Attorneys2020-05-29T19:29:00+00:00

ATTORNEYS

nzaleski@sterlingclosings.com
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Nathan Zaleski is the founding and managing attorney of Sterling Law, and brings 16 years of legal experience as a practicing real estate attorney..

Nathan has an active real estate closing practice and has overseen over 4,000 real estate transactions, including residential, commercial, new construction, land development, land acquisitions and out-sales, trustee sales, foreclosures, execution sales, refinances, construction loans, conservation transactions, and others.  While Nathan has a background in many tough-fought real estate lawsuits, his practice now focuses on real estate transactions.

Nathan currently sits on the Government Affairs Committee of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors.  As a Committee member, he works on legislative, regulatory and political issues affecting the real estate industry at both the local and state level.

He is also licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as a real estate broker and real estate instructor.  He is an instructor at the J.Y. Monk School of Real Estate and enjoys teaching pre-licensing, post-licensing, and continuing education courses to real estate professionals across North Carolina.

Nathan is also a 2017 graduate of the Triangle REALTORS® Leadership Academy.

Nathan is a proud contributor to RPAC, which advocates for home ownership, property rights, and other real estate interests.

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2002)
  • University of Mary Washington (Bachelor of Science, 1999)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Estate Section
    • Wake County Bar Association
    • Tenth Judicial District Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Federal Courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Associations/Other Licenses

  • North Carolina Real Estate Commission
    • Licensed Real Estate Broker
    • Licensed Real Estate Instructor
  • Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
    • Government Affairs Committee

Pro Bono Activities

Representative Cases

While Nathan’s practice is now dedicated to real estate closings, he has an extensive real estate and commercial litigation background:

  • First American Title Ins. Co. v. Western Sur. Co., 722 S.E.2d 637 (2012).  Obtained recovery against a surety for full bond amount in a title insurance defalcation case when prior similar claims had been dismissed by other courts.
  • Earl Industries v. Integrity Staffing Services, 2:12cv91 (E.D. Va 2012).  Obtained full dismissal of $20 million indemnity action for personal injuries arising from carbon monoxide exposure in ballast tanks of Navy vessel.
  • Commonwealth of Virginia v. Tug Robert Burton, 2:11cv601 (E.D. Va 2012).  Defended $5.6 million claim in case of collision liability and obtained favorable settlement.
  • In the Matter of McAllister Towing, 2:10cv595, WL 1438770 (E.D. Va 2012).  Tried as member of three-attorney trial team $4.5 million suit brought by U.S. Department of Justice and prevailed on limitation of liability defense.
  • Sugarloaf v. Tournament Players Club, 10-A-04436-4, Gwinnett County Superior Court, Georgia.  Prosecuted case against PGA regarding riparian dispute affecting golf course irrigation and obtained favorable settlement.

aray@sterlingclosings.com
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Ashley is a Partner at Sterling Law and is the managing attorney of the Cary branch. A Raleigh native with an expansive career in Triangle real estate, her career began in 1997 when she started selling real estate as a licensed broker by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.  Her past experience covers a wide variety of areas, including general brokerage and on-site sales, multi-family development, and property management.  Of note, Ashley was integrally involved with a multi-family development that was the catalyst for the revitalized rental market in downtown Raleigh.

Her background as an active Realtor provides a unique perspective into the role of a closing attorney.  Ashley has an authentic appreciation of real estate transactions from the viewpoint of both the client and their real estate broker, and she knows the importance of ensuring they have the support they need throughout the closing process. Not only does Ashley devote a lot of time to training events for brokers, in 2019 Ashley became a North Carolina Real Estate Commission certified Real Estate Instructor and teaches real estate courses.

After graduating from law school in California, she returned home to North Carolina to pursue new endeavors within the real estate arena, and her current involvement in real estate is strictly as a closing attorney.  Her law practice is focused 100% on real estate closings, working with real estate agents, loan officers, buyers, sellers, home builders, real estate investors, and other industry professionals in all facets of the closing process.

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2003)
  • Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Arts, 1994)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
    • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Estate section
  • California State Bar

Professional Associations/Other Licenses

  • North Carolina Real Estate Commission
    • Real Estate Instructor
    • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Pro Bono Activities

Ashley has a more than 20 year history of non-profit work focused on the advocacy of safety and opportunities for animals, women, and children as a volunteer, outreach coordinator, and Board of Directors officer and member.  Organizations include the Helen Woodward Animal Center, SAFEchild, Best Friend Pet Adoption, Shepherd Youth Ranch, and Pro Bono Legal Advocates for Domestic Violence & Special Education.

dclapsadl@sterlingclosings.com

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David brings over a decade of real estate experience to Sterling Law. He began his career by
handling real estate matters from contract to closing, eventually branching out to areas involving
litigation. While a skillful litigator, David has narrowed his focus to strictly handling residential
and commercial real estate transactions in order to provide the best experience possible for his
clients. Working with the team at Sterling Law, David makes it his mission to provide exceptional
legal services to buyers, sellers, realtors, and lenders in all aspects of the closing experience.
When it comes to the purchase and sale of real estate, David understands that there are many
levels of experience involved and each transaction is different. David is ready to help ease
anxiety for first time home buyers and is a great partner for those who are financially active in
real estate purchases. He approaches each closing with the same goal in mind – to place the
client at ease, minimize any risks, and ensure a smooth process for all involved.

Education

  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Juris Doctor, 2007)
  • North Carolina State University (Bachelor of Science, 2004)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Eighth Judicial District Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

aeder@sterlingclosings.com

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Abbi is a Cary, North Carolina native and has been working in the real estate industry for 5 years, handling all facets of the real estate closing process. She has worked with buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, and builders alike.  Abbi understands the closing process can be overwhelming, thus she aims to make it as stress-free as possible.  She is customer-centric, knowledgeable, and responsive. In her spare time, she volunteers as a girls basketball coach, enjoys traveling, and hiking.

Education
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2018, Cum Laude)
  • Appalachian State University (Bachelor of Science, 2016, Cum Laude)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar

LOCATIONS

Raleigh Branch
Our Raleigh branch is located in North Hills at the CapTrust Tower.
At North Hills, simply enter the CapTrust Tower parking deck.  We offer free garage parking.  Proceed to the elevator and go to the 10th Floor, Suite 1000.
Sterling Law
Raleigh Branch
4208 Six Forks Road, Tenth Floor, Suite 1000
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
Phone: 919-999-3500
Fax: 919-999-3516
Business Hours:
Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New Closing Orders:
orders.raleigh@sterlingclosings.com
(for a new sale transaction order include a copy of the contract)
(for a new refinance transaction order include a copy of the request for title)
Pending Closings or General Branch Inquiries:
raleigh@sterlingclosings.com
(use for a request for title on a pending transaction)
Post-Closing Matters:
post.raleigh@sterlingclosings.com
Cary Branch
Our Cary branch is located just off Weston Parkway near Interstate 40.
There is free parking in the onsite parking lot as well as a free parking deck behind the building. Please proceed to the elevator and go to the 5th Floor, Suite 500.
Sterling Law
Cary Branch
5000 Centregreen Way, Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Cary, North Carolina 27513
Phone: 919-444-2600
Fax: 919-444-2679
Business Hours:
Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New Closing Orders:
orders.cary@sterlingclosings.com
(for a new sale transaction order include a copy of the contract)
(for a new refinance transaction order include a copy of the request for title)
Pending Closings or General Branch Inquiries:
cary@sterlingclosings.com
(use for a request for title on a pending transaction)
Post-Closing Matters:
post.cary@sterlingclosings.com