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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 large financial institution win dismissal of a proposed class action concerning its account fees to filing an amicus brief on behalf of four former North Carolina governors in a constitutional challenge to partisan gerrymandering.

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

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