Patrick L. Byker


Patrick Byker is a real estate lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of zoning, land use and municipal law, real estate litigation and commercial real estate law. Having received a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1992 and a Master’s Degree in Regional Land Use Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994, Patrick is uniquely suited to advise clients on how to obtain the appropriate governmental approvals to move real estate development projects forward.  He has extensive experience representing clients before local elected officials to approve high-quality real estate development throughout the Triangle.

Professional Background in Land Use and Real Estate Law

Patrick is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), an achievement he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System.

He also has worked on several Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects, focusing on either high density residential (50-80 dwellings per acre) or mixed-use developments that combine commercial, office and residential uses in order to reduce dependence on the automobile and foster sustainability.

In addition, Patrick has been involved with transportation issues facing the Triangle.  He has served as a member of the Durham Area Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the DATA Board. During his tenure on the DATA Board, Patrick was a spokesman for Durham’s transit system and worked with elected officials to secure financial support for a new fleet of buses and a new operations facility. Also during his tenure on the DATA Board, Patrick worked diligently to make sure the costs of Durham’s transit system stayed within budget parameters while expanding transit service to meet the needs of the citizens who rely on the bus system.

His civic involvement also includes serving as the Vice President of Government Relations with the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick has been a speaker at continuing legal education seminars on the current state of zoning law and restrictive covenants in North Carolina.  His planning background makes him well versed in zoning and land use related law and in the creation and administration of restrictive covenants, the private contractual relationships that govern leading-edge commercial, residential and mixed-use developments in the Triangle.

  • Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, RTP Office (2000-05)
  • Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman, LP, RTP Office (2005-08)
  • K&L Gates, LLP, RTP Office (2008-12)
Professional Activities/Achievements

    • Urban Land Institute, Triangle Chapter
    • Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (Board Member, 2015-Present)
    • Durham Convention Center Authority (Board Member, 2006-2009; Chair 2009- 2015)
    • City of Durham Capital Program Advisory Committee (Member 2005-2008; Chair, 2006-2008)
    • Durham Area Transit Authority (Chair, 1999-2003; Board, Member, 1996-2004)
    • Friends of Durham, (Steering Committee, 2000-present; Chair, 2000-2002)
    • Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce (Government Affairs Committee, 2000-present)
    • Durham Crime Cabinet (Secretary, 1997-1999)
    • North Carolina Bar Association (Land Use and Zoning Section)
    • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2013-2019
Representative Work  in Land Use and Real Estate Law

  • Represented developer for entitlement of 175 acre, transit oriented development with over 2,000 residential units and over 400,000 sq. ft. of commercial space
  • Obtained entitlements for 450 acre mixed use development with 1,300 residential units, 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office space and 160,000 sq. ft. of retail.
  • Assisted multi-family developers with rezonings for apartments with between 50 and 80 units per acre
  • Represented national home improvement retailer to achieve approval for anchor store with multiple outparcels and over 200 townhouses
  • Achieved multi-million dollar settlement and improved access for office park ownership in condemnation action with North Carolina Turnpike Authority

  • “Restrictive Covenants and Related Issues,” Wake Forest University School of Law, Continuing Legal Education Program, Real Property, 2007
  • National Business Institute Continuing Legal Education, 2004
  • “Streamlined development review needed,” The Herald-Sun, co-authored article with Bill Brian, May 2008
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