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University of Virginia, J.D., 1982, Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief, Virginia Law Review, 1981-82

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1979, Phi Beta Kappa; John Motley Morehead Scholar; Phi Eta Sigma


Mark Merritt's practice covers a broad range of business-related litigation including antitrust, complex and class action, and shareholder litigation. He regularly represents clients in governmental investigations, including civil and criminal investigations conducted by federal antitrust agencies and investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mark counsels clients on antitrust issues and assists them in obtaining regulatory approvals from the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and state attorney generals for corporate transactions. Additionally, he has assisted corporate clients in conducting internal investigations into accounting and financial irregularities.

Mark also represents clients who are faced with the condemnation of their property by a governmental authority. He has handled condemnation cases for golf courses, large outdoor amphitheaters, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial buildings and undeveloped land.

Mark served as vice chancellor and general counsel for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2016-18. His knowledge and experience in higher education law benefits clients and higher educational institutions across the country.

Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Advocate's Award, 2023
  • Chambers USA, litigation and antitrust, 2003-16, 2021-23
  • The Best Lawyers in America, antitrust, litigation - securities, 2001-24; commercial litigation, litigation - antitrust, 2023-24
    • Charlotte Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year, 2024
    • Charlotte Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2024
    • Charlotte Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year, 2013, 2015, 2017 
    • Charlotte Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite Hall of Fame, antitrust and litigation
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2007-17, 2022-23; Top 10 North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2007-16; top recipient of votes, 2009; Top 25 Charlotte, 2013-16
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, antitrust, class actions, general commercial, securities, 2007-16 
  • North Carolina Bar Association, H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable John M. Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar, Past President, 2017-18; President, 2016-17; President-Elect, 2015-16; Vice President, 2014-15; Councilor, 2006-present; Ethics Committee, Vice Chair, 2009, Chair 2010, 2011, 2013; Lawyers Assistance Program, Chair, 2008-12
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, Member
  • North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, Legal Professionalism Committee, Member, 2015-17
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Section, 1996-present; Chair, 2005
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, President, 2000-01; Executive Committee; Treasurer, 1996-98
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute
  • American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow
  • International Society of Barristers Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, Region 4 Representative, 2021-present
  • Morehead-Cain Central Selection Committee, 2010-13, 2017-22
  • Senior Warden, Christ Episcopal Church, 2007
  • The Family Center, Board of Directors, 1994-99; President, 1997
  • Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, Board of Directors, 2013-14; 1989-98; President, 1992-94
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