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      Local litigation firms                              Local litigation stars                                 Michael Medford
                                                                                                                 Manning Fulton Skinner
                                                                                                                 Appellate, Employment Litigation, Financial Services
      Highly recommended                                  Catherine Arrowood                                     Litigation
                                                          Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
      K&L Gates                                           Antitrust, Commercial Litigation                       Kiran Mehta
                                                                                                                 K&L Gates
      McGuireWoods                                        Mark Ash                                               Complex Commercial Litigation, Environmental
                                                          Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan      Litigation, Products Liability
      Moore & Van Allen                                   Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation,
                                                          Intellectual Property                                  Mark Merritt
      Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson                                                                                 Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
                                                          Martin Brackett                                        Antitrust, Class Actions, Securities
      Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan   Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
                                                          Internal Investigations, Products Liability            Thomas Myrick
      Williams Mullen
                                                                                                                 Moore and Van Allen
                                                          Daniel Brawley                                         Products Liability, Securities
      Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
                                                          Williams Mullen
                                                          Commercial Litigation                                  Stan Mortenson
                                                                                                                 Baker Botts
      Recommended                                         James Cooney                                           White Collar Crime
                                                          Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
      Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard           Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Medical              Raymond Owens
                                                          Malpractice                                            K&L Gates
      Ellis & Winters                                                                                            Complex Commercial Litigation, Insurance
                                                          Peter Covington
      Hunton & Williams                                   McGuireWoods                                           Carl Patterson
                                                          Complex Commercial Litigation, Financial Services      Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan
      Manning Fulton Skinner                              Litigation, Securities                                 Commercial Litigation, Securities

      Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein                        Donald Cowan                                           Paul Peralta
                                                          Ellis & Winters                                        Moore & Van Allen
      Smith Moore                                         Antitrust, Appellate, Complex Commercial Litigation,   Commercial Litigation, Environmental Litigation
                                                          Intellectual Property, Products Liability
                                                                                                                 Jim W. Phillips
                                                          Richard Ellis                                          Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard
                                                          Ellis & Winters                                        Complex Business Litigation, Professional Liability,
                                                          Antitrust, Appellate, Complex Commercial Litigation,   Securities
                                                          Intellectual Property, Products Liability
                                                                                                                 Mark Prak
                                                          Douglas Ey                                             Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard
                                                          McGuireWoods                                           Antitrust, Appellate, Commercial Litigation,
                                                          Complex Commercial Litigation, Financial Services      Intellectual Property
                                                          Litigation
                                                                                                                 William Raper
                                                          M. Keith Kapp                                          Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
                                                          Williams Mullen                                        Commercial Litigation
                                                          Antitrust, Appellate, Class Actions, Complex
                                                          Business Litigation                                    Alice Richey
                                                                                                                 K&L Gates
                                                          Douglas Kenyon                                         Intellectual Property
                                                          Hunton & Williams
                                                          Intellectual Property                                  William Rikard
                                                                                                                 Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
                                                          A Ward McKeithen                                       Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Products Liability
                                                          Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
                                                          Civil Litigation                                       Matthew Sawchak
                                                                                                                 Ellis & Winters
                                                          James McLoughlin                                       Antitrust, Appellate, Complex Commercial Litigation,
                                                          Moore & Van Allen                                      Intellectual Property
                                                          Complex Commercial Litigation, Health Law,
                                                          Securities, White Collar Crime




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Elizabeth Davenport Scott
Williams Mullen
                                                   Future stars
Complex Business Litigation, Insurance, Products
Liability                                          Heather Adams
                                                   Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan
Camden Webb
Williams Mullen                                    Robert Bowers
Bankruptcy, Financial Services Litigation          Moore & Van Allen

John Wester                                        Cliff Brinson
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson                         Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan
Class Actions, Employment Litigation, Securities
                                                   Meghan Cloud
James Williams                                     McGuireWoods
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard
Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, Professional     James Cooney
Liability, Securities                              Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

                                                   Richard Coughlin
                                                   Smith Moore Leatherwood

                                                   Kearns Davis
                                                   Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard

