David M. Rief


David began his career at the firm as a law clerk during the summers of 2012 and 2013. Upon graduation from law school, he joined the firm as an associate in May of 2014. David attended law school with the goal of practicing local government law upon graduation making Cauley Pridgen, P.A. a perfect fit for him. He has represented municipal clients in matters before both state and federal agencies, as well as in both District and Superior Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the North Carolina Supreme Court. He has successfully represented clients, both municipal and individual in contractual disputes and real estate litigation and routinely advises clients on land use issues such as planning, zoning, nuisance abatement and signage regulation as well as on quasi-judicial hearings. David has developed a niche for handling eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters and currently serves as legal counsel for the Town of La Grange.

Prior to law school David spent several years working as a real estate broker and then as a Town Planner, Building Inspector, and CAMA Local Permit Officer for municipalities in eastern North Carolina. David graduated cum laude from Regent University School of Law where he excelled in moot court competitions receiving awards for both his oral and written advocacy skills. He was a founding member of the Crystal Coast Civitan Club and serves as a deacon at Cape Carteret Baptist Church.

He is married with four daughters and lives in Carteret County.

Practice Areas
Municipal and Local Government
Land Use
Eminent Domain/Inverse Condemnation
Real Estate
Civil Litigation
Appellate Law

Professional Activities
North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials
Graduate of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program (2009) 

Appalachian State University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Regent University – Master of Arts in Government (Public Administration)
Regent University – Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions
North Carolina