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Nathan Zaleski is the founding and managing attorney of Sterling Law and brings over 20 years of legal experience as a practicing real estate attorney.

Nathan manages an active real estate closing practice and has conducted and overseen many thousands of 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 many more.

While Nathan has a background as a real property litigator, his practice now focuses exclusively on real estate closings and related matters. He further dedicates his time to conservation transactions in collaboration with Green Fence Conservation Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Nathan is licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as a real estate instructor. He is an active instructor and enjoys teaching pre-licensing, post-licensing, and continuing education courses to real estate professionals across North Carolina.

Nathan is also involved with the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and works on legislative, regulatory, and political issues affecting the real estate industry at both the local and state level. He 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.


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

 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 (Not Engaged in Brokerage)
    • 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 a 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 a full dismissal of $20 million indemnity action for personal injuries arising from carbon monoxide exposure in ballast tanks of a Navy vessel.
  • Commonwealth of Virginia v. Tug Robert Burton, 2:11cv601 (E.D. Va 2012).  Defended a $5.6 million claim in case of collision liability and obtained a 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 a case against PGA regarding a riparian dispute affecting golf course irrigation and obtained a favorable settlement.

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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.


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

 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

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Abbi is the managing attorney for the Sterling Law Cary Branch. She is a Cary, North Carolina native and has been working in the real estate industry since 2015, handling all facets of the closing process.

Abbi’s experiences include working with buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, and builders. She understands the closing process can be overwhelming and aims to simplify it and make it stress-free. She is customer-centric, knowledgeable, and responsive.

In Abbi’s free time, she is active in the community. Presently, she serves on the Board for the Women of the Triangle Hiking Club and teaches interval training/HIIT classes at the Morrisville Fitness and Aquatic Center and the Western Wake YMCA. Abbi enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and paddle boarding.


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

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar

Hablo Español

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Kriya is an associate attorney at Sterling Law. She handles residential closings for properties located all across the State of North Carolina.

She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and attended undergraduate at the University of Louisville, where she majored in Biology and minored in Spanish. From there, she attended the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

During law school, she served as an admissions ambassador for her school, taught in a high school law program, and was a family law mediator.

Kriya’s home is now Apex, North Carolina, where she is active with her local temple. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.


  • University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law (Juris Doctor)
  • University of Louisville (Bachelor of Arts)


  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar