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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. He regularly represents financial institutions in consumer lending disputes and in disputes arising from their service as fiduciaries. He has advised clients on various matters involving consumer lending laws.

Rob's recent work includes successfully defending a putative class action Truth-in-Lending Act claim against a consumer lender in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also recently resolved a trust-related claim against a major financial institution during trial in the North Carolina Business Court.

Rob chairs the firm's Litigation Department. He is also a leader in bar and civic activities. Rob served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar, and he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, litigation - banking and finance, 2010-18; Charlotte Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006-17; Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2016-17; Top 25 Charlotte Super Lawyer, 2016-17
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • 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



News & Events



  • 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 Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2017-present
  • North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, Civil Justice Committee,
  • 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
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Duke Law School, Board of Visitors, 2006-present
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors, 1997-present; Chair, 2005-07
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member, 1995-present; Restatement of the Law (Third) Agency, Advisor, 1997-2002
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America Senior Fellow
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana,

Community Affiliations

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