Dottie practices in the dynamic business and real estate departments. Her practice covers a wide range of areas from business and real estate financing and transactions to everyday business advice involving strategic contract negotiation, business strategies, human resources, corporate formation, management and dissolution. Dottie has extensive experience in forming, buying and selling businesses, whether small family owned businesses or publicly traded companies. She represents insurance companies and agents in purchase and sale transactions and in negotiations with the North Carolina Department of Insurance. In addition, she is one of only a few lawyers in North Carolina who have extensive expertise in the rapidly expanding area of equine law. 

Dottie also serves as the firm’s recruiting partner.

Visit Dottie’s blog at; and tweet her @NCHorseLawyer

Experience Highlights
Regularly represents NC business owners (veterinarians, daycare owners, dentists, insurance companies, restaurant owners, equestrians, stables, etc.) in connection with the sale or purchase of businesses and property; successfully negotiates terms and prepares all closing documentation to finalize transactions.

Represents multiple lenders and property owners in connection with complex real estate title defects (including boundary disputes, lien priority disputes, easement disputes and mineral rights disputes), negotiating successful resolutions of these concerns, including successfully appearing before the NC Court of Appeals in a rare equitable subrogation matter.

Represents major equine insurance agency, several large equine show boarding and teaching facilities, prominent equine trainers, show managers, breeders and many horse owners and equestrians with regard to corporate matters, real property matters, personal injury matters and business disputes.

Represents several equine owners in major veterinary malpractice matters, seller misrepresentation matters and similar disputes, successfully negotiating resolutions of those matters. 

Represents multiple NC licensed insurance companies, brokers and agents in connection with their acquisitions of insurance books of business, companies and agencies and in their negotiations with the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

Publications & Presentations
Author, Equine Law Blog at
Author, Equine Law Twitter Feed @NCHorse Lawyer
Presenter, 2015 and 2016 National Conferences on Equine Law, Lexington, Kentucky
Guest Lecturer on Equine Law, NCSU College of Agriculture
Guest Lecturer on Business Law, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Contributing Author, Southeast Equine magazine
Guest Lecturer on Business & Real Estate Law, UNC School of Dentistry
Meredith College Seminar Instructor – “Owning Your Own  Business”
Meredith College Senior Class Keynote Speaker

Representative Business Clients
4th Vector Technologies
Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company
Chapel Hill Comics
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Commonwealth Title Insurance Company
Crystal C. Finnegan, DDS
Dual Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning
Enthalpy Analytical
Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Investors Title Insurance Company
Jonathan T. Zsambeky, DDS
Bobby Mallik, DMD
McKeeman Communications
Middlesex Family Dental
Ryan Dempster
Strickland Insurance Brokers
Strickland Insurance Group
White & Stradley, PLLC
Zsambeky, Chaney & Associates

Representative Equine and Veterinary-Related Clients
8 Oaks Farm
Apex Equestrian Center
Bonnie Ammerman
Butch and Lucinda Human
Caroline Russell Howe
Double J Stables
Emil Spadone
Fern Creek Veterinary Care
Hill Creek Veterinary Hospital
Hilltop Animal Hospital
John and Katherine Barker
MacNair’s Country Acres
Mary Ann McBride, DVM
Megan Cacchio
MKM Equestrian, LLC
MKM Group, LLC
North Carolina Horse Council
Portofino Equestrian Community
Redfield Farms
Sandra and Norwood Thompson
Savannah Breeze Farm
Scotty A. Gibbs, DVM
Star H Equine Insurance
Whispering Hope Farm
Winslow Stables