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Hope Derby Carmichael

Hope Derby Carmichael, Esq., a Member of the firm Jordan Price Wall Gray Jones & Carlton, PLLC, practices in areas including civil litigation with a focus in real property disputes and community associations law. Carmichael has been with the firm since 1991.

Carmichael is a leading authority on legal issues affecting condominiums and homeowners associations in North Carolina. She has litigated hundreds of cases in her career involving architectural and general covenant enforcement, collection of assessments (including foreclosure), corporate and development issues. Carmichael has argued a number of these cases in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and has been involved in the drafting of important legislation affecting planned communities and condominiums in North Carolina throughout her career.

In addition to her litigation practice, Carmichael devotes a good deal of her practice to advising community associations on the interpretation and implementation of restrictive covenants and to the drafting and amendment of restrictive covenants and other legal documents governing community associations. Her clients include community associations, community managers and developers.

Professional/Community Activities

  • Member, North Carolina State Bar and Tenth Judicial District
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Chair, NCBA Real Property Section Committee on Community Associations
  • Member, Wake County Bar Association
  • Member, Community Association Institute
  • Board of Directors, NC Chapter CAI
  • Fellow, College of Community Association Lawyers
  • American Association of Parliamentarians
  • Mrs. Carmichael devotes volunteer time to several community organizations including serving as a Deacon and Elder of First Presbyterian Church and serving on the Board of Dogwood Chapter of National Charity League
  • Mrs. Carmichael is BV Peer Review rated


  • B.A. Salem College Winston-Salem, North Carolina (cum laude) 1988
  • J.D. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1991

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit