Washington and Lee University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1986, Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif; John W. Davis Award for the Highest Academic Average; Note and Comment Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, 1985-86
Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1978
Stoke Caldwell's vast experience primarily includes representation of sponsors in arrangements with NASCAR and other motorsports entities, MLB teams, NFL teams and NBA teams; representation of professional race car drivers, teams, sponsors, agents and agencies, sanctioning bodies and other industry entities; and assistance with arrangements in television, film and live entertainment.
Stoke helped spearhead the legal work for several major groundbreaking joint ventures in the NASCAR space, including the Gillett Evernham and Roush Fenway transactions. Having worked on transactions from all angles, he has a unique perspective and is able to provide insight regarding issues affecting all parties, along with market insight on industry terms.
Stoke's practice also includes the formation, purchase and sale of motorsports and other sports teams; all aspects of managing NASCAR Charter Member arrangements; event agreements; and servicing and other ventures between motorsports entities.
He is a frequent speaker on sports and entertainment law, including seminars for the NCBA, the Sports Lawyers Association, TRAC and the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, banking and finance, entertainment - motion pictures and television, sports law, 2003-24; Charlotte Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year, 2024
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, entertainment & sports, 2006-23
- North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law Award, 2019
- Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star, 2014-20, 2023
- Sports Business Journal, Outside Counsel Power Player, 2016, 2021
- The Racing Attorney Conference, TRAC Star Award for Outstanding Achievement in motorsports law, 2014
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, banking & finance, 2006-12
- Charlotte Observer, NASCAR's Top 20 Most Influential Individuals, 2007
- Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Represents multiple top past, current and/or Hall of Fame drivers and riders, including Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Jeff Gordon, Marcos Ambrose, Ricky Carmichael, Dale Jarrett, Daniel Suarez and Ryan Trues, as well as various crew chiefs and others, with respect to their legal needs in various racing series.
Represents Richard Petty in various matters.
Represents NASCAR racing teams, including Richard Petty Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing and others, in connection with full array of contract and legal requirements.
Handled and handles acquisition and divestiture transactions for entities involved in the sports industry.
Organized MotoAmerica for motorcycle road racing in the United States and represents MotoAmerica in connection with major contractual and other matters.
Represented Roush Racing and created a joint venture with a major sports team to create Roush Fenway Racing. Represented Evernham Motorsports in connection with an investment by the Gillett family to create Richard Petty Motorsports.
Represents the entertainment and licensing interests of a major theme park company.
Represents major national sponsor in connection with multiple major league sports sponsorship agreements.
Represents several personalities in television media contracts.
Represents several sports agencies in contractual matters, as well as contractual matters for their celebrity and athlete clients.
Represents an NBA team on various legal matters.
News & Events
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- Jan. 14, 2022
- Nov. 1, 2021
- Oct. 25, 2021
- Aug. 26, 2021
- Jan. 15, 2021
- Aug. 20, 2020
- Jan. 22, 2020
- Oct. 28, 2019
- Aug. 15, 2019
- Jan. 28, 2019
- Aug. 15, 2018
- June 20, 2018
- April 18, 2018
- Jan. 30, 2018
- Eight Named “Lawyer of the Year”Aug. 16, 2017
- June 15, 2017
- Jan. 26, 2017
- Eight Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"Aug. 15, 2016
- June 27, 2016
- June 15, 2016
- June 13, 2016
- Jan. 27, 2016
- Aug. 18, 2015
- Jan. 21, 2015
- Firm Topped North Carolina Rankings in Eight Practice AreasAug. 19, 2014
- Robinson Bradshaw Recommended by Managing Intellectual Property; Two Attorneys Named ‘IP Stars’ for Second Consecutive YearMay 30, 2014
- April 28, 2014
- April 10, 2014
- Jan. 21, 2014
- Aug. 15, 2013
- July 10, 2013
- Robinson Bradshaw Recommended as Tier 1 Intellectual Property Firm by Managing Intellectual PropertyTwo Attorneys Named ‘IP Stars’June 25, 2013
- Six Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 18, 2013
- Aug. 23, 2012
- June 8, 2012
- April 30, 2012
- Seven Shareholders Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in Top 10Jan. 23, 2012
- Sept. 1, 2011
- Charlotte Firm Leads All Other N.C. Firms in Ranked Attorneys, No. 1 Practice Areas for Third-Straight YearJune 14, 2011
- Seven Shareholders Included Among State’s Top 100 Attorneys, Two in the Top 10Jan. 21, 2011
- Aug. 9, 2010
- Twenty-Two Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named to Chambers USA, Most in North Carolina for Second Straight YearCharlotte-Based Firm Again Recognized as State Leader in Eight Practice AreasJune 11, 2010
- Robinson Bradshaw's Sports & Entertainment Practice Profiled in Street & Smith's Sports Business JournalMay 3, 2010
- Forty-Six Robinson Bradshaw Attorneys Named North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina Rising Stars for 2010Jan. 28, 2010
- Aug. 10, 2009
- June 18, 2009
- Jan. 27, 2009
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- Sept. 19, 2008
- June 14, 2008
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- June 15, 2007
- May 21, 2007
- Jan. 26, 2007
- Sept. 6, 2006
- June 2, 2006
- Feb. 6, 2006
- Jan. 18, 2006
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- North Carolina Bar Foundation, Development Committee for more than a decade; Chair, 2017; Oversight Committee, 2017-19
- North Carolina Bar Association, Personnel Committee, 2007-20; Board of Governors, 2004; Sports & Entertainment Law Section, Chairman, 2003
- Sports Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2004-19; Director Emeritus, 2020-present
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- Dale Jr. Foundation, Board of Directors
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- Queens University, Board of Visitors, 2014-present
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