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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, LL.B., 1966

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., 1963, John Motley Morehead Scholar


Richard Vinroot is a commercial litigator in the areas of land use and zoning, real estate development and construction, and employment. During the past several years, he has also litigated extensively on behalf of charter schools throughout North Carolina. Richard has appeared and served as lead trial counsel in the successful prosecution, defense and resolution of numerous actions in the federal and state courts, and in arbitrations in all of these areas, for the past 50 years.

Richard's experience includes successful prosecution of multimillion-dollar claims by public charter schools against governmental agencies for violation of state laws, reversal of a multimillion-dollar assessment by a state agency against an international insurance company, successful appeals before the North Carolina appellate courts, and numerous trials concerning commercial transactions in the state and federal courts.

Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Chief Justice's Professionalism Award, 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, litigation - construction, litigation - land use and zoning, litigation - municipal, 2007-24; Charlotte Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2014; Charlotte Litigation - Municipal Lawyer of the Year, 2019, 2021, 2024
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, William Richardson Davie Award, 2022
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, employment, 2007, commercial litigation, 2009
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006 
  • American City and County, Municipal Leader of the Year Award, 1995 
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



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Professional Affiliations

  • Mayor of Charlotte, 1991-95
  • Charlotte City Council, 1983-91
  • Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Director, 1997-2017
  • Republican nominee for governor of North Carolina, 2000

Community Affiliations

  • Sugar Creek Charter School, Board of Directors, 1996-2015
  • UNC Nutrition Research Institute, Board of Advisors
  • Charlotte YMCA, Board of Trustees 
  • Myers Park Presbyterian Church, former high school Sunday School teacher (47 years)
  • U. S. Army, active duty (Republic of Vietnam), 1967-68
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