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Robinson Bradshaw handles significant appeals in state and federal courts, including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and appellate courts in North and South Carolina. Our appellate experience helps us position cases for success on appeal when we are trial counsel, whether defending a favorable outcome or seeking reversal of a mistake of fact or law.
In addition to handling appeals of our own cases, we routinely serve as post-trial counsel for litigants who require experienced appellate counsel or seek a change after an unsatisfactory outcome in the trial court. We also craft amicus briefs for organizations and clients with an interest in major pending litigation.
A number of Robinson Bradshaw lawyers are members of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, and we submitted briefs in three cases in the Supreme Court’s most recent term. Two of our appellate lawyers clerked with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court, and many others clerked with appellate courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits, and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Several attorneys have also served on the Appellate Rules Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Our appellate practice and attorneys earn recognition annually as leaders in the field. We have been awarded U.S. News & World Report’s highest ranking (Tier 1) for appellate practice in Charlotte, and attorneys in our practice have been named the Best Lawyers® Charlotte Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year and included in Benchmark Appellate's Fourth Circuit Litigation Stars.
Successfully represented Gov. McCrory, joined by former Govs. Martin and Hunt, in a direct appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court in one of the first actions assigned to a three-judge panel created to hear facial constitutional challenges to acts of the North Carolina General Assembly.
Submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of a federal statute authorizing terror victims to execute on money judgments against Iran for constitutional law professors Edward Hartnett and Erwin Chemerinsky.
Defended challenges by shareholders objecting to the settlement of a class action regarding the merger between Wells Fargo and Wachovia. The two appeals established precedents regarding the duties of corporate directors, class action settlements and attorneys’ fees. Ehrenhaus v. Baker, 717 S.E.2d 9 (N.C. Ct. App. 2011), appeal dismissed & review denied, 366 N.C. 420, 735 S.E.2d 332 (N.C. 2012); affirmed following remand, 776 S.E.2d 699 (N.C. Ct. of App. 2015).
Submitted an amicus brief for the Cato Institute to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as applied to military-style raids by police.
Represented Zee Company, Inc. after being retained post-trial to handle its appeal of a multimillion-dollar judgment against the company and four of its employees in an action brought by the employees’ former employer. Secured a decision reversing and remanding the trial court’s award of punitive damages of $4.3 million and attorney fees of $5.77 million. GE Betz v. Conrad, et al., 752 S.E.2d 634 (N.C. Ct. App. 2013).
Defended in the North Carolina Court of Appeals a ruling by the North Carolina Business Court in favor of individual defendants, de novo, after the North Carolina Department of Revenue’s assessment of liability of approximately $11 million against individual defendants. Fowler v. Department of Revenue.
Represented amicus curiae in support of a successful petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court to obtain review of a Fourth Circuit antitrust decision. North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 13-534.
Represented Family Dollar Stores, Inc. in an appeal regarding certification of a putative nationwide class action to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. Scott v. Family Dollar Stores, Inc., 733 F.3d 105 (4th Cir. 2013).
Prepared amicus briefs to the North Carolina Supreme Court for the North Carolina Chamber in cases involving significant legal issues in the areas of class actions and unfair trade practices.
Secured a decision from the North Carolina Supreme Court upholding summary judgment for an apartment complex and a solid waste collection company that challenged a city’s rate discrimination in the provision of its landfill services. Cedar Greene, LLC v. City of Charlotte, 739 S.E.2d 553 (N.C. 2013).
Represented Wachovia Corporation and associated individuals in defending individual shareholder actions arising from Wachovia's merger with Wells Fargo in successful appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Rivers v. Wachovia Corp., 665 F.3d 610 (4th Cir. 2011); Rice-Marko v. Wachovia Corp., 398 S.C. 301 (S.C. Ct. App. 2012); Browne v. Thompson, 727 S.E.2d 573 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012), petition denied, 736 S.E.2d 495, 496 (2013).
Represented a hospital in a federal court action alleging retaliation in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The trial court granted summary judgment for the hospital on all claims, the Fourth Circuit upheld the decision, and the Supreme Court denied certiorari. Shenoy v. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, 2013 WL 1943811 (W.D.N.C. May 13, 2013).
Represented individual hotel developers whose former employer sued them for alleged violations of non-solicitation provisions in their employment agreements. The trial court granted summary judgment on all claims, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed. Inland American Winston Hotels v. Crockett, 712 S.E.2d 366 (N.C. Ct. App. 2011).
Obtained reversal of the trial court’s dismissal of a fraudulent transfer action, convincing the North Carolina Court of Appeals to recognize a claim of “reverse piercing” of the corporate veil. Fischer Investment Capital, Inc. v. Catawba Development Corp., 689 S.E.2d 143 (N.C. Ct. App. 2009).
Secured summary judgment for a publicly traded factory-built housing manufacturer in an executive compensation, ERISA and restraint of trade case in federal court and had the judgment affirmed on appeal. Cole v. Champion Enterprises, Inc., 496 F. Supp.2d 613 (M.D.N.C. 2007), aff’d, 2008 WL 5427803, 45 Emp. Benef. Cases 2371 (4th Cir. 2008).
Represented a closely held company in a dispute with an insurer concerning the administration and investment of pension plan assets. In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed that the claims could proceed. Wilmington Shipping Company v. New England Life Insurance Co., 496 F.3d 326 (4th Cir. 2007).
Obtained a favorable decision from the North Carolina Court of Appeals on the enforceability of an employer’s covenant not to compete with a former executive. Okuma America Corp. v. Bowers, 68 S.E.2d 617 (N.C. Ct. App. 2007).
Represented a financial services company in a successful jury trial and on appeal on claims and counterclaims in a federal action alleging breach of an agreement to remarket an oil tanker. First Union Commercial Corp. v. GATX Capital Corp., 411 F.3d 551 (4th Cir. 2005).
Represented a national bank in the U.S. Supreme Court in the defense of lawsuits challenging a range of financial products. The Supreme Court upheld the bank's position regarding the citizenship of national banks for jurisdictional purposes. Wachovia Bank, N.A. v. Schmidt, 546 U.S. 303 (2006).
Served as trial and appellate counsel for an international automobile manufacturer in a systematic sex discrimination action filed by the EEOC. Won reversal of the lower courts’ rulings in the Supreme Court of the United States, establishing a precedent for cutting off employer liability in discrimination cases. Ford Motor Co. v. EEOC, 102 S. Ct. 3057 (1982).
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