Chadwick I. McCullen


Chad McCullen concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, asset protection, business law, and commercial real estate matters. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite™.

In his estate practice, Chad advises clients on planning strategies and prepares a wide variety of documents ranging from basic wills to complex trusts to achieve each client’s individual planning goals in the most tax efficient manner. Chad also represents fiduciaries with respect to trust and estate administration matters. He has significant experience in identifying and resolving issues created by closely-held and family owned business interests in the estate planning and administration context.

Chad represents clients in multiple types of business and transactional matters including entity selection, formation, operation, corporate governance, taxation, mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. He regularly negotiates and drafts a variety of commercial and business documents such as shareholders agreements, employment agreements, and stock and asset purchase agreements.

Additionally, Chad has broad experience in an assortment of real estate matters including acquisition, leasing, finance, development, and foreclosure. He has assisted clients in matters such as the purchase and sale of retail shopping centers, the acquisition of long term care facilities and commercial loan foreclosures.

Chad is a native of Johnston County, North Carolina, and joined the firm in 2014 after practicing with an established eastern North Carolina firm for five years. He was voted a shareholder in 2016.

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., with honors, Charleston School of Law, 2008
  • Master of Laws in Taxation, University of Florida, 2009
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

Admitted in

  • North Carolina, 2008
  • U.S. Tax Court

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