Keith H. Johnson 
Partner
Education

University of Virginia, JD, 1989

University of North Carolina, BA, 1985

Professional and Community Activities

Wake County Economic Development Board
Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors
North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member
YMCA of the Triangle, Board of Advisors
NC Coastal Conservation Association - Board member, and head of Wake Chapter

Jurisdictions Licensed
301 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900, Raleigh, NC 27601t: 919.783.1013|
P.O. Box 1801, Raleigh, NC 27602-1801f: 919.783.1075|

Keith’s practice focuses on environmental and municipal law, and commercial litigation.

He has guided clients through virtually every state program designed to address contaminated property, including Brownfields agreements, the Dry-Cleaning Solvent program, petroleum underground storage tanks and reimbursements, and voluntary cleanups under the state’s Inactive Hazardous Sites law.

He represents both local governments and private parties in disputes over a variety of land use matters, including Superfund liability and other claims over responsibility for contamination, disputes among partners in development projects, and enforcement of zoning and other local land use restrictions.  His litigation experience includes citizens suits, class action lawsuits, and litigation under the state Administrative Procedures Act over inter-basin water transfers and penalties and other enforcement actions initiated by state environmental authorities.

Keith has assisted developers and local governments with the planning, permitting and construction of a variety of projects, including solid waste recycling and disposal facilities, and compliance with the state Environmental Policy Act.

He also represents local governments regarding code enforcement, telecommunications, and information technology contracts.

Keith has completed extensive training and presented on electronic discovery.

Representative Experience

Obtain local franchise and zoning for construction and demolition recycling and disposal facility

Represented a waste-to-energy company in contract to assume county solid waste operations and to construct a material recovery facility

Defense verdict in litigation over failed landfill venture

Obtained $1.5M judgment in arbitration for minority investors in residential development dispute

Obtained judgment shutting down a racetrack in nuisance suit, after bench trial


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Firm Management Responsibilities

Keith is Chair of Poyner Spruill's Land Use, Utilities, Government, Environmental and Real Estate Section, and leads the Sustainability Practice Group and E-Discovery Team.
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