                                                   Christina Douglas
                                                   Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

                                                   Melanie Dubis
                                                   Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein

                                                   Gary Eichelberger
                                                   Ellis & Winters

                                                   Brian Heslin
                                                   Moore & Van Allen

                                                   Thomas Holderness
                                                   Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

                                                   Valecia McDowell
                                                   Moore & Van Allen

                                                   Scott Tyler
                                                   Moore & Van Allen

                                                   Jennifer Van Zant
                                                   Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard

                                                   Angelique Vincent
                                                   Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson

                                                   Judson Welborn
                                                   Manning Fulton & Skinner

                                                   Jeffrey Young
                                                   Moore & Van Allen




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      North Carolina                                                                                        defendants in a wide variety of cases related
                                                                                                            to securities, antitrust, patent litigation, and
                                                                                                            contract disputes. He has successfully
                                                                                                            represented clients in 15 states. Peers call
                                                                                                            James McLoughlin “a very strong lawyer”
                                                                                                            with a practice focusing on high-profile class

      T
            he North Carolina legal market has experienced an increase in complex
            business litigation stemming from the large financial institutions, like Bank                   actions, ERISA, securities and white collar
                                                                                                            defense. Along with fellow attorney Mark
            of America and Wachovia, that are headquartered in the state. Research                          Nebrig, McLoughlin won dismissal of a
      Triangle Park, located in the Piedmont region of the state, has been described as                     Sarbanes-Oxley Act claim against Bank of
      “a new Silicon Valley” and intellectual property litigation has skyrocketed in that                   America Securities. The plaintiff alleged that
      area.                                                                                                 he was wrongfully demoted and discharged
                                                                                                            as a result of blowing the whistle on the
                                                                                                            defendant’s allegedly wrongful activities.
      Highly recommended                                 offices. One litigator has stated that                Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Brian
                                                         “McGuireWoods is now a more powerful               Heslin worked as an attorney with the United
      K&L Gates                                          player in the state” since the merger. The         States Department of Justice and the United
      With over 1900 lawyers in 31 cities                firm’s Charlotte office is known for its           States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
      worldwide, K&L Gates is one of the largest         capabilities in financial services, labor and      He has parlayed his knowledge into a
      law firms in the world. The firm’s 2008            employment, commercial, and securities             successful white collar criminal defense and
      merger with Kennedy Covington Lobdell &            litigation. Opened in 1999, the firm’s             corporate litigation practice. Based out of the
      Hickman cemented its foothold in North             Wilmington office offers financial services,       firm’s Research Triangle Park office, Jeffrey
      Carolina. The merger continues to be               education, securities, and trust and estates       Young is highly regarded for his construction,
      discussed by local lawyers, one of whom            litigation to its clients.                         contract dispute, and intellectual property
      states that the combination “has greatly              Vice chairman Peter Covington has over 25       practice. He most recently defended a
      strengthened [their] litigation practice.” The     years of experience litigating complex             national video game developer regarding a
      litigation department in the Raleigh office is     commercial disputes, with a concentration in       patent infringement claim, which was
      growing quickly, with partners handling class      business torts and shareholder litigation. He      favorably settled.
