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Robert Charles Lawson

Raleigh, NC
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Robby Lawson brings a genuine zeal and commitment to ensuring that all elements of transactions come together properly for his clients, who include major publicly and privately held companies, office park and shopping center landlords and tenants, regional real estate developers and local business owners. His ability to see an issue (or opportunity) from multiple perspectives, specialized experience and knack for uncovering what is truly in the best interest of his clients enable Robby to be an effective advocate.

Robby is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law (Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions). His practice focuses on all aspects and types of commercial real estate, including buyer and seller representation in real estate transactions; commercial lease negotiation, drafting, evictions and collections; borrower and lender representation in commercial loans; solar energy and renewable energy; condominium law; easements; condemnation negotiations; land development; and commercial foreclosures.

At Williams Mullen, Robby serves as the co-chair of the firm’s North Carolina Recruiting Committee and serves on the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee (chairing the Committee from 2021 to 2024).

Robby has been recognized as a leading real estate attorney in the U.S. by Chambers USA (2015-present) and listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers in the Real Estate category (2014-present). He was previously listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2012-2013). In 2013, Business North Carolina named him to the “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” for obtaining the highest number of votes in North Carolina in the Real Estate category. He had been a past “Legal Elite” winner for Real Estate (2011-2012) and one of the “Young Guns” (2012-2013). Martindale-Hubbell has rated Robby an AV attorney, its highest rating.

In addition, in 2015, the Triangle Business Journal named Robby a 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards winner, and, in 2011, the Triangle Business Leader presented Robby the Mover & Shakers Award. Robby is actively involved with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and graduated from the Leadership Raleigh program in 2013 and the Emerging Leaders program in 2012.  In April 2013, he attended the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Inter-City Visit & Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

Committed to enhancing the Raleigh community, Robby volunteers with several community organizations. In 2017, Robby was named to the board of directors of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown by enhancing its quality of life and contributing to its economic success. Previously, Robby volunteered for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s Annual Downtown Raleigh Home Tour, serving as chairperson of the Home Tour in 2011 and 2012.

From 2014 through 2017, Robby served on the board of directors of the United Arts Council of Wake County, which enhances the community through support and advocacy for the arts. Shortly after joining the United Arts Council board in 2014, he took a leadership position as head of the Development Committee and as a head panelist for the Grants Committee. During his term, Robby also served as vice chair of development for the United Arts Council. In November 2014, Robby hosted a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” fundraiser at his downtown condominium featuring sound and light artist Craig Stelzenmuller.

In January 2015, Robby concluded his fourth full year on the board of the Capital City Clauses, serving as president of the organization from 2013-2014 and as an active board member in 2014. Under Robby’s leadership as president of the organization, the Capital City Clauses raised over 7,500 toys for the Christmas Cheer Program of the Salvation Army of Wake County through the organization’s annual fundraisers, including the Jingle Ball, Jingle in July, the Stock the Sled Toy Drive and local company toy drives. In his one-year term as president, he committed almost 300 hours to the organization.

Additionally, Robby served on the board of his homeowner’s association, where he presided as president from 2010-2013. In 2012 and 2013, Robby volunteered for the SAFEchild Advocacy Center, where he helped that organization with a marketing and fundraising plan and made a presentation to the board relating to that plan.

Robby is actively involved with the North Carolina Bar Association. In 2015, he was appointed to the Real Property Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. Since 2013, Robby has been involved with the Forms Committee with the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Robby received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was Student Bar Association president, an executive member of the Moot Court Board and chief justice of Phi Alpha Delta. He also received his M.B.A from Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management, where he served as an executive member of the Student Government Association.


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  • Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D.), 2003
  • Wake Forest University, Babcock Graduate School of Management (MBA), 2003
  • University of Virginia (B.A.), 1999
Professional & Community Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division & Real Property Section
  • North Carolina State Bar - Bar Candidate Interview Committee (2007-2010)
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association

Community Involvements

  • Downtown Raleigh Alliance - Board of Directors (2017-present); Downtown Raleigh Home Tour, Chairperson (2011-2012)
  • United Arts Council - Board of Directors, Vice Chair of Development (2014-present
  • Capital City Clauses, Inc. - President (2013-2014); Vice President (2012-2013); Board of Directors (2011-2015)
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Raleigh Program (2012-2013); Emerging Leaders Program (2011-2012)
  • SAFEchild - Volunteer for the SAFEchild Advocacy Center (2012-2013)
  • The Plaza Condominium Owners Association, Inc. - President (2010-2013); Board of Directors (2010-2013)
  • Triangle Impact/Service Juris - Steering Committee Member (2007-2010)
Bar & Court Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law – Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions (2009)

Chambers USA – Real Estate (2015-present)

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law (2018-present)

AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Business North Carolina - "Legal Elite Hall of Fame," Real Estate (Class of 2013)

Business North Carolina - "Legal Elite," Real Estate (2011-Present)

North Carolina Super Lawyers - Real Estate (2014-present)

Business Leader, “Movers & Shakers” (2011)

Business North Carolina, "Legal Elite" - Young Guns (2012, 2013)

Named a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (2012, 2013)

Triangle Business Journal "40 under 40" Leadership Awards (2015)

Robbie is highly intelligent and well versed in all things real estate.

Williams Mullen Client Feedback - Chambers USA, 2024