Jonathan M. Zator

Jonathan Zator

Jon Zator focuses his practice on complex matters related to land use and zoning law. Jon draws on his experience in the North Carolina General Assembly to help clients evaluate real estate projects and attain the necessary government approvals and community support. As a staff attorney in the General Assembly's Legislative Analysis Division, he analyzed legislation referred to the House Local Government Committee on Land Use, Planning, and Development by identifying and summarizing the impact on existing statutes, caselaw, and agency policies. He also advised legislators on land use, planning, zoning, permit choice, vested rights, and development agreements and approvals.

Jon has further experience as a judicial clerk in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where he drafted appellate opinions and bench memos on a variety of matters, including commercial real estate deals, occupancy-level misrepresentation, and third-party beneficiaries. Prior to law school, Jon taught middle school science as a Teach for America corps member.

Related Practices



  • J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law 2019
    • Executive editor, First Amendment Law Review
    • Parliamentarian, Holderness Moot Court
    • Teaching assistant, Advanced Appellate Advocacy
    • Law clerk, Library of Congress
    • Leadership Award, Susie Sharp Inn of Court, 2019
    • James W. Morrow III Award for Outstanding Service, Holderness Moot Court, 2019
    • Client Counseling Top 10 Award, Holderness Moot Court, 2017
  • B.S. Resource Economics magna cum laude University of Connecticut 2014

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia

Clerk Experience

  • Honorable Murphy Hunter North Carolina Court of Appeals