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Duke University, J.D., with high honors; 1987, Notes Editor, Alaska Law Review, 1986-87 

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984, Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholar


Rob Harrington represents clients in complex business disputes, involving both class and individual claims. He represents corporate clients in a broad range of contract, trade practice and other business litigation. Rob regularly represents financial institutions in consumer lending disputes and in disputes arising from their service as fiduciaries.

Rob's recent work in these areas includes successfully defending a putative class action Truth-in-Lending Act claim against a consumer lender in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also recently resolved a trust-related claim against a major financial institution during trial in the North Carolina Business Court.

Rob chairs the firm's Litigation Department. He is also a leader in bar and civic activities. Rob has served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar, and he has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to the newly formed North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, litigation - banking and finance, 2010-16; Charlotte Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006-16; Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2016; Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyer, 2016
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, 2015
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, 2013
  • Duke Law Alumni Association, Charles S. Murphy Award for Achievement in Public Service, 2012
  • Uptown Magazine, Charlotte Catalyst Award, 2012
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Award, 2009
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Diversity in Business Catalyst, 2004
  • NAACP-National Office Pro Bono Legal Services Award, 1999
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, President, 2012-13
  • North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, 2015-present
  • North Carolina Business Court, Advisory Rules Committee, 2015-present
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board Co-Chair, 2005-07
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Duke Law School, Board of Visitors, 2006-present
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member, 1995-present; Restatement of the Law (Third) Agency, Advisor, 1997-2002
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2011-present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2010-present
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1987-88

Community Affiliations

  • Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • The Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, Board of Directors, 2008-12; 2013-present
  • Levine Museum of the New South, Board of Directors, 2003-12; Chair, 2008-10
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