      actions on a state and federal level. The firm     represented a major financial services
      has successfully litigated cases involving         company in a securities fraud case stemming        Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
      contract disputes, products liability and          from the collapse of an Italian food and dairy     Operating out of Charlotte and Chapel Hill,
      warranty litigation, ERISA litigation, and         company and defended a national insurance          Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson is a full
      personal injury matters. The office’s client       company in a consumer class action in which        service firm with strong antitrust and
      base includes financial planners, investment       the plaintiffs alleged improper sale of non-       intellectual property practices. Founded in
      advisers, and major banks.                         credit insurance products to small loan            1960, the firm takes a more modern
         The firm’s Research Triangle Park office        customers.                                         approach to solving legal problems. The
      was established in 2002 with the aim of               Chairman of the financial services              firm’s compensation system is not based on
      focusing on health care litigation. The firm       litigation department, Douglas Ey maintains        billable hours or origination credits; instead
      boasts clients in various health-related fields    a concentration in antitrust, banking,             the firm focuses on working directly with the
      including academic medical research                commercial, and products liability issues. In      client to craft the best team of lawyers to
      institutions, hospitals, pharmaceutical            2009, Ey led a team that represented BASF          handle a case. A competitor calls partner
      companies, long term care facilities, and          Corporation in an antitrust action, in which       John Wester “a very good trial lawyer.” He
      specialty providers.                               Budget Pest Prevention and other plaintiffs        has spent his entire legal career at Robinson
         Kiran Mehta excels in complex business          alleged a vertical price-fixing conspiracy         Bradshaw & Hinson and focuses on complex
      litigation including disputes related to private   regarding sales of a chemical product. The         civil litigation, with an emphasis on ERISA
      equity investments, toxic torts, and               plaintiffs also sought certification of a          claims and shareholder disputes.
      pharmaceutical litigation. He recently served      nationwide class. BASF was granted a motion           Martin Brackett enjoys a vibrant practice
      as counsel for the portfolio company of a          for summary judgment by the trial court; the       handling wrongful death, catastrophic injury
      private equity firm in a number of suits and       Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the       and white-collar criminal matters. He has
      arbitrations alleging that the company had         decision.                                          represented victims who suffered injuries as a
      fraudulently induced franchisees to enter into                                                        result of the collapse of Lowe’s Motor
      agreements.                                        Moore & Van Allen                                  Speedway. Clients have turned to Ward
         Alice Richey possesses over 20 years of         Moore & Van Allen continues to command a           McKeithen and Mark Merritt for their stellar
      experience tackling intellectual property and      strong presence in North Carolina with             antitrust and class action practices.
      business litigation matters. Her expertise lies    offices in Charlotte and Research Triangle         McKeithen has served as lead counsel on the
      in handling copyright, false advertising,          Park. The firm focuses on providing litigation     prosecution and defense of antitrust matters.
      franchisor/franchisee,      and      trademark     services to blue chip clients, including several   Merritt has experience tackling SEC matters
      disputes. She is admitted to the United States     Fortune 500 clients headquartered in the           and government investigations. Peers
      Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit Court of             state. The firm is a state leader in handling      recognize Thomas Holderness for his skill in
      Appeals, and District Courts for the Eastern,      commercial, environmental, construction and        handling money mismanagement claims.
      Middle and Western Districts of North              intellectual property disputes. The firm           Angelique Vincent is known for her talent in
      Carolina. Raymond Owens practices                  represented Muzak in the defense of a patent       employment law.
      complex commercial, insurance and tort             infringement case brought by Alan Silver. The
      litigation.                                        dispute involved a headset device sold by          Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell &
                                                         Muzak and manufactured by the other two            Jernigan
      McGuireWoods                                       defendants in the case, Panasonic and HM           Founded in 1912, Smith Anderson Blount
      In the spring of 2008, McGuireWoods                Electronics. The firm successfully secured a       Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan is one of the
      merged with Helms Mullis Wicker, creating a        dismissal for Muzak.                               oldest law firms in the state and is one of the
      new firm of nearly 900 lawyers across 19              Gregory Murphy represents plaintiffs and        largest litigation firms in Research Triangle

