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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 and other high-stakes disputes in courts across the country. Erik's recent experience ranges from helping a health care provider defeat a preliminary injunction motion relating to a $100 million contract to helping the governor of North Carolina secure a preliminary injunction relating to proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution.

Erik has particular experience in appellate litigation, drawing on his experience as a law clerk for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the 4th Circuit. He has argued appeals in the 4th Circuit and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and has filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts nationwide. Erik also co-chairs the firm's Appellate Practice Group and serves on the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee and Appellate Practice Section Council.

Before joining Robinson Bradshaw, Erik 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, 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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