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The Charleston Group
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R. Jonathan Charleston

Practice areas



  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • Howard University, B.B.A. Accounting

As principal of The Charleston Group, Mr. Charleston serves as counsel to a growing roster of high-profile individuals, public and private companies, government agencies and national service organizations. His practice focuses on corporate, litigation and contract law.

Mr. Charleston combines a strong record of success in his areas of practice with a longstanding commitment to community service. In 1994, he became the first African-American partner in a major law firm in the Research Triangle Area. He supports numerous community activities and charities, and is an active member of local and national bar associations.

Representative Experience

  • Represented City of Fayetteville, NC in negotiation of cable television franchise agreement with Time Warner
  • Negotiated sale of a Fortune 50 financial services company’s majority interest in a national asset management company
  • As defense counsel for American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., successfully defended key company executives in high-profile litigation asserting breach of contract, wrongful discharge, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. All claims were dismissed at trial and the decision of the trial court was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • As defense counsel for DaimlerChrysler Corporation, successfully reversed a Superior Court judgment in regard to a breach of warranty lawsuit on appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Counsel to numerous healthcare providers, including continuing care and life care facilities, nursing homes, providers of mental health services, physicians and dentists, in operational matters and before regulatory agencies
  • General Counsel to Public Housing Agencies
  • Counsel to Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority in connection with the $20 million Hope VI Grant used to finance the acquisition and construction of affordable housing utilizing low income housing tax credits, tax-exempt and taxable bonds, and grants.  Fully leveraged, the Hope VI grant created more than $100 million in revitalization and new development activity
  • Co-Bond counsel in connection with $500 million State of North Carolina Capital Improvement Limited Obligation Bonds, Series 2011A
  • Co-Bond counsel in connection with $14.8 million County of Cumberland Taxable Limited Obligation Bonds (Qualified School Construction Bond), Series 2011A
  • Co-Bond counsel in connection with $105 million City of Columbia, South Carolina, and Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2010
  • Issuer’s counsel in connection with $10.1 million County of Wake Housing Authority Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds for Walnut Ridge Apartments
  • Co-bond counsel to Cumberland County on financing (and partial refunding) of $55 million Cumberland County Finance Corporation Certificates of Participation for the Civic Center Project
  • Counsel to Bank of America Community Development Bank in connection with $16.5 million County of Mecklenburg Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds  for Sycamore Green Apartments

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
  • American Bar Association; Business Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • National Bar Association: former co-chair, Long Range Plans Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association: former secretary, Business and Tax Law Sections; Health Care Section; former Co-Chair, Commission for the Implementation of the Principles of the ABA Demonstration Project

Community/Civic Activities

  • Trustee, Benedict College, 2010–present
  • Director, Fayetteville Technical Community College Foundation
  • Trustee, Fayetteville State University, 1998-2002
  • Director, Cumberland County Business  Council