University of Virginia, J.D., 1983, Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Virginia Law Review, 1982-83
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with highest honors, 1980, John Motley Morehead Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa
David Wright has represented companies and executives in business disputes for more than 30 years. He is editor of the firm's Carolinas Class Action blog, and he regularly represents defendants in complex and varied securities, corporate and ERISA class and derivative actions. David has handled numerous noncompetition and trade secret disputes, as well as employment disputes of all kinds, and represents both businesses and executives in executive compensation and severance matters.
David has extensive experience defending clients, in sectors such as lighting and consumer products, facing product liability claims arising from fire or explosion events that cause significant property damage or personal injuries. In addition to representing clients involved in complex contractual and commercial disputes, he also prosecutes claims for policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including those involving difficult allocation issues related to long-tail toxic tort exposures.
In 2015, David represented Govs. Pat B. McCrory, James B. Hunt and James G. Martin in a legal action challenging the constitutionality of the appointment powers of the North Carolina General Assembly. He currently represents Gov. Cooper’s administration in a lawsuit filed by two legislators challenging Medicaid expansion.
David serves on Robinson Bradshaw's board of directors.
Honors & Awards
- Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, employment law - management, labor law - management, product liability litigation-defendants, 2006-17
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, litigation, 2012-16
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer, business litigation, 2009-17; Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyer, 2013-17
- Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, litigation, 2010-12, 2014-17
- Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina leading litigation attorney, general commercial, product liability, 2011-17
- Client Choice - USA & Canada, Litigation, 2014
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
- Only North Carolina litigator to receive Lexology "Client Choice" award in 2014, based exclusively on interviews with senior corporate counsel
Employment and Executive Compensation
Represents public company in nationwide class action alleging gender discrimination in setting store manager salaries.
Represented public logistics company in obtaining injunction that prevented eight employees from working for competitor.
Represents multiple public and private businesses in cases alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination; violations of wage and hour statutes; race, gender and age discrimination; and/or retaliation.
Extensively represented executives and businesses relating to the negotiation and finalization of comprehensive executive compensation agreements, including employment contracts and severance arrangements.
Represented public company sued by former executive arising from alleged promises of executive compensation and unfair trade practices. Cole v. Champion Enterprises, Inc., 496 F. Supp. 2d 613 (M.D.N.C. 2007).
Corporate and Securities Litigation
Represents public pharmaceutical company in litigation attempting to prevent merger.
Represented nationwide energy company in lawsuit filed to enjoin merger with competitor.
Represented special committee in securities class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty in "going private" merger. Case dismissed.
Represented public energy company in 10b-5 and "tag along" ERISA class actions filed following a decline in the company's stock price. Cases dismissed on the pleadings with prejudice. In re Duke Energy ERISA Litigation, 281 F. Supp. 2d 786 (W.D.N.C. 2003).
Obtained, on behalf of a private software firm, a multimillion-dollar verdict arising out of enterprise software dispute, including treble damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices.
Represents global manufacturing company in dispute with international firm concerning multiple issues arising from supply of critical parts to nuclear power facilities.
Represents public company in federal court action arising from death of farmer while using agricultural equipment.
Represents lighting company presented with multimillion-dollar fire claims arising from alleged product failures.
Represented international manufacturing company in cases involving alleged malfunction of circuit wiring in heating units, including property damage and wrongful death claims.
Represented global manufacturer in conjunction with wrongful death claims arising out of carbon monoxide poisoning from boiler operation.
Represented global manufacturer in suit alleging product failure resulting in deaths of two small children.
Represented international company in multimillion-dollar dispute with insurer regarding payment and billing issues associated with retrospective premium program. Federal district court held that portion of billing program by insurer was unlawful and not in accord with policy language.
Represented global multi-industry manufacturer in dispute with insurer group concerning allocation and contribution issues arising from asbestos claims, including multifaceted coverage and lost policy issues. Achieved cost-sharing agreement with no contribution of policyholder.
Represented public company in bad faith and breach of contract claim arising out of failure to provide coverage under vendor's endorsement policy.
