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 counseling and litigation expertise to employers and executives around the country. Julian's experience includes negotiating contracts, giving day-to-day advice on employment matters, and litigating disputes in the Southeast and nationwide about discrimination, harassment, noncompetition covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination and ERISA matters. He 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. He regularly litigates in North Carolina’s Business Court, state courts around the country 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. In addition, he has successfully conducted multiple internal investigations for clients.
Julian is a certified Superior Court mediator. He regularly represents houses of worship in disputes in various tribunals. Julian also maintains an active pro bono practice, particularly in the area of 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
Employment Litigation Matters
Successfully defended a physician group in state court against allegations of misappropriating trade secrets and breaching employment contracts; obtained complete dismissal of lawsuit under Rule 37 because of discovery abuses by the plaintiff physician group; obtained judgment of over $144,000 in attorneys’ fees, expenses and costs for our clients. E. Brooks Wilkins Family Medicine, P.A. v. WakeMed, et al., ___ N.C. App. ___, 784 S.E.2d 178 (2016).
Reversed in the North Carolina Court of Appeals a judgment erroneously allowing a claimant to obtain unemployment benefits even though the nursing home client had fired the claimant for cause; prevailed on the basis of properly acknowledging evidence of for cause termination in the record below. Jackson v. North Carolina Dept. of Commerce and Golden Age of Lexington, Inc., ___ N.C. App. ___, 775 S.E.2d 687 (2015).
Prevailed in four-week jury trial for international electronics manufacturer in California state court over allegations of age discrimination and wrongful termination by 67-year-old former employee, with 46 years of experience with the company, following a layoff; successfully defended company and obtained judgment completely vindicating the layoff decision without an appeal being filed.
Prevailed on behalf of a medical professional in an arbitration finding breach of contract and violations of the Wage & Hour Act by her former medical practice employer.
Successfully obtained expedited discovery and permanent injunctive relief on trade secret and noncompetition claims on behalf of a medical staffing company against a former employee and his new employer in state court.
Secured summary judgment for a publicly traded factory-built housing manufacturer in an executive compensation, ERISA and restraint of trade case in federal court with the judgment affirmed on appeal. Cole v. Champion Enterprises, Inc., 496 F. Supp.2d 613 (M.D.N.C. 2007), aff’d, 2008 WL 5427803, 45 Emp. Benef. Cases 2371 (4th Cir. 2008).
Prevailed in federal court for a surgical group in a matter alleging sexual harassment and discrimination arising out of alleged conduct at a stand-alone surgical center.
Business Litigation Matters
Successfully obtained expedited discovery and then remand from federal court back to North Carolina's Business Court of a misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of corporate opportunity case in the used textile recycling industry. New Friendship Used Clothing Collection, LLC v. Katz, 2017 WL 129016 (E.D.N.C. 2017).
Successfully resisted defendant's attempt to dismiss a derivative action breach of fiduciary duty case in North Carolina's Business Court involving a real estate development on the grounds that the complaint at issue alleged release agreement relied upon by defendant had been obtained by fraud. Shaw v. Gee, 2016 WL 7435984, 2016 NCBC 101 (N.C. Super. Ct., 2016).
Secured a permanent injunction, the payment of damages and the partial payment of attorneys’ fees in federal court for nationwide security fence and services provider in an action alleging trademark violations, tortious interference, and unfair and deceptive trade practices in advertising.
Prevailed in two-week jury trial in state court and obtained judgment evicting nursing home operator from premises for breaches of a lease agreement with the judgment affirmed on appeal. GRE Properties Thomasville LLC v. Libertywood Nursing Center, Inc., 235 N.C. App. 266, 761 S.E.2d 676 (2014).
Successfully obtained $1.5 million judgment in federal court in breach of contract action over sale of interests in a telecommunications holding company.
Successfully represented a credit reporting agency in the resolution of multiple lawsuits in state and federal court over allegations of violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Successfully obtained summary judgment in state court declaring North Carolina’s Installment Paper Dealer Tax unconstitutional and collected judgment for client of over $35.8 million in wrongfully paid taxes, interest and penalties.
