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.
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.