Joseph J. Kalo, IV
Primary Practice Areas
• Zoning and Land Use
• Commercial Real Estate
• Business Law

• University of North Carolina School of Law
(J. D. 1994)
• Vanderbilt University
(B.A. in Economics & German, 1990)



Joseph J. Kalo, IV

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Practice Areas


Joe is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law.  He represents developers, owners, and lending institutions in connection with commercial real estate projects.  He also appears before planning and zoning boards on behalf of clients having land use issues to assist them in acquiring the necessary permits and approvals for the development of commercial, industrial and retail facilities.  Joe represents lenders and borrowers in governmental financing transactions.
Admissions & Certifications
  • Admitted in 1994, North Carolina
  • 1997, South Carolina
  • 1994, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • 1997, U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • 2000, U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • 2009, Massachusetts
  • 2017, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law – Residential, Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions (North Carolina, 2003)
Professional Organizations
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Section on Real Property and Section on Land Use)
  • Past Member of Real Property Council, Past Chair of Legislative Committee and Former Member, Joint Forms Committee)
  • North Carolina State Bar Real Property Law Specialization Committee
Representative Work
  • Assist both business and municipal clients on a wide variety of zoning, planning and land use matters, including eminent domain, zoning changes, subdivisions, conditional use permits, variances, design review applications, and other planning entitlements.
  • Represent owners, borrowers and lenders in connection with the acquisition, ownership, leasing, management, financing, development, use, transfer, and disposition of business, commercial, industrial and residential real property.
  • Defend and prosecute real property litigation including matters relating to landlord-tenant issues, including eviction, failure to pay rent and use of property, financing, warranties and disclosures, restrictions on use of land, allegedly fraudulent representations, defects in title and land descriptions, title insurance claims, boundary, easement and right-of-way disputes and partition.
Publications & Presentations
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Advanced Real Property.
  • “Special Situations and Entities”, North Carolina Bar Center, November 13, 2015
  • “Foreclosure from the Title Examiner’s Perspective”, North Carolina Bar Center, September 19, 2008
  • “Conveyances Involving Special Situations and Entities”, North Carolina Bar Center, November 9, 2006
Community Involvement
  • Commissioner, North Carolina General Statutes Commission (2022-present)
  • Former Member City of Burlington UDO Advisory Committee
  • Former Board Member, Burlington Downtown Corporation
  • Former Member, City of Burlington Historical Commission
  • Former President, Family Abuse Services of Alamance County
  • Born in Flint, Michigan
  • Raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Speaks German

Working With Us


At Pittman & Steele, we sit with our clients, not across from them. We listen first, then speak. We work for our clients, not around them. Pittman & Steele takes the long view, investing in relationships and our local community. It’s not about parking spaces, dark suits, or thick documents. It’s about outcomes that position our clients for success. If your business, non-profit, or family needs expert legal counsel, we welcome the conversation.

If you would like to start the conversation, please contact us at 336.270.4440

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