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Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1992, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1989-90

Vanderbilt Divinity School, M.Div., 1992, Founder's Medalist

Davidson College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1987, Phi Beta Kappa


Julian Wright practices in the areas of employment law, business litigation and securities disputes. In employment law, he provides both counseling and litigation expertise to employers and executives. Julian's varied experience includes negotiating contracts, giving day-to-day advice on employment matters, and litigating disputes about discrimination, harassment, noncompetition covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination and ERISA matters. He currently co-chairs the firm’s Employment and Labor Practice Group.

As a business and commercial litigator, Julian assists clients with disputes over breaches of contract, shareholder rights, business valuations, landlord-tenant issues and unfair competition matters. He litigates in North Carolina’s specialized Business Court, multiple state courts and local administrative tribunals, and extensively in the federal court system.

Julian also represents clients in SEC and other investigations of securities matters and regularly litigates civil securities issues. He has conducted multiple internal investigations and successfully responded to SEC inquiries and investigations.

Julian is a certified Superior Court mediator. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, particularly in the areas of domestic violence protection and criminal post-conviction work.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, employment law - management, labor law - management, litigation - labor and employment, 2007-17; Charlotte Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2017; Charlotte Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, employment and labor, 2008-17
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, labor & employment, 2010-16
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, employment, 2008, 2014 
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Award, 2014
  • Bank of America Local Hero, 2008
  • Young Lawyers Division of the NCBA, Pro Bono Service Award, 2001
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Pro Bono Service Award, 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission (chaired by the chief justice of North Carolina)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, Former Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Council, Former Chair
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1992-93

Community Affiliations

  • Sugar Creek Charter School, Board Member, 2015-present
  • Privatization and Competition Advisory Committee of the City of Charlotte (appointed by City Council), Member, 2012-16
  • Camp Grier, Old Fort, NC, Board Member and Chair, 2013-present
  • GenerationNation, Inc. (fka Kids Voting Mecklenburg County), Board Member, 2008-16; Chair,
  • CMS Equity Committee, Chair (appointed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education), 2002-07
  • Freedom School Partners, Inc. (fka Seigle Avenue Partners, Inc.), Board Member, 1999-2011; Board Chair, 2004-07; Strategic Adviser, 2012-present
  • William C. Friday Fellow, Wildacres Leadership Initiative
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 23
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