News & Events
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Jan. 4, 2017
- Nov. 9, 2016
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- Aug. 3, 2016
- June 3, 2016
- June 2, 2016
- May 18, 2016
- Feb. 5, 2016
- Jan. 29, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Jan. 5, 2016
- Oct. 21, 2015
- Aug. 18, 2015
- July 2, 2015
- May 28, 2015
- March 17, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Eighteen Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named to North Carolina’s 2015 Legal Elite, Legal Elite Hall of FameJan. 8, 2015
- Nov. 13, 2014
- More Ranked Attorneys Than Any Other North Carolina Firm for Fifth Consecutive YearOct. 29, 2014
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- May 23, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Eighteen Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Included Among North Carolina’s 2014 ‘Legal Elite,’ ‘Legal Elite Hall of Fame’Jan. 6, 2014
- More Ranked Attorneys Than Any Other North Carolina Firm For Fourth Consecutive YearOct. 29, 2013
- Aug. 15, 2013
- May 24, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- More Ranked Attorneys Than Any Other North Carolina Firm For Third Consecutive YearNov. 9, 2012
- Aug. 23, 2012
- John R. Wester quoted in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on "Federal judge decertifies $100 million class-action suit against trucking company"Aug. 10, 2012
- June 8, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Eighteen Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Included Among North Carolina’s 2012 ‘Legal Elite,’ ‘Legal Elite Hall of Fame’Jan. 4, 2012
- Charlotte-based Firm Has More Ranked Lawyers Than Any Other North Carolina FirmNov. 16, 2011
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Seven Shareholders Included Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in the Top 10Jan. 21, 2011
- Twenty-One Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named Among North Carolina’s ‘Legal Elite,’ ‘Legal Elite Hall of Fame’Jan. 12, 2011
- Oct. 19, 2010
- Aug. 9, 2010
- Forty-Six Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars for 2010Jan. 28, 2010
- Twenty-Five Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named Among ‘Legal Elite,’ ‘Legal Elite Hall of Fame’ in North CarolinaJan. 26, 2010
- Aug. 10, 2009
- Jan. 23, 2009
- Sept. 19, 2008
- Jan. 23, 2008
- Sept. 7, 2007
- Jan. 26, 2007
- Dec. 31, 2006
- Sept. 6, 2006
- Jan. 18, 2006
- Developments in Trade Secret and Noncompetition Agreements and Navigating Employee Leave Under the ADA, FMLA and Workers' Comp
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- May 12, 2017Carolinas Class Action Blog
- March 31, 2017Carolinas Class Action Blog
- March 10, 2017Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Feb. 21, 2017Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Feb. 9, 2017Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Feb. 3, 2017Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Nov. 23, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Oct. 3, 2016Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- Aug. 31, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- June 23, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Fourth Circuit Holds that Court, Not Arbitrators, Decides Whether Arbitration Agreement Provides for Class ArbitrationMarch 29, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- March 24, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Feb. 12, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Jan. 27, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Jan. 19, 2016Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Dec. 7, 2015Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Sept. 2, 2015Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Fourth Circuit Upholds District Court’s Decision Not to Provide Pre-Certification Notice to Putative Class MembersAug. 18, 2015Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Judge Cogburn Issues Order Discussing Communications to Class Members During Pendency of Class ProceedingsJuly 20, 2015Carolinas Class Action Blog
- July 15, 2015Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In Major Decision Concerning the Implications of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. DukesJune 9, 2015Carolinas Class Action Blog
- Dec. 31, 2014Carolinas Class Action Blog
- May 1, 2014Business North Carolina, Law Journal
- American Bar Association, Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections
- Mecklenburg County Bar, “ERISA Litigation: Overview and Recent Developments,” Speaker
- Mecklenburg County Bar, “SEC Enforcement Actions,” Speaker
- Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member
- Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Dickson Phillips Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1983-84
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Charlotte Chapter, Board of Directors, President, 2002-04; Executive Committee, 2002-08; 2012-15
- Morehead-Cain Foundation, Board of Trustees, Chairman