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Cornell University, J.D., 1988; Note Editor, Cornell International Law Journal, 1987-88

Dartmouth College, A.B., cum laude, 1984


Ted Hennessey focuses his practice on the efficient and creative resolution of complex public and close corporation merger and shareholder rights matters, along with health care, construction, real estate and other commercial disputes. He represents clients in the real estate development, construction contracting, investment banking, hedge and other investment fund management, and transportation industries.

Ted has served as lead counsel in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as numerous matters tried to the bench or to arbitrators. He also regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before the North Carolina Business Court. In addition, Ted advises and represents clients in the negotiation of construction and other commercial contracts and corporate governance documents. He heads teams conducting internal investigations and representing the targets of both state and federal investigations.

Ted is a frequent speaker at seminars and meetings on trial and litigation practice and other issues regarding commercial dispute resolution.

Honors & Awards


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Sam J. Ervin III, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit,



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Board of Directors, 2007-10; Treasurer, 2010-12; Executive Vice President, 2012-13; President, 2014-15
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Elected Fellow; Complex Commercial Litigation Institute, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Elected Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee, 2008-present, Chair, 2011-13; Law School Liaison Committee, 2011-present; Construction Law Council, 2002-05
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Construction Sections (Labor and Employment Division, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Chairman, 2002-05)
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Member
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Volunteer Lawyers Committee
  • The Preserve at Belingrath Homeowners Association, President
  • Dartmouth Club of Charlotte, President
  • Regular pro bono service, particularly in the representation of children and of domestic violence plaintiffs
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