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Karen Smith
Phone: 919.821.6773
Fax: 919.821.6800

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • All North Carolina State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2006

Columbia University, B.A., cum laude, English and Comparative Literature, 2003

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Emily C. Yeatts

  • 150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2300
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
  • Phone: 919.821.6633
  • Fax: 919.821.6800

Emily Yeatts is a member of the Real Estate Development Group. Her practice involves counseling owners, tenants, developers, sureties and contractors on all issues related to project development, design, construction and procurement. She regularly handles construction and commercial contract drafting, negotiation and review.  She also has experience litigating contract disputes and business tort actions.

Emily advises clients on legal issues associated with sustainability practices, including LEED certification, green leasing and construction contracts for green buildings. She has been accredited through the Green Building Certification Institute as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member, North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section Council
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Harvard Law School Board of Student Advisers, Executive Board Member (2005-2006)
  • Harvard Law School Legal Research and Writing Program, Teaching Fellow
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Call 4ALL Program
  • Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women

Honors & Awards

  • Harvard Law School Dean's Award for Community Leadership


  • Represented Fortune 250 company in negotiations and preparation of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements for the construction of three solar facilities, totaling 128 megawatts of capacity
  • Represented an international biotechnology corporation on engineering, procurement and construction management agreement for construction of a $500 million chemical manufacturing facility
  • Represented an international quartz surface producer on design build agreement for new manufacturing facility
  • Represented a large soft drink manufacturer on design and construction agreements for multiple production and storage facilities
  • Represented an international corporation on construction agreement for a $40 million renovation of its Americas headquarters
  • Represented an owner/developer on design and construction agreements for redevelopment of an office tower into a boutique hotel
  • Represented an owner/developer on design and construction agreements for new construction of a national brand hotel
  • Represented a prime contractor on bid and all other legal issues related to North Carolina’s first Turnpike Authority highway construction project ($800 million I-540 extension project)
  • Represented non-profit owner/operator of medical hospice facilities with regard to land acquisition, CON permitting, design professional and contractor bid and contract documents related to $12 million hospice care facility
  • Represented world's largest clinical research organization on contracting, claims and risk management related to construction of headquarters building in Durham, North Carolina/RTP
  • Represented international pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with risk management and claims issues related to biological safety level (BSL) III laboratory project
  • Represented owner on design-build agreement and certificate of need (CON) permitting for construction of $20 million medical/surgical facility in Pinehurst, North Carolina



  • Co-author of “Case Law Summaries,” NCBA Construction Law Deskbook, 5th Ed (2010); 6th Ed (2013)
  • Co-Author, Article: "Incorporation By Reference: Be Clear Or Beware," Published in the Change Order, Vol. 23, No. 1, October 2008



  • Presentation and Manuscript: Complying with Rules and Regulations in the Practice of Professional Engineering, Legal Issues for Professional Engineers Seminar, November 2011
  • Presentation, Legal Issues in Green Building, CTE Conference, July 23, 2009