Securities-Related Litigation and Investigation Matters
Defended Internet services and hosting provider in an SEC investigation into the operation of an alleged Ponzi scheme that utilized the provider’s services and did so without the filing of any civil enforcement action or the payment of any civil monetary penalty.
Defended in federal court a publicly traded industrial manufacturer in class action litigation alleging securities laws violations and other “tag along” ERISA class claims and secured dismissal of the litigation.
Successfully pursued claims of a former shareholder for breach of contract and payment of a dividend for ownership of shares in North Carolina’s Business Court.
Successfully defended publicly traded international textile company and a group of its officers and directors in an SEC investigation for alleged insider trading without the filing of any civil enforcement action or the payment of any civil monetary penalty.
Defended financial services firm and a group of its employees in an SEC investigation for purported securities fraud and did so without the filing of any civil enforcement action or the payment of any civil monetary penalty.
Constitutional and Ecclesiastical Matters
Successfully represented in state court a church and its parish council against allegations brought by a dissident group of purported church members over the church's administration and a pastor's termination; prevailed on First Amendment grounds by demonstrating that civil courts should not adjudicate the religious dispute. Azige v. Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, ___ N.C. App. ___, 790 S.E.2d 570 (2016).
Defended in ecclesiastical proceedings in the Presbyterian Church (USA) a pastor accused of misconduct and secured dismissal of most charges and a result that allowed client to remain in the pastorate.
Successfully mediated a dispute in the Presbyterian Church (USA) involving allegations of sexual misconduct among members of a church's staff.
Secured dismissal on First Amendment grounds of employment law and tort claims filed against a religious institution by a former pastor in federal court. Jacobs v. Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, 214 F.Supp.2d 552 (W.D.N.C. 2002).
News & Events
- Feb. 3, 2017
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Sept. 26, 2016
- Sept. 20, 2016
- Sept. 7, 2016
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- June 2, 2016
- March 17, 2016
- Feb. 11, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Oct. 19, 2015
- Aug. 20, 2015
- Aug. 18, 2015
- May 28, 2015
- Julian H. Wright Jr. Quoted in The Charlotte Observer on "Charlotte's Citizens Review Board uses new powers in police case"May 15, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- May 23, 2014
- Feb. 21, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Eighteen Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Included Among North Carolina’s 2014 ‘Legal Elite,’ ‘Legal Elite Hall of Fame’Jan. 6, 2014
- Aug. 15, 2013
- May 24, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Aug. 23, 2012
- June 8, 2012
- Charlotte Observer Publishes Op-Ed from Julian H. Wright Jr., "Without civics, Idol judges better known than Supreme Court"March 9, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Thirteen Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers’ ‘2012 Charlotte Lawyers of the Year’Robinson Bradshaw Receives 14 Awards in 2012 RankingOct. 25, 2011
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Medical Practice Compliance Alert, June 27, 2011
- Charlotte Firm Leads All Other N.C. Firms in Ranked Attorneys, No. 1 Practice Areas for Third-Straight YearJune 14, 2011
- Inc.com, April 27, 2011
- Seven Shareholders Included Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in the Top 10Jan. 21, 2011
- Aug. 9, 2010
- Twenty-Two Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named to Chambers USA, Most in North Carolina for Second Straight YearCharlotte-Based Firm Again Recognized as State Leader in Eight Practice AreasJune 11, 2010
- Forty-Six Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars for 2010Jan. 28, 2010
- Aug. 10, 2009
- Jan. 23, 2009
- Oct. 20, 2008
- Sept. 19, 2008
- Jan. 23, 2008
- Dec. 31, 2007
- Sept. 7, 2007
- Jan. 26, 2007
- 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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- 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
- Sugar Creek Charter School, Board Member, 2015-present
- MeckMin (fka Mecklenburg Ministries), Board Member and Treasurer, 2016-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