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Joe Nanney

Joe Nanney

Mr. Nanney has been practicing business, commercial, and construction law in North Carolina for more than 20 years. His clients range from individuals to large corporations. Mr. Nanney takes pride in the advice and counsel he gives to each, tailoring the strategy of each case to the needs of the client. His primary focus is always to achieve the client’s goals in the most efficient, effective manner. Mr. Nanney & Mr. Meynardie are committed to the success of our clients in the courtroom, at the negotiation table, and in their core businesses.

Mr. Nanney has litigated commercial disputes throughout the United States for over twenty years. He has conducted numerous jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. Nanney has represented owners, developers, contractors, architects and sureties in numerous public and private construction projects. He also has worked extensively with clients involved in a wide variety of trademark and copyright disputes in state and federal courts, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, DC.

As a trial lawyer, Mr. Nanney has represented a wide range of clients, including: physicians, pharmacists, small business owners, pharmaceutical companies, retailers, manufacturers, software creators, and real estate agents. He has prosecuted and defended claims that run the gamut from simple contract disputes to complex professional negligence cases.

Mr. Nanney has appeared before many state licensing boards on behalf of clients accused of violating various regulatory schemes, including appearances before: the North Carolina Medical Board; the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners; the North Carolina Board of Architecture; the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors; the North Carolina Real Estate Commission; and the North Carolina State Board for Certified Public Accountant Examiners.

In addition to resolving disputes, Mr. Nanney has drafted, reviewed and negotiated scores of contracts involving a wide range of goods and services, including construction contracts for several multi-million dollar projects in Research Triangle Park.


University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • J.D. – 1991
  • Honors: With Honors
  • Law Review: North Carolina Law Review, Editor

Mars Hill College

  • B.M. (Summa Cum Laude) – 1983
  • Meynardie & Nanney, PLLC, 2010 – Present
  • Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, 1999 – 2010
  • Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, 1991 – 1999
  • Joe has represented a number of small and medium-sized businesses as their outside general counsel. From contractors, to real estate developers, to retail businesses, Joe has helped his clients work through innumerable issues. From contract negotiations to HR issues, from risk management to complex disputes, Joe has worked with his clients to help them succeed.
  • Joe has negotiated contracts for everything from the construction of multi-million-dollar construction contracts in Research Triangle Park, to compensation packages for executives. In every case, Joe has focused on his client’s goals with a single focus: reaching a deal that achieves the client’s goals while finding a win-win.
  • When a client discovered that an employee had stolen thousands of dollars without anyone noticing, Joe helped the client recover a portion of the stolen funds, prosecute the former employee, and implement systems to ensure that no one could ever take funds from the client again.
  • When the franchisee of a client tried to break his franchise agreement and open a competing business in violation of his franchise agreement, Joe helped the client develop an exit strategy for the franchisee that avoided a significant and protracted fight, and protected the client’s valuable brand.
  • Joe’s client was one of two owners of a restaurant. The other owner contributed very little to the business in terms of capital or sweat equity. When it became clear that the second owner was going to claim ½ of the profits of the business, despite contributing virtually nothing to the success of the business, the client contacted Joe for help. In a matter of a few months, Joe negotiated a resolution through which his client gained 100% control of the business without protracted litigation.