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Education

University of Virginia, J.D., 1983, Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Virginia Law Review, 1982-83

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with highest honors, 1980, John Motley Morehead Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa

Profile

David Wright has represented companies and executives in business disputes for more than 30 years. He is editor of the firm's Class Actions Brief blog, and he regularly represents defendants in complex and varied securities, corporate and ERISA class and derivative actions, as well as corporate and regulatory investigations. David has handled numerous noncompetition and trade secret disputes, employment disputes of all kinds, and executive compensation and severance matters.

David has assisted numerous clients in high-stakes contractual, commercial and corporate disputes. He also prosecutes claims for policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including those relating to long-tail toxic tort exposures. He has extensive experience representing clients throughout North America who face product liability claims arising from significant property damage or personal injuries. In addition, David has represented the administrations of four different North Carolina governors in significant and groundbreaking constitutional and statutory litigation.

David is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. The College selects Fellows by invitation only to experienced trial lawyers whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.

He serves as chairman of the board of trustees of The Morehead-Cain Foundation.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, litigation, 2012-20
  • The Best Lawyers in America, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, employment law - management, labor law - management, product liability litigation - defendants, 2006-21; Charlotte Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2018; Charlotte Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2021
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2009-20; Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2009-18; Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyer, 2013-18
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, litigation, 2010-12, 2014-20
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, general commercial, labor and employment, product liability, 2011-20; Labor & Employment Star, 2019-20
  • Client Choice - USA & Canada, Litigation, 2014 
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Only North Carolina litigator to receive Lexology "Client Choice" award in 2014, based exclusively on interviews with senior corporate counsel

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Dickson Phillips Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1983-84

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Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Labor and Employment Sections
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, "ERISA Litigation: Overview and Recent Developments," Speaker
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, "SEC Enforcement Actions," Speaker
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member

Community Affiliations

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Charlotte Chapter, Board of Directors, President, 2002-04; Executive Committee, 2002-08; 2012-15
  • Morehead-Cain Foundation, Board of Trustees, Chairman
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