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Sharita M. Whitaker

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Emily Zirbs
Phone: 919.838.2154


I have had a passion for real estate from a very young age. Growing up, I witnessed that ownership of land, a home, or business was unattainable for many, including my own family. Learning about real estate was the foundation upon which I wanted to build my career. Having a career that is dedicated to real estate is a dream fulfilled on a daily basis. 

I am a member of the firm's Real Estate Development Group and focus my practice in the areas of Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Development. I regularly assist clients with many aspects of commercial real estate, including, among other things: acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing; title analysis and title disputes; public utility real estate issues; right-of-way acquisitions; condemnation/eminent domain actions; and easement negotiation and drafting. 

I am committed to diversity and inclusion within the legal field and beyond and devote a considerable amount of time to this commitment. I serve as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and am an active member of Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW) and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee.


  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Former Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee
    • Former Co-Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee's ¡Adelante! Moving Forward Program
    • Member, Real Property Section
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association
  • Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW) 
  • International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA)
  • The National Black Lawyers, Top 100 Black Lawyers in NC (2020)
  • "Future Leader - Minority Lawyers (Private Practice)", inaugural Chambers Diversity Award, 2016 
  • "Tar Heel of the Week", The News & Observer, January 3, 2016
  • "Leaders in Diversity" Award, Triangle Business Journal, 2015
  • Awarded the honor of serving as a law student member of the 2008 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Leadership Institute in New York



  • Extensive experience with complex real estate acquisition, right of way/easement acquisition, and title/boundary disputes 
  • Certified to review and sign North Carolina real estate title opinions for numerous title insurance companies 
  • Significant experience representing condemnors in condemnation/eminent domain matters across North Carolina

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements


  • Panelist, "Millennials in the Workplace: A Cross-Generational Discussion," N.C. Chamber Women > A Force in Business Conference

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina


North Carolina Central University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010

  • Member, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Senior Editor for the NCCU School of Law Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review

North Carolina State University, B.A., Public and Interpersonal Communication, summa cum laude, 2007

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