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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 counsels companies and individuals in complex disputes. He has a particular focus on appellate litigation, in which he draws on his experience as a law clerk for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Erik has argued appeals in the 4th Circuit and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and has filed numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts across the country.

His recent experience covers a broad range of subject matters, including business disputes, antitrust litigation, class actions, trade secrets, unfair trade practices and constitutional law.

Erik's work includes helping to secure dismissal of a multibillion-dollar contract dispute in federal court. He also successfully represented a client in appealing a judgment of nearly $100 million to the 4th Circuit in another contract dispute.

Erik also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented indigent clients in appeals involving issues of criminal law, the Fourth Amendment and landlord-tenant law.

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, 4th Circuit, 2008-09



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Section Council, 2018-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, 2017-present
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