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Russell B. Killen

Board of Directors of the Firm


Russell Killen focuses his practice in the area of construction and land development, including dispute resolution, contract negotiation and project entitlement. Mr. Killen’s practice is uniquely focused on the complete life cycle of development from entitlement through construction and the final resolution of any disputes. Mr. Killen's national and international clients include universities, real estate developers, hospitals, hotels, homebuilders, product manufacturers, architectural and engineering firms and general contractors. He regularly presents seminars on risk management, project entitlement, advanced contract negotiation and project delivery methods.

Mr. Killen represents clients involved in complex construction projects, including contract negotiations, scheduling and delay claims, construction defect claims, retaining wall and foundation failures, mold and indoor air quality claims, lien claims and payment disputes.

Mr. Killen negotiates and drafts construction contracts for clients throughout the country and internationally. His experience includes EPC contracts, design-build contracts and multi-year multi-phase projects. Mr. Killen’s focus on developing and implementing specific solutions for each project. helps his clients avoid many of the customary pitfalls associated with construction projects. 

Finally, Mr. Killen’s extensive experience and contacts in the municipal arena provide his clients a unique perspective and benefit in connection with land use and zoning matters, where he regularly represents commercial, multi family, resort and residential developers.

Mr. Killen served as mayor of the Town of Knightdale from 2007 to 2015 and was president of the Wake County Mayors Association in 2011 and 2015. He served as a member of the Knightdale town council from 2003-2007.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys named to Business NC 2014 Legal Elite
  • 0 Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America 5 or More Years in a Row

Representative Matters

Dispute Resolution

  • Represented owner/developer in separate arbitration, state court and federal court proceedings regarding the development of a luxury home community with more than $150 million in infrastructure.
  • Successfully defended a national engineering firm against multi-million dollar claim alleging design defects and delays arising out of the design and construction of drilled shafts on an interstate highway project. 
  • Prosecuted general contractor's $4-million dollar claim against product manufacturer, architectural firm and subcontractors regarding the design and construction of the roofing system for the facility.
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of a health care system regarding major delays in the design, construction and permitting of a new central energy plant. 
  • Successfully defended national homebuilder in a series of construction defect/environmental contamination lawsuits and attempted class certification of the lawsuits.

Contract Negotiation

  • Drafted and negotiated design, construction and ancillary agreements for construction of a new North American headquarters for international automobile manufacturer.
  • Drafted and negotiated design and construction contracts for hospital system's multi-year multi-phase campus expansion program, including construction of  new patient towers.
  • Negotiated development and construction contracts on behalf of a university for its campus housing expansion projects.
  • Drafted contracts and negotiated the owner-controlled insurance program for the construction of a new $150-million manufacturing facility on behalf of international pharmaceutical client.
  • Drafted EPC contract for international textile manufacturer's major expansion of an existing facility in western North Carolina.
  • Prepared and negotiated contracts for design and construction related to development of international resort property.

Land Use and Entitlement

  • Served as counsel for developer on rezoning and entitlement of 100-acre tract in Cary, NC for retail, office, and residential development, involving coordination with State Property Office, negotiating provisions for zoning overlay district, and collaboration with Town Council and adjacent property owners.
  • Represented commercial developer on build out, entitlement, and leasing of 22-acre mixed use development including sketch plan review, securing utility easements, and organizing community outreach.
  • Represented hotel owner in connection with entitlement of new hotel.
  • Advised and represented developer in pursuing and seeking amendment of existing entitlements for master planned mixed use development.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Construction Law, 2007-2017; Litigation – Construction, 2011-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Construction; Professional Negligence Defense; Real Property Dispute Resolution; Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR); Public Transit
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Construction Litigation, Construction/Surety and Land Use/Zoning, 2007-2017
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Construction Law, 2006-2007, 2009, 2012-2014
  • Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Wake County Mayor's Association, President, 2011, 2015
  • Wake Education Partnership, Board of Directors, 2005-present
  • Triangle Land Conservancy, Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities, Finance and Administration Legislative Committee 2009-2015
  • Communities in Schools of the Triangle, Board of Directors, 2013-2015