Carl J. Burchette is an associate in the Civil Litigation and Corporate Transactions, Governance + Disputes practice groups at HSSM. He concentrates his law practice on general civil and commercial litigation, with a special interest in construction law. Although Carl’s practice primarily focuses on litigation, he has broad experience practicing in the areas of business operations and disputes, environmental, construction, and professional design. This includes representing general contractors, trade contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, designers, various businesses, and owners’ associations in matters including contract preparation and review, negotiations, and licensing board disputes, in addition to litigating in court and arbitration. Carl has prepared contracts and handled claims relating to a broad range of projects and business ventures including breweries, restaurants, state funded infrastructure, schools, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, and subdivisions.

In addition to his regular practice, Carl takes pride in making himself available to assist clients quickly and effectively when and where situations arise that require confidential, legal guidance and/or the coordination of in-house and outside counsel, investigators, and experts. This encompasses a wide variety of matters, including on-site catastrophes, environmental spills and violations, business/employment disputes, media coverage and investigations, and personal matters.

Previously, Carl worked with the Van Winkle Law Firm in both their Asheville and Charlotte offices. During law school, Carl worked at the Property Control Division of the North Carolina Justice Department and tried cases at the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office under a supervised license available to law students.

Practice Areas


• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, JD, 2014
• University of Alabama, BA, 2010, University Honors Program


• Member, North Carolina Bar Association
• Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
• Member, Buncombe County Bar Association
• Council Member, North Carolina Bar Association ("NCBA") Construction Law Section
• Co-Chair, Membership and Diversity Committee of the NCBA Construction Law Section (2015-2016)
• Co-Chair, Ethics and Legislative Affairs Committee of the NCBA Construction Law Section (2016-Present)
• Co-Chair, CLE Planning Committee of the NCBA Construction Law Section (2016-Present)
• Programming Committee, Bobbitt Inn of Court (2016-Present)
• Member, Civil/Construction Collaborative Law Planning Group
• Member, Carolinas AGC (Associated General Contractors of America)

Honors + Activities

  • Planner - “From Handshake to Payment: Navigating the Legal Landscape of the Modern Construction Project from Drafting Agreements to Litigating Disputes.” 2017 North Carolina/South Carolina Bar Associations Joint Construction Law Program, September 22-23, 2017
  • Planner - “Managing Risk: Insurance Considerations for the Construction Industry?” North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section, Winter Program, February 23, 2017
  • Presenter - “Uniform Commercial Code vs. Common Law: Which Governs?” North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section, Winter Program, February 24, 2016
  • Author, “Spearin and Pre-Construction Contractors: A Warning from the Bay State,” Change Order, Vol. 30, No. 1, September 2015, Newsletter of the North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section
  • Presenter - “North Carolina’s New P3 Legislation, and the Risks Posed to Design Professionals in Failing to Change Our Little Miller Act,” 2013 Design Professionals Forum
  • Eagle Scout, Troop 116