Mark W. Merritt to Serve as State Bar Councilor

Dec. 8, 2006

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. is pleased to announce that the Mecklenburg County Bar has re-elected Mark W. Merritt to serve as a State Bar Councilor for a three-year term. The North Carolina State Bar is governed by a body called the North Carolina State Bar Council. It is composed of 55 attorneys who are elected as councilors from their respective judicial districts, three laypersons appointed as public members by the Governor, and the four elected officers. The work of the Council is accomplished primarily through committees. The principal standing committees are Grievance and Ethics. There are five other standing committees: Authorized Practice, Justice System, Client Assistance, Administrative, and Executive.

Mr. Merritt has a long history of involvement within the legal community including having served as Mecklenburg County Bar President (2000-01), President of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (1992-94), as Treasurer of the 1999 Mecklenburg County Courthouse Bond Campaign to secure adequate funding to build a new county courthouse and as Co-Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Courthouse Committee. Mr. Merritt is also a member of the Council of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and served as its chair in 2005. He is a member of the Litigation and Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association, and he has lectured on antitrust and litigation issues. Business North Carolina magazine ranked him in 2006 as one of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in the area of antitrust and litigation, as determined by a vote of attorneys statewide. He is featured in the 2006 Woodward/White Inc. edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” with respect to antitrust law and business litigation and is featured in “Chambers USA: American’s Leading Business Lawyers, 2006” with respect to business litigation. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Merritt's practice covers a broad range of business-related litigation, including, antitrust litigation and counseling, complex and class action litigation and securities litigation. He is regularly involved in representing clients in governmental investigations, including investigations conducted by federal antitrust agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and self-regulatory organizations. Additionally, he has assisted corporate clients in conducting investigations into internal accounting and financial irregularities.

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