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North Carolina


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2005

University of Montana, B.A., with high honors, 2002


Pearlynn Houck is a versatile litigator and adviser. She represents companies and executives in investigations and complex business disputes. She has experience in matters involving fraud, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, corporate governance, professional negligence and class actions.

Pearlynn regularly conducts internal investigations and assists clients in responding to government inquiries. She also co-chairs the firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice Group.

Pearlynn's clients benefit from her courtroom experience. She has argued injunctions, temporary restraining orders and dispositive motions, participated in multiple jury trials and arbitrations, and litigated appeals in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, 2020-23
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2022-23; Rising Star, 2013-20
  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star, 2019-23; Top Litigator Under 40, 2016-19; Future Star, litigation, 2015-16
  • Sports Business Journal, Outside Counsel Power Player, 2021
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Young Guns, 2014, 2016; litigation, 2019-20
  • The Mecklenburg Times, 50 Most Influential Women, 2020
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte’s Forty Under 40, 2015


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable N. Carlton Tilley Jr., Chief Judge, Middle District of North Carolina,



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Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Nominating Committee, 2018
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, 2014-19
  • Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Grant Review Committee, 2014-17
  • North Carolina Business Court, Advisory Rules Committee, 2015

Community Affiliations

  • Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Women Executives, 2018-present
  • Women’s Impact Fund, Grants Committee, 2008-09, 2012-16; Grants Team Co-Chair, 2014-16; Grants Task Force Co-Chair, 2016-17; Spark Committee, 2017-18; Board of Directors, 2017-20
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 38
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