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Park. The firm has 43 litigation attorneys and      admitted to practice before all North                Richard Ellis has extensive complex
24 partners with first chair trial experience.      Carolina state and district courts, the Fourth    litigation experience in medical malpractice
The firm’s partners handle insurance disputes       Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US              and products liability disputes. He has
and securities fraud cases. Clients include         Supreme Court. Christina Douglas litigates        represented numerous manufacturers and
Archer Western Contractors, Pepsi Bottling          business tort claims, civil rights cases, and     suppliers      of    medical       devices and
Ventures, and Trammel Crow Residential              personal injury claims.                           pharmaceutical products. He most recently
Services.                                                                                             served as trial counsel for a major
   Mark Ash has been practicing since 1978          Recommended firms                                 pharmaceutical company in a breast implant
and has handled litigation related to First                                                           litigation case. Matthew Sawchak focuses his
Amendment rights, employment, aviation,             Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey &                 practice on antitrust, intellectual property,
trade secrets and products liability matters.       Leonard                                           and fraud litigation. Sawchak formerly
Representative clients include American             Peers have praised Brooks Pierce McLendon         chaired the Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Airlines, DSM Pharmaceuticals and the               Humphrey & Leonard for its fine business          Section of the North Carolina Bar
Research Triangle Institute. Carl Patterson         litigation work. With locations in                Association. Gary Eichelberger practices
heads the firm’s commercial litigation              Greensboro and Raleigh, the firm continues        employment, insurance coverage, products
practice and has represented financial              to successfully serve its local and national      liability, and real estate litigation.
institutions, officers, directors, large lenders,
and professional advisors.
   Heather Adams joined the firm in 2005
after serving as general counsel of Sageworks,
a major software company located in
                                                    “Jamesand high-profile criminalfor tackling some of the more
                                                    difficult
                                                              Cooney is well known
                                                                                     cases in North Carolina. One
Raleigh. Previously of Hunton & Williams,
Adams brings to the firm her expertise in           competitor has called him a ‘good commercial lawyer’ with a
antitrust      compliance,          construction
agreement, unfair trade practice and class
actions cases. Cliff Brinson’s practice consists
                                                    ‘high level of expertise in death penalty cases.                     ”
of contract litigation, commercial litigation,
securities, and appellate. Brinson has              clients. One competitor calls Brooks Pierce a     Hunton & Williams
successfully represented a CEO in a dispute         “fantastic one stop shop firm.” Another peer      Hunton & Williams’ accomplished litigation
with her former employer regarding post-            asserts Brooks Pierce “deserves recognition       team receives accolades from local
employment benefits and a company founder           for its broad litigation scope.” Practice areas   competitors. In addition to its Charlotte
seeking to regain funds that were loaned to         include antitrust, environmental litigation,      office, the firm has locations across the
his former business.                                professional liability, and white-collar          United States, Europe and East Asia. The
                                                    litigation.                                       firm’s North Carolina office was established
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice                        James Phillips tackles employment issues,      in 1995 and specializes in white collar crime,
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice has offices         tax issues, defamation cases, construction        employment law, and commercial litigation.
the major cities of Greensboro, Raleigh,            matters and business torts. Mark Prak             The firm boasts significant experience
Research Triangle and Winston-Salem. The            concentrates on media litigation, representing    handling intellectual property, securities and
firm has 530 lawyers across all their               newspapers and wire services. James               employee benefits matters. Representative
locations, which include offices in Delaware,       Williams’ practice runs the gamut of business     clients include Altria, Bank of America, and
Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and              litigation. Notable areas include antitrust,      Wells Fargo.
Washington, D.C. The firm’s Charlotte and           securities and professional liability matters.       Douglas Kenyon is commended for his
Greensboro offices specialize in commercial         Kearns Davis heads the firm’s white collar        intellectual property practice. His focus lies in
and business litigation. Its Raleigh office has     criminal defense, criminal trials and appeals     trademark disputes, copyright issues,
strong mass torts and public finance law            practice. He has worked as an Assistant US        technology licensing, and publishing matters.
practices. The Research Triangle office serves      Attorney and has served as the United States’
biotechnology enterprises and advanced              lead prosecutor in fraud, conspiracy, money       Manning Fulton
technology clients. And the Winston-Salem           laundering, and other felony trials. Jennifer     Founded in 1954, Manning Fulton maintains
office, where Womble Carlyle traces its             Van Zant represents companies in antitrust        a strong practice which encompasses
origins, maintains a vibrant business               actions, class actions, contract disputes and     commercial         disputes,       construction,
litigation practice. This is also the center of     securities claims. She has expertise handling     employment, personal injury, and real estate
the firm’s intellectual property practice,          complex multi-party cases.                        litigation. The firm also has a celebrated
which comprises 60 attorneys and counsels                                                             appellate practice, having handled state and
GlaxoSmithKline, Lee Laboratories, and              Ellis & Winters                                   federal appeals. Representative clients
Thermal Engineering.                                With 29 lawyers spread across two locations,      include insurance companies, manufacturing
   James Cooney is well known for tackling          Ellis & Winters provides strong legal counsel     businesses, and large public and privately-
some of the more difficult and high-profile         to Fortune 500 companies. The firm’s offices      held companies.
criminal cases in North Carolina. One               are located in Raleigh and Greensboro and             A peer praises Michael Medford for his “fine
competitor has called him a “good                   one competitor notes “the firm’s Raleigh          litigation skills.” He has over 30 years of
commercial lawyer” with a “high level of            practice is excellent.” The firm focuses on       experience dealing with complex business
expertise in death penalty cases.” Cooney           class actions, construction litigation, medical   litigations involving lending issues, malpractice
made headlines by defending one of the              malpractice, products liability and securities    claims, securities law, and shareholder and
erroneously charged college athletes from the       law. In January 2009, the firm achieved a $57     partnership disputes. IBM and Swiss
now infamous 2006 “Duke Lacrosse Rape               million plaintiff verdict in Wake County          Reinsurance Company are representative
Case.” Cooney has tried over 50 cases to            Superior Court in an action against a Chinese     clients. Judson Welborn focuses on business and
verdict and has handled more than 30                business that was accused of stealing a secret    construction litigation. He has acted as lead
appeals in state and federal courts. Peers note     cancer treatment formula from the firm’s          counsel for a software developer, a restaurant
that Charlotte partner William Raper excels         client Serenex, a Research Triangle Park          franchisee and an international real estate
at professional negligence defense. He is           drug-development firm.                            investment group.

