Walter Brock has been with the firm since 1979 and is a member of the firm’s practice management committee, a shareholder, and a litigation team leader. His practice is focused on civil litigation, with special experience and interest in the following areas: professional liability, professional liability insurance, first party and third party insurance bad faith litigation, property and casualty insurance coverage, product liability, construction defect, environmental litigation, trade secret, non-compete, and non-solicitation law and litigation, business and commercial litigation, breach of contract and unfair trade practice disputes, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.
Walter handles the litigation of cases in the Superior Courts throughout North Carolina, and in each of the three Federal District Courts in North Carolina. He routinely represents parties in appeals before the Court of Appeals of North Carolina, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.
Walter has organized seminars, authored articles, lectured, moderated panel discussions and given trial demonstrations on civil litigation, civil procedure and evidence, ADR and mediation, deposition preparation, products liability, insurance bad faith litigation, insurance coverage, and environmental law. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Education & Bar Admissions
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1978
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1975
- North Carolina, 1978
- U.S. District Courts for North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
Awards & Achievements
- American Board of Trial Advocates – Past President and National Board Member
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America™
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014, & 2015-2018 in the field of Insurance Law
- Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers®, 2006-2017, Business Edition, 2011, 2013, & 2016
- Listed in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, 2014
- Associate justice of the Holderness moot court bench, UNC Chapel Hill
- Law clerk, Chief Judge Naomi E. Morris of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1978-79
Professional & Civic Activity
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Eastern North Carolina Chapter
- Associate (current)
- President, board of directors (previous)
- Litigation Counsel of America™, Fellow
- Wake County Bar Association,
- President, 1998
- Chair, public service committee
- Tenth Judicial Bar Association
- Councilor, 2015-2018
- Mediator and arbitrator, fee dispute resolution committee
- President, 1998
- North Carolina State Bar, Disciplinary Hearing Commission
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
- Defense Research Institute
- Chair, church council, Fairmont United Methodist Church
Publications & Presentations
- “Judicial Independence,” speaker and author, NCBA/ABOTA Foundation Teacher Law School; August 2015
- “Excess/Umbrella Insurance Bad Faith Claims and Avoidance,” speaker and author, North Carolina Bar Association; April 2013
- “Physical and Mental Examinations of Persons in the State and Federal Courts,” speaker and panel discussion participant, Fall Seminar for Insurance Claims Managers and Defense Counsel, Greensboro, NC; September 2012
- “Deposition Preparation,” course speaker for the Southeastern Claims Executive Association, Williamsburg, Va.; October 2009
- “Insurance Bad Faith Claims,” course speaker & author; March 2008
- “Remarks of Walter E. Brock, Jr. at the North Carolina Court of Appeals 40th Anniversary celebration,” Raleigh, NC, January 31, 2008.
- “Issues Relating to ‘Claims Made’ Coverages,” ALFA Insurance Law Roundtable, New York City, June, 2003
- “Spoliation of Evidence,” ALFA Product Liability Seminar, May, 2000
- “Coverage Issues: Sexual Misconduct,” Recurring Policy Issues; (speaker), June, 1996.
- “Insurance Law: A Practical Guide to North Carolina Insurance Law,” Bad Faith Claims and Bad Faith Avoidance, speaker and author, April, 1996.
- “Ethical Considerations in the Litigation Process and Bad Faith,”; Conflicts of Interest and Bad Faith Avoidance; speaker and author, July, 1995.
- “A Practical Approach to North Carolina Insurance Law,” A Practical Guide to Commercial General Liability Insurance Disputes in North Carolina, organizer and author, June, 1995.
- “Insuring Environmental Risks,”; After the Fact, Are You Covered Under Your Old Policy?; course coordinator, speaker and author November, 1992.
- “Hazardous Substances Litigation Workshop”; “Trial Issues,” speaker September, 1992.
- “Mastering the Admissibility of Evidence,“ PESI-North Carolina Evidence Workshop, speaker, August, 1991.
- “Statutes of Limitation and Repose,” North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Fall Seminar; speaker and co-author, October, 1991.
