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Stanford University, J.D., with distinction, 2007, Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review, 2006-07

Harvard College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004, Phi Beta Kappa; Detur Prize; John Harvard Scholarship


Erik Zimmerman guides clients through complex litigation and appeals. He has helped companies, universities and individuals navigate antitrust suits, class actions, constitutional cases and other high-stakes disputes in courts across the country.

Erik has particular experience in appellate litigation. He often joins cases for the first time on appeal and helps his clients overturn unfavorable rulings from the lower courts.

Erik has argued appeals in the Fourth Circuit and the North Carolina appellate courts. He has also filed numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide.

Erik co-chairs the firm’s Appeals Practice Group and serves on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee and Appellate Practice Section Council.

Before joining Robinson Bradshaw, Erik clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Fourth Circuit, and practiced with Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C.

Honors & Awards


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, 2009-10
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2008-09



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Professional Affiliations

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Liability Reform Litigation Advisory Committee, 2020-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section Council, 2018-present; CLE Chair, 2019-21
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, 2017-present
  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, Triangle Pro Bono Legal Council, 2017-present
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