Amy C. Crout

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Emily Zirbs
Phone: 919.838.2154


Amy has dedicated her education and career to understanding the intersection between the law and government practices. Her practice centers on advising private real estate developers, end users, public utilities, and local governments and helping them navigate their complicated land use and commercial real estate issues through all stages of the legal process—from overseeing transactional matters, to drafting development agreements, handling administrative land use approvals and proceedings before local government boards, and litigating cases and appeals.

Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Amy worked for an international law firm representing clients in land use and commercial real estate matters. She also served as the legislative liaison for the North Carolina Industrial Commission and as a law clerk for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Additionally, Amy holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Outside of the office, Amy is committed to civic engagement and community service. She currently serves as the President of the Capital City Clauses, a local nonprofit whose mission is to bring hope, cheer and joy to kids by being the sprinkles in their lives on Christmas morning and throughout the year through various toy gifting and grant opportunities.

  • Capital City Clauses
    • President (2022–present)
    • Vice President (2021–2022)
    • Board Member (2020–2021)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Communications Committee Chair, Government & Public Sector Section (2019–2021)
    • Member, Zoning, Planning & Land Use Section
  • Wake County Bar Association

Best Lawyers®, Ones to Watch Land Use & Zoning Law, 2021

Academic Appointments

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Certified Student Practitioner, Domestic Violence Clinic
    • Articles Editor, First Amendment Law Review
    • Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2016
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.P.A., 2016
  • Campbell University, B.A., Government, summa cum laude, 2011


  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
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