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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
Robert L. Burchette PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2321 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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  • Construction Litigation
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Condemnation & Land Use


  • Wake Forest University (J.D., 1976)
  • Guilford College (B.A., 1971)


  • North Carolina, 1976

Representative Transactions

  • Represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties and insurers in wide range of construction disputes and issues. Projects include coliseums, stadiums, convention centers, high-rise offices, condos, shopping centers, hotels, schools and hospitals in projects up to $350 million.
  • Involved in industrial, highway and utility construction including dams, highways, bridges, wastewater treatment facilities, tunnels and cogeneration in projects up to $450 million.
  • Certified mediator facilitating over 150 disputes since 1986.
  • Represents parties in real estate and development dispute, shareholder disputes, commercial/contract disputes, condemnation, zoning and right to build.

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation (2006-2018)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite" - Construction Law (2002-2018)
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America Construction Law and Litigation - Construction sections (2003-2019)
  • Recognized by Carolinas AGC for assistance in the defeat of Senate Bill 435 (2011)
  • Charlotte Business Journal "Best Construction Lawyer" (2002)
  • Master, Justice William Bobbitt Inn of Court (1996-present)
  • North Carolina Court's Commission (1995-1997)
  • Editor, Change Order (1992-1993)
  • Staff Member, Wake Forest University Law Review (1975-1976)

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderator and Speaker, "GC/Sub Relationships: A Partnership of Equals or a Shotgun Wedding? And what about those False Claims?" at the NC Bar Association Construction Law Winter Program (2013)
  • Speaker, North Carolina Lien and Bond Law changes at the Carolinas AGC Double Payment/Lien Seminar (2012) Charlotte and Asheville seminars
  • Speaker, Carolinas AGC Building and Utility Division's annual meeting (2011 and 2012)
  • Co-Author, Claims and Insurance Sections of the North Carolina Construction Law Deskbook (1994-present)
  • Co-contributor and Presenter: "North Carolina Construction Law" (1999-2003)
  • Speaker, Current Legal Issues Affecting Construction Lawyers in NC and SC, CAGC (2003)
  • Speaker, ABA Forum on Construction Law on Force Majeure (2003)
  • Speaker, "Use of Special Master in Construction Litigation", NC Bar Association/ Construction Law Section (2003)
  • Speaker, Construction Forum Manager's Association Legal Issues Night (2002)
  • Speaker, Subcontractor Law Seminar, CAGC (2002)
  • Co-Author, Construction Law: Can this job be saved? Creative strategies for project completion "Litigation Avoidance in North Carolina," Lorman Services (1999)
  • Speaker, Fundamentals of Construction Law

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association's Construction Arbitration Panels
  • Committee Member, ABA Construction Forum's Committee on Liens, Bonds and Insurance (Division 7)
  • Construction Professional Network
  • American Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • President, Myers Park Country Club
  • Board of Directors, Myers Park Country Club (2005 - 2012)
  • Former Leader, Boy Scouts of America
  • Former Coach, YMCA Youth Basketball
  • Former Coach, Myers Park United Methodist Youth Basketball