Gregory Shelton Portrait Photograph
FOUNDER & CEO Gregory Shelton

Founding member Gregory L. Shelton has helped business solve problems since 1995. Greg advises his clients on the law, drafts and negotiates their contracts and leases, and champions them in court. Greg has handled a variety of cases over the years, from securities litigation to shareholder “buy sell” disputes to copyright infringement cases.

Greg’s bread and butter is construction law, commercial leasing, and HOA disputes in the Carolinas. Greg particularly enjoys cases requiring visits to the field. One particularly hot and humid day (even by Florida standards), a client asked Greg to drop what he was doing, jump in the car, and attend an inspection of hot-mop asphalt operations on a five-story campus building. Since that day, Greg keeps a pair of boots and jeans in his office just in case.

Other cases have taken Greg to a noisy smoke-filled telephone boiler room being shut down by a court-appointed receiver; a federal detention center to consult with an inmate; a waste-water treatment plan to inspect concrete; a subdivision cul-de-sac, in the rain, for a rowdy HOA board meeting; a hurricane-flooded shopping center; the spa at one of North Carolina’s most recognized resorts; and countless HOA pools and clubhouses.

Greg is licensed to practice in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. He is a South Carolina circuit court mediator and North Carolina superior court mediator. Greg has published many articles through the years and served as Managing Editor of the Sixth and Seventh editions of the North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook; the definitive treatise on construction law in North Carolina.

Greg became a board-certified construction law specialist in Florida in 2005; the first year such a certification was offered. Greg has regularly been included in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite and in U.S News & World Report’s Best Lawyers.


J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1995, with honors

B.S., Finance, Florida State University College of Business, 1991


Law Review (1992-1995)

Executive Editor (1994-1995)

St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford University, United Kingdom (1993)

English Legal History, Restitution, Comparative Criminal Procedure


Northern District of Florida, Honorable William Stafford


Florida Board Certified Construction Law Specialist



North Carolina Procurement Legislation Brings New Flexibility to Delivery of Public Building Projects, Construction Magazine (Dec. 2002)

Federal Public Contracting, North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook

Economic Loss Rule: Florida and Utah Update, Common Sense Contracting (Spring 2003)

 AIA Documents in North Carolina, LORMAN (June 2004)

Sextant or Kaleidoscope? Court of Appeals Applies Contract Constraint Limitation

Version of Economic Loss Rule in Construction Defect Case, 21 Change Order 3 (June 2007)

North Carolina Operator’s Manual for the AIA Document A401 Form Subcontract, 19 Change Order 1 (June 2005)

Western District Holds that Federal Miller Act Does Not Preempt State Lien Laws, 20 Change Order (April 2006)

No Contract? No Problem! Court of Appeals Allows Owner to Recover Directly from Subcontractor for Defective Work, Carolina Subcontractor (Nov. 2007)

Lost Amendment, ELR


Don’t Let Green Building Put You in the Red

Associated Builders and Contractors Annual Conference

Charleston, SC 2009

Working with AIA Contracts: What’s Behind the Looking Glass?

Lorman Educational Services

Raleigh, NC 2009

Associated Builders and Contractors Annual Conference

Charleston, SC 2008

Construction Law

Lawyer/CPA Forum

Charlotte, NC 2007

AIA Documents in North Carolina, LORMAN (June 2004)

Collections, Carolina Fence Association (Apr. 2004)

Alternative Delivery Methods, Carolinas AGC conference (Apr. 2004)

Annual Construction Law Update, Smith Currie & Hancock (Mar. 2004)

Contract Law Review Workshop, Carolinas AGC (Aug. 2004)

Construction Law Update, UNCC (Nov. 2004)

Construction Law Update, Mecklenburg County Bar Association (Fed. 2012)

Construction Law Update, Mecklenburg County Bar Association (Feb. 2015)

Construction Law, Turner Construction


American Subcontractor Association of the Carolinas (ASAC)

Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC)

(Chairman, ABC Governmental Affairs Committee; Chairman, Charlotte Council)

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)

Construction Professionals Network (CPN)

Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC) (Executive Board Member)

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

Professional Construction Estimators Association (PCEA)


Executive Board of Directors

Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas

Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee Charlotte Council

Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas

Council, Construction Law Section

North Carolina Bar Association

Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission

Vice Chairman