Adam Doerr Named to Charlotte Ledger’s 40 Over 40 List



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June 1, 2021

Robinson Bradshaw litigator Adam Doerr has received a 40 Over 40 Award from the Charlotte Ledger. The awards celebrate local unsung heroes 40 years or older who are doing great things in the Charlotte community.

Late last year, Doerr spearheaded a transformative pro bono effort to fight for equity in the way the North Carolina Department of Revenue distributed Extra Credit Grants. The program relied on tax filings to identify families eligible for the $335 in COVID-19 relief aid. High- and middle-income families who filed tax returns received the funds automatically, while low-income families who fell below the threshold for filing returns had to apply. The application process was not widely promoted and had a short deadline. Only approximately 15,000 low-income parents applied for the aid, just a fraction of eligible families statewide.

In conjunction with community partners, Doerr and a team of Robinson Bradshaw attorneys filed and succeeded in obtaining a court order, prompting the deadline for the aid applications to be reopened and funding a major outreach effort. Doerr then led an extraordinary effort to set up, facilitate and raise awareness of the application process. As a result, nearly 25,000 low-income parents applied for the aid in the second window, and more than $5 million in relief aid was distributed to North Carolina families that needed it the most. Doerr dedicated hundreds of pro bono hours to the project in just a few months.

Passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, Doerr is in his second year leading the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and he recently served as chair of the Bar’s Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program, which aims to improve diversity in the Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships.

Doerr co-chairs Robinson Bradshaw’s Appeals and Class Actions practice groups. In his litigation practice, he advocates for companies and individuals involved in significant business disputes, including financial services litigation, class actions, employment, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, and appeals in state and federal courts. He also co-chairs the firm’s Recruiting Committee and serves on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.

Doerr earned his law degree magna cum laude from Duke University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College.

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