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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1979; Editor-in-Chief, North Carolina Law Review, 1978-79

Oxford University (Brasenose College), Diploma in Law, 1988

Davidson College, A.B., 1975


Dickson Phillips has represented companies and individuals in litigation and negotiation for over 35 years. He has litigated a broad range of business and commercial matters in state and federal courts, including contract enforcement and breach, ethical business practices, trade secret misappropriation, copyright, trademark, land use and corporate governance. Dickson also regularly advises clients developing and seeking protection of their brands through trademark registration and administrative litigation.

His recent experience includes successfully defending a company and its employee accused of trade secret misappropriation and violation of a covenant against competition in the North Carolina Business Court, successfully obtaining an injunction against a nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreement violation in the transportation logistics software field, and obtaining injunctive relief against the use of an infringing mark on the Internet.

Through his work as a mediator and arbitrator, Dickson has assisted hundreds of parties in disputes large and small in creating mutually satisfactory outcomes. His recent work as a mediator has emphasized intellectual property disputes, but he has historically focused on environmental disputes and disputes between the public and administrative agencies.

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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar, CLE Board, 2015-present
  • North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, 2005-13
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Case Manager, 1998-present 
  • North Carolina Superior Court, Certified Mediator, 1992-present
  • American Bar Association
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, 1996-2003
  • Duke Private Adjudication Center, Mediator and Private Judge, 1994-2002
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