Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
Practice Areas
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996
  • North Carolina, 1996
  • South Carolina, 2015
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Paul A. Arena

Professional Affiliations

Arena focuses his practice on acquisition, disposition, financing, development and leasing of real property.

  • He represents real estate owners in tax-deferred exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, including forward and reverse exchanges and tenant in common restructures.
  • He represents lenders and borrowers in real estate loan transactions, with a particular focus on homebuilder construction facilities and A&D facilities.
  • He has represented land developers in the organization of joint private wastewater treatment facilities under the North Carolina Planned Community Act and the transfer of such facilities to public utilities for ongoing service.
  • He has represented a bank in the completion of development of a 70 unit second-tier residential condominium tower that secured a distressed $30,000,000 construction loan, including the preparation of a master land condominium declaration, a second-tier condominium declaration and template documents for the sale of second-tier condominium units by the bank.
  • He has represented a bank in a $15,000,000.00 acquisition and development loan secured by a statutory riparian easement, marina facilities and non-profit yacht club interests.
  • He has represented local government and quasi-governmental entities regarding real estate, development, contract and other transactional matters, including representation of a municipality in a joint venture with a school board to acquire and develop land for schools, a municipal community center and municipal park.
  • He has served as local counsel to a national wireless telecommunications firm regarding antenna and tower leases. 

Of Note

  • Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Zoning Board of Adjustment, Chair 
  • Durham City/County Board of Adjustment, Alternate Member (2006-2007) 
  • Charlotte Secondary School, Board of Directors, Chair
  • Panelist, “Elected and Appointed Officials – Do’s and Don’ts of Representing Clients in Legislative and Quasi-Judicial Proceedings,” N.C. Bar Association Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section Annual Meeting (April 6, 2017)
  • Ranked among Law & Politics magazine's North Carolina "Rising Stars" (Real Estate) 
  • Recognized in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite," (Real Estate)
  • Leadership Raleigh, Class 22 Graduate 
  • Member of Land Acquisition Committee, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Charlotte, NC (2010-2012)
  • Volunteer Advisor to High County Conservancy, Boone, NC (2002-2005) 
  • Adjunct Professor, Pfeiffer University MBA, "Business Law," (Summer 2002)

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Real Property Law Section, Business Law Section, and Land Use Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • 26th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • CREW Charlotte
  • Charlotte Region Commercial Board of Realtors
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Urban Land Institute