University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1979; Editor-in-Chief, North Carolina Law Review, 1978-79
Oxford University (Brasenose College), Diploma in Law, 1988
Davidson College, A.B., 1975
Dickson Phillips has represented companies and individuals in litigation and negotiation for over 35 years. He has litigated a broad range of business and commercial matters in state and federal courts, including contract enforcement and breach, ethical business practices, trade secret misappropriation, copyright, trademark, land use and corporate governance. Dickson also regularly advises clients developing and seeking protection of their brands through trademark registration and administrative litigation.
His recent experience includes successfully defending a company and its employee accused of trade secret misappropriation and violation of a covenant against competition in the North Carolina Business Court, successfully obtaining an injunction against a nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreement violation in the transportation logistics software field, and obtaining injunctive relief against the use of an infringing mark on the Internet.
Through his work as a mediator and arbitrator, Dickson has assisted hundreds of parties in disputes large and small in creating mutually satisfactory outcomes. His recent work as a mediator has emphasized intellectual property disputes, but he has historically focused on environmental disputes and disputes between the public and administrative agencies.
Trade Secret and Intellectual Property Litigation
Represented company and new employee against effort to enjoin employment on grounds of alleged trade secret misappropriation, obtaining favorable judicial rulings requiring plaintiff to specify trade secrets before seeking detailed discovery of competitor’s business, resulting in favorable settlement and dismissal of the claim.
Represented transportation logistics software provider in obtaining injunction against former customer’s violation of trade secret nondisclosure agreement and non-circumvention agreement.
Represented professional practice in obtaining injunction against competing practice’s use of infringing trademark in website metatags.
Represented owner of trademark in federal lawsuit alleging trademark infringement in online advertising, resulting in favorable consent agreement.
Represented online marketing company against claim that founders misappropriated trade secrets central to company’s business model and success (Winklevoss-type claim), resulting in favorable settlement and dismissal of the claim.
Represented client in suit against insurance company for refusal to provide client’s defense in a suit for trademark infringement, resulting in summary judgment and payment of client’s damages in their entirety.
Represented credit union in obtaining summary judgment dismissing a long-running case alleging misapplication of customer account, and was affirmed on appeal; appellate ruling clarifies application of certain statutes for banks and other financial institutions throughout state. Nelson v. SECU, 775 S.E.2d 334, rev. den., 778 S.E.2d 94 (2015).
Represented group of landowners in obtaining summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, invalidating rezoning and grant of conditional use permit on grounds the county violated mandatory statutory processes. Murdock v. Chatham County, 679 S.E.2d 850 (2009), rev. den., 690 S.E.2d 2010 (2010).
Represented real estate development partnership in obtaining dismissal with prejudice of claims for fraud and unfair trade practices in connection with troubled real estate development.
Represented startup company in obtaining favorable settlement of claim that institution reneged on agreement to purchase services from client, leading to client’s failure.
Represented buyer in obtaining favorable settlement of claim that complex textile manufacturing machines were incomplete upon delivery to People’s Republic of China.
Mediated suit by aggrieved parents against board of education of major school district concerning student assignment and transportation.
Served as mediator in suit for patent infringement against major provider of internal accounting software.
Mediated suit against group of petroleum suppliers alleging adverse health effects to community from leaking petroleum storage tanks.
Served as mediator in dispute among stakeholders including city, county and state over siting of multimodal transportation facility.
Mediated suit against federal government over proposed route of interstate highway.
News & Events
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Feb. 7, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- May 23, 2011
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
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Chapel Hill, North CarolinaSept. 11, 2012
- May 15, 2015Robinson Bradshaw Publication
- March 8, 2013Sports Litigation Alert
- CLE Board of the North Carolina State Bar, 2015-present
- North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, 2005-13
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Case Manager, 1998-present
- North Carolina Superior Court, Certified Mediator, 1992-present
- American Bar Association
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, 1996-2003
- Duke Private Adjudication Center, Mediator and Private Judge, 1994-2002