Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter has left the law firm Moore & Van Allen for Parker Poe, where he will be a member of its bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights practice group.
Clodfelter, a Democrat, said he made the switch because he was concerned that Moore & Van Allen’s business before the city could be seen as a conflict. The law firm lobbies the city on issues such as incentives for corporate expansions and relocations, as well as rezoning issues.
“I didn’t want to get caught in situations where I could get caught in conflicts,” Clodfelter said. “It was going to be hard to manage.”
Clodfelter was appointed Charlotte mayor in April after Patrick Cannon’s arrest on federal corruption charges.
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An example of a potential conflict would be the city’s expected negotiations with the Carolina Panthers over a second round of improvements to Bank of America Stadium. Those talks could begin in 2015.
Clodfelter had said he would recuse himself from those negotiations because Moore & Van Allen represented the Panthers during last year’s talks.
Clodfelter has been an attorney since 1978. Before being appointed mayor, he was a state senator and had served on the City Council from 1987 to 1993.
Last week Clodfelter’s name was removed from the Moore & Van Allen website. He said he approached Parker Poe about making a switch.