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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.

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Professional Affiliations

  • 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

Community Affiliations

  • 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
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