Elizabeth C. "Beth" Trahos

Elizabeth C. "Beth" Trahos

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Recognized since 2009

Raleigh, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Land Use and Zoning Law
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Beth Trahos is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Raleigh office where she focuses her practice on commercial real estate development, land use, government regulation, and wealth transfer planning. Using her natural abilities for building consensus, she regularly represents developers, builders, property owners, and local governments in land use and municipal law matters. She frequently appears before city councils, planning commissions, and boards of adjustment representing clients seeking or opposing rezonings, special and conditional use permits, subdivisions, annexations, variances, text amendments, and code interpretations in North Carolina and Virginia. Ms. Trahos has been involved in the solar boom in the southeast and has assisted in the land use permitting of more than 200 utility-scale solar farms representing more than a gigawatt of new energy production for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.She also helps clients through the complicated legal considerations of estate planning. Ms. Trahos works to ensure that a will or trust integrates smoothly with life insurance policies, retirement-plans, and co-tenancy assets with an eye toward minimizing transfer tax burdens.


  • GlenLake One, Suite 200
    4140 Parklake Avenue
    Raleigh, NC 27612


  • University of Richmond , JD, graduated 1997
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, MURP, graduated 1997
  • University of Richmond, BA, graduated 1994

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, North Carolina
  • Virginia, Virginia


  • Joint Legislative Study Commission on Municipal Annexation (2009) - Member
  • North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys' Association, Board of Directors (2006-2008) - Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Member
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities, Technical Advisory Committee (2006-2008) - Member
  • Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (1998 to present) - Member
  • Virginia State Bar - Member
  • Wake County Bar Association - Member
  • Wake County Planning Board, Member (2002-2010); Chair (2006-2008); Vice-Chair (2004-2006) - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Land Use and Zoning Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Raleigh (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law


  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Land Use/Zoning (2009-2012)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use & Zoning Law (2009-2018)
  • Triangle Business Journal's 2006 Women In Business Award
  • Triangle Business Journal's 40 Under 40 (2011)
  • Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women Networking Award (2008)

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