Mr. Banks graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, cum laude, with a double major in Political Science and African-American History. Mr. Banks also received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Since his induction into the state bar, Mr. Banks has practiced law in the areas of affordable housing and community development law, corporations, partnerships, commercial and residential real estate, business litigation, private placement stock offerings, labor and employment law, municipal law and civil litigation.
Mr. Banks is a past Chair of the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he teaches housing and community development law. He has taught seminars and lectured extensively in the area of affordable housing and community development law for the American Bar Association, Duke University Law School, North Carolina Central University School of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, Carolinas’ Council of Housing and Code Officials, North Carolina Community Development Initiative, North Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations, and Duke University’s Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management. Mr. Banks has published an article entitled “PHAs Engaged in Mixed-Finance Transactions: Material Participation Versus Significant Functions” in the Fall 2000 edition of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law. He has also been a course planner, author, and lecturer for continuing legal education seminars for members of North Carolina and South Carolina bar associations on employment law issues.
Mr. Banks is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and the United States District Court and Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina. He is currently a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation member and a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, The George White Bar, Fourteenth Judicial District, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Banks Foundation, Communities in Schools-Durham, and the Durham Business and Professional Chain. He has been a member of the Durham County Bar Board of Directors, Durham County Bar Grievance Committee, Durham YMCA Board of Directors, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Durham-Duke Campaign Steering Committee and the Leadership Durham Steering Committee.
As a principal of the Firm, Mr. Banks is involved in all aspects of client representation for which the Firm is engaged.