Alfred E Cleveland

Senior Managing Partner
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Alfred E. Cleveland, a senior managing partner of the firm, has years of experience in commercial disputes, corporate litigation, utilities law, mergers and acquisitions of publicly and privately held companies, which have included community banks acquired by the former United Carolina Bank, and the mergers of NCNG and Progress Energy, and Mid-South Insurance Company and Trigon Health Care.  He has been counsel in new community bank organizations and bank corporate governance issues.  He concentrates in commercial leases, estate planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts, the administration of large or complex estates, and the law relating to non-profit organizations, including charitable trusts and foundations.  During recent years, the value of his estate administration work has averaged $15,000,000 - $20,000,000 annually.

Al is a former President of the Cumberland County Bar Association; former President of Twelfth Judicial District of the North Carolina State Bar; has been a Corporate Director of three publicly owned corporations, BB&T Corp., United Carolina Bankshares Corporation, and Mid-South Insurance Company; and was, for a short time, Corporate Secretary of North Carolina Natural Gas Corporation (now Piedmont Natural Gas Corporation).

Al is very active in the Fayetteville community, having served as President of the Cumberland Community Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville Academy, and Trustee of Fayetteville State University. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Methodist University.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Administration of Complex Estates
  • Commercial Leases

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1959


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D - 1959
    • Honors: Board of Editors of North Carolina Law Review
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Serivice
    • B.S. - 1956

Published Works

  • Trust Investments - Prudent Man Rule North Carolina Law Review, 37:522, 1959
  • Dissolution and Liquidation of Close Corporations North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Journal, May, 1989

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Councilor, 1986
  • North Carolina Bankruptcy Specialization Committee, Member, 1986
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Former President
  • Twelfth Judicial District of the North Carolina State Bar, Former President

Pro Bono Activities

  • President of the Cumberland Community Foundation
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fayetteville Academy
  • Trustee of Fayetteville State University
  • Trustee and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Methodist University


  • Phi Alpha Delta