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Duke University, J.D., with high honors, 1987; Notes Editor, Alaska Law Review, 1986-87 

Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984, Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholar


Rob Harrington litigates complex business disputes. He represents corporate clients in a broad range of contract, trade practice and other business matters. Rob has served as lead counsel in cases in various jurisdictions, including the North Carolina Business Court and other state and federal courts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. He regularly defends financial institutions in consumer lending disputes and has represented banks in lawsuits arising from their service as fiduciaries.

Rob chairs the firm's Litigation Department. He served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar, was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, and serves as a member of the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, litigation - banking and finance, 2010-19; Charlotte Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2016, 2019
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006-18; Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2016-18; Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyer, 2016-17
  • Mecklenburg County Bar, Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, 2015
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, 2013
  • Duke Law Alumni Association, Charles S. Murphy Award for Achievement in Public Service, 2012
  • Uptown Magazine, Charlotte Catalyst Award, 2012
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Award, 2009
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Diversity in Business Catalyst, 2004
  • NAACP-National Office Pro Bono Legal Services Award, 1999
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana,



News & Events



  • Goodwill Opportunity Campus
    5301 Wilkinson Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28208

    May 23, 2018
  • Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center
    2850 Zebulon Ave.
    Charlotte, NC 28208

    May 19, 2017
  • Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center
    2850 Zebulon Ave.
    Charlotte, NC 28208

    Oct. 21, 2016
  • A Day in the Courtroom: Observation of a Trade Secrets Mock Trial
    2014 North Carolina Bar Association Litigation Section Annual Meeting

    Wilmington, North Carolina

    June 19, 2014
  • Charlotte School of Law
    2145 Suttle Avenue
    Charlotte, NC

    Sept. 17, 2011



Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, President, 2012-13
  • North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, Civil Justice Committee,
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2017-present
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member, 1995-present; Restatement of the Law (Third) Agency, Advisor, 1997-2002
  • Duke Law School, Board of Visitors, 2006-present
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors, 1997-present; Chair, 2005-07
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • U.S District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Merit Selection Panel, 2016-17
  • North Carolina Business Court, Advisory Rules Committee, 2015-16
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America Senior Fellow

Community Affiliations

  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Board of Trustees, 2013-present; Vice Chair, 2016-18; Chair,
  • Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Board of Directors, 2012-present; Chair, 2017-18
  • TreesCharlotte, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • University of North Carolina Press, Advancement Council, 2017-present
  • The Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, Board of Directors, 2008-12; 2013-17
  • Levine Museum of the New South, Board of Directors, 2003-12; Chair, 2008-10
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