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Mel Black

Of Counsel

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Mindy T. Lee

Litigation Paralegal

(919) 755-0025

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Martha E. Kelly

Legal Assistant

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Mel’s varied background has uniquely prepared him to offer a high level of effective service to his clients.  Having first been a member of the staff of the NC Appraisal Board and the NC Real Estate Commission and then an attorney defending licensees and prospective licensees before those same agencies, Mel’s advice and counsel is valued for his experience, knowledge and insight.


  •  NC Real Estate Commission (Appointed 2019; Elected Chair 2022; Reappointed 2022)
    • Larry A. Outlaw Excellence in Real Estate Award
  • NC Real Estate Educators Association
    • Educator of the Year
  • NC State Bar Association Administrative Law Section
    • Council Member (13 years)
    • Occupational Licensing Committee Chair
    • Pro-Bono Committee Chair
  • Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials
    • President
  • The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council
    • Member
  • Council of Licensure, Enforcement and Regulations
    • Board of Directors Member
  • Appraiser Qualifications Board
    • Certified Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) Instructor
  • “Valuation Advisory: Valuation of Green and High Performance Property” by the Appraisal Foundation Contributor and Subject Matter Expert
    • Contributor and Subject Matter Expert
  • Order of the Long Leaf Pine
    • Inducted at age 38 for service to the State of NC
  • Cherryville High School
    • Commencement Speaker – Distinguished Alumni

About Mel

Mel grew up in the Gaston County part of Crouse, North Carolina.  A fourth generation real estate professional, he was involved in brokerage, construction, and appraisal at an early age.

After earning a Master’s of Education and an Education Specialist degree, Mel was a college and high school mathematics teacher and coach, while being mentored in the family real estate businesses.

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission hired Mel to oversee its brokerage curriculum and to write and statistically analyze its monthly licensing examinations.  At the age of 30, Mel was selected to head a state agency as the Executive director and Legislative Liaison of the North Carolina Appraisal Board.

The private practice of law had always been calling, so in 2003 Mel opened his law practice in Gaston County.  The high demand for his services in Raleigh brought him back here to focus on representing licensees on Appraisal Board and Real Estate Commission matters and to focus on consulting with and advising businesses on NC laws and rules.  Along the way, Mel built BrightPath Education Services as a statewide appraisal and real estate school.

Mel places a priority on family and spending time with his two children.  He does his best to live up to the guidance of “once a year go some place you’ve never been before”.

National Positions

  • Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO) 1998 to 2003
    • Immediate Past President, Fall 2002
    • President, Elected Fall 2001
    • Vice-President, Elected, Fall 2000
    • Secretary-Treasurer,  Elected to two terms Fall 1998 & Fall 1999
  • The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC), 2002 to 2003
    • Member Representing AARO, elected Fall 2002
  • Appraisal Foundation’s State Regulator Advisory Group, 2002 to 2003
    • Member Representing North Carolina, appointed Fall 2002
  • Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), 1995 to 2000
    • Board of Directors–Elected to two and one-half terms