- “Tactics & Mechanics,” PESI-North Carolina Depositions: Strategies, speaker, September, 1990.
- “A Practical Introduction to Environmental Law,” North Carolina Bar Association, course planner, February, 1989.
- “Liability Insurance Coverage for Environmental Pollution,” National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters, October, 1988.
News & Events
- Estate of Bridges v. N. C. Farm Bureau, No. COA12-566 (Feb. 5, 2013) (Insurance coverage; unfair trade practices)
- Williams v. United Community Bank, 724 S.E.2d 543 (2012) (Real estate appraisal reports; trade practices)
- North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, Inc. v. Gervis E. Sadler, 711 S.E.2d 114, 365 N.C. 178 (2011) (Insurance appraisal)
- Goodman v. Holmes & McLaurin, 192N.C. App. 467, 665 S.E. 2d 526 (2008) (professional malpractice)
- Luther v. Seawell and N.C. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 191N.C.App. 139, 662 S.E.2d 1( 2008) (insurance misrepresentation)
- North Carolina Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., Inc., v. T-N-T Carports, Inc., 185 N.C. App. 686, 649 S.E. 2d 420 (2007) (insurance premiums due)
- Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Potter, Nos. 06-1232, 06-1298. 2007 WL 2046832 (4th Cir., July 13, 2007) (environmental coverage)
- Taylor v. North Carolina Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., Inc., 181 N.C. App.343, 638 S.E. 2d 636 (2007) (insurance bad faith)
- C & H Partnership v. Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Slip Copy, 2006 WL 1229001 (M.D.N.C., May 4, 2006) (commercial lease)
- Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Potter, 105 Fed. Appx. 484 (4th Cir., 2004) (environmental coverage)
- Studio Frames Ltd. v. Standard Fire Ins. Co., 369 F. 3d 376 (4th Cir., 2004) (flood loss)
- Rivenbark v. North Carolina Farm bur. Mut. Ins. Co., Inc., 155 N.C. App. 777, 574 S.E. 2d 715 (2003) (insurance bad faith)
- Crawford v. Commercial Union Midwest Ins. Co., 356 N.C. 609, 571 S.E. 2d 781 (2002) (insurance misrepresentation)
- Home American Credit, Inc. v. Investors Title Ins. Co., 199 F.R.D. 563 (E.D.N.C., 2001) (title insurance/fraud)
- Harrison v. Ford, 210 F. 3d 361 (table, text in Westlaw, 4th Cir., 2000)
- Wm. C. Vick Const. Co. v. Pennsylvania Nat. Mut. Cas. Ins. Co., 52 F.Supp.2d 569 (E.D.N.C., 1999), affirmed, 213 F. 3d 634 (table, text in Westlaw, 4th Cir., 2000) (CGL coverage; construction defects)
- Price v. Federal Paper Bd. Co., 145 F.3d 1325 (Table, Text in Westlaw), (4th Cir., 1998) (chemical exposure)
- Pennsylvania Nat. Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. Triangle Paving, Inc., 973 F.Supp. 560 (E.D.N.C., 1996), 121 F.3d 699 (Table, Text in Westlaw., 4th Cir., 1997) (CGL coverage for sedimentation pollution)
- Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Inc. v. Oldham, 113 N.C. App. 490, 439 S.E.2d (1994)
- Ryles v. Durham County Hosp. Corp., Inc., 107 N.C. App. 455, 420 S.E.2d 487 (1992)
- Daniels v. Hertz Corp., 104 N.C. App. 700, 411 S.E.2d 394 (1991)
- Pierson v. Buyher, 330 N.C. 182, 409 S.E.2d 903 (1991)
- U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 735 F.Supp. 1320 (E.D.N.C., 1990)
- Peerless Ins. Co. v. Strother and Carolina Transformer, 765 F. Supp. 866, 33 ERC 1627 (E.D.N.C., 1990) (CGL coverage for PCB contaminated transformer facility)
- C. D. Spangler Construction v. Industrial Crankshaft and Engineering Co., Inc., 326 N. C. 133, 388 S.E.