University of Alabama, J.D., summa cum laude, 2009, Order of the Coif; Senior Notes Editor, Alabama Law Review, 2008-09; National Moot Court Team Member, 2008-09
Clemson University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2006
Brian Church represents companies and individuals involved in commercial and employment disputes. He has experience litigating a wide variety of commercial and employment cases, including labor and employment litigation involving discrimination, contracts and trade secrets; financial services disputes; creditors' rights; and general contract and trade practice claims. In addition to his litigation practice, Brian regularly counsels clients regarding a range of commercial, labor and employment issues.
Brian represents clients in a variety of settings, including state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration, mediation and in administrative proceedings.
Honors & Awards
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Star, business litigation, 2014-17
Prevailed on enforcement of employee noncompetition agreement. Horner International Company v. McKoy, 754 S.E. 2d 852 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014).
Secured dismissal of race discrimination and retaliation actions against employer. Edwards v. American Red Cross, 2012 WL 6727117 (W.D.N.C. 2012); Moses v. American Red Cross, 2013 WL 2948155 (E.D.N.C. 2013), aff'd (4th Cir. 2013).
Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer in gender discrimination and sexual harassment suit alleging violations of Title VII and state law. Cramer v. Bojangles' Restaurant, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29237 (N.D. Ga. Feb. 8, 2012), 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29245 (N.D. Ga. March 6, 2012), aff'd 2012 WL 5869384 (11th Circ. 2012).
Obtained order compelling individual arbitration in putative class action alleging violations of the federal Truth in Lending Act and other statutes, and obtained denial of petition for interlocutory appeal. Hopkins v. World Acceptance Corp., 798 F. Supp. 2d 1339 (N.D. Ga. 2011), 11th Cir. 2012.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of lender against borrower and guarantors in commercial collection action.
Represents financial institutions and investment advisors in FINRA arbitration proceedings.
Represented mergers and acquisition adviser in arbitration regarding fee dispute.
Represents employers in litigation involving employee wrongdoing and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Defended consumer and mortgage lenders in numerous state court lawsuits involving claims under state unfair trade practices and debt collection laws, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various other state and federal laws.
Represents employers in cases and administrative proceedings involving race, national origin, age, disability and gender discrimination, unfair labor practices, and violations of wage and hour laws.
News & Events
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Aug. 3, 2016
- March 25, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Sept. 7, 2010
- Developments in Trade Secret and Noncompetition Agreements and Navigating Employee Leave Under the ADA, FMLA and Workers' Comp
101 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28246Dec. 6, 2016
- Congress Enacts the Defend Trade Secrets Act: Time to Revisit Employment Agreements and Protection of Confidential InformationJune 28, 2016Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Fall 2015The Appellate Quarterly
- Fourth Circuit Exercises Pendent Appellate Jurisdiction to Revive Dismissed Class Action AllegationsWinter 2014The Appellate Quarterly
- Fall 2013The Appellate Quarterly
- March 4, 2013Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Joel F. Dubina, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit,
- American Bar Association, Member