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      Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein                      antitrust litigation, patent infringement cases,   D.C. and London, the firm enjoys a broad
      Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein houses an            and FINRA arbitrations.                            multistate practice with a diverse client base.
      impressive litigation practice, with a focus on                                                      No single office contains a full practice area
      antitrust, construction, environmental,           Smith Moore Leatherwood                            team; rather all the offices pool their
      intellectual property and white-collar            Smith Moore Leatherwood has 180 lawyers            resources together to create the most effective
      criminal defense litigation. The firm has         in six locations across the southeastern US.       litigation group for the firm’s clients.
      secured favorable verdicts for trucking           The recent addition of Dave Krasnow has               Keith Kapp is vice president of the firm’s
      company Daily Express, Affiliated Computer        buttressed the strength of the firm’s              board of directors and practices in antitrust,
      Services, and a subsidiary of Johnson &           intellectual property practice. A former in-       shareholder rights, consumer protection, and
      Johnson. Catherine Arrowood is well-              house counsel for Bausch & Lomb,                   warranty litigation. He represents both multi-
      regarded for her work in antitrust and            Krasnow’s practice focuses on chemical             national      corporations      and      modest
      intellectual property matters. She has worked     patents. The firm’s practice is comprised of       family-owned enterprises.
      on cases at the state, national and               work in antitrust class actions, intellectual         Daniel Brawley has been a trial lawyer for
      international level. Prior to joining the firm,   property and toxic torts. Richard Coughlin is      over 40 years and has extensive experience
      Ms. Arrowood was an Associate Attorney            singled out for his representation of clients in   working on complex cases. He practices in the
      General handling antitrust matters for the        the insurance and intellectual property            fields of construction, maritime law, and
      North Carolina Department of Justice.             arenas.                                            products liability. Elizabeth Scott has an
      William Rikard contributes over 30 years of                                                          impressive litigation practice focusing on
      experience in the areas of antitrust, business    Williams Mullen                                    insurance coverage disputes. She has particular
      torts, commercial contracts, and products         Williams Mullen is still highly active in the      expertise handling construction coverage,
      liability cases. Melanie Dubis handles Federal    litigation sphere after 100 years. With offices    errors and omissions policies, and stop loss
      Trade Commission claims, class action             in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington,           coverage for health insurance plans.




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