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Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1992, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1989-90

Vanderbilt Divinity School, M.Div., 1992, Founder's Medalist

Davidson College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1987, Phi Beta Kappa


Julian Wright practices in the areas of employment law, business litigation, and government and internal investigations. In employment law, he provides counseling and litigation guidance to employers and executives around the country. Julian's experience includes contract negotiation, day-to-day advice on employment matters, and litigation in the Southeast and nationwide about discrimination, harassment, noncompetition covenants, trade secrets, wrongful termination and ERISA matters.

As a business and commercial litigator, Julian assists clients with disputes over breaches of contract, shareholder rights, business valuations, landlord-tenant issues, unfair competition, and securities matters. He regularly litigates in North Carolina’s Business Court, state courts around the country and extensively in the federal court system.

Julian also represents clients in SEC, DOL and other government investigations. In addition, he has successfully conducted multiple internal investigations for clients involving employment, securities and other issues.

Julian is a certified Superior Court mediator. He regularly represents houses of worship in disputes in various tribunals. Julian also maintains an active pro bono practice, including in the area of criminal post-conviction work, and he is Robinson Bradshaw’s director of pro bono services.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, labor & employment, 2010-24
  • The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, employment law - management, labor law - management, litigation - labor and employment, 2007-24; Charlotte Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2017; Charlotte Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, employment and labor, 2008-24
  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star, 2019-24
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, employment, 2008, 2014
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law Award, 2024
  • Mecklenburg Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners Program, Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019, 2021, 2023
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2016-23
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte, Outstanding Individual Pro Bono Service Award, 2018 
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Award, 2014
  • Bank of America Local Hero, 2008
  • Young Lawyers Division of the NCBA, Pro Bono Service Award, 2001
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Pro Bono Service Award, 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1992-93



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2019-22
  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission (chaired by the Chief Justice of North Carolina), 2015-22; Vice Chair, 2019-22
  • North Carolina Faith and Justice Alliance, Steering Committee, Co-Chair, 2020-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, Former Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Council, Former Chair
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Coalition of Charter Schools, Board Member, 2019-22
  • North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform, Board Member and Secretary, 2017-23
  • Sugar Creek Charter School, Board Member, 2015-21; Vice Chair, 2018-20
  • MeckMIN (fka Mecklenburg Ministries), Board Member, 2016-21; Treasurer, 2016-20
  • Privatization and Competition Advisory Committee of the City of Charlotte (appointed by City Council), Member, 2012-16
  • Camp Grier, Old Fort, NC, Board Member and Chair, 2013-present
  • GenerationNation, Inc. (fka Kids Voting Mecklenburg County), Board Member, 2008-16; Chair, 2011-15
  • CMS Equity Committee, Chair (appointed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education), 2002-07
  • Freedom School Partners, Inc. (fka Seigle Avenue Partners, Inc.), Board Member, 1999-2011; Board Chair, 2004-07; Strategic Adviser, 2012-present
  • William C. Friday Fellow, Wildacres Leadership Initiative
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 23
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