Tonya Bunn Powell


Tonya Powell concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate, banking and finance and general corporate law.  In addition to more than fifteen years of commercial real estate and lender representation experience, Tonya has worked as in-house corporate counsel where she gained valuable experience in the formation, restructure and operation of limited liability companies, including complex joint venture entities created for ownership and development of real estate projects, as well as working closely with lenders on complex debt restructures and workouts.  She is a board-certified specialist in commercial real property law: business, commercial and industrial transactions.

Tonya has received an AV® Peer Review Rating (preeminent) from the Martindale Hubbell International Law Directory.  The AV® Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. This rating is the result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary.

Tonya has been named among North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina in both the real estate and corporate counsel categories.  She is a member of the American and North Carolina Bar Associations and currently serves as Chairman of the Real Property Section Council for the N.C. Bar Association.  She received her B.A., summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of North Carolina, where she was a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team and The Order of the Barristers.

As the Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Real Property Section, Tonya oversees the section as it drafts, monitors and comments upon state and federal proposed legislation and regulations affecting real property practice; monitors and comments upon State Bar ethics inquiries; sponsors and participates in pro bono projects; conducts aggressive consumer protection/authorized practice program; and oversees NCBA copyrighted real property forms. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has been involved with numerous professional, community and civic organizations including NAIOP, chambers of commerce, town zoning boards and Rotary.

Real Property Law: Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions, North Carolina State Bar, 2003