Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • 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

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Paul 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 lot development facilities.
  • He has drafted a master declaration of covenants, land condominium declarations and other documents for a two-block urban mixed-use redevelopment.
  • 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.

Of Note

  • Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2012-2019 (Chair, 2016-2019)
  • Durham City/County Board of Adjustment, Alternate Member (2006-2007) 
  • Charlotte Secondary School, Board of Directors, 2015-2018 (Chair, 2017-2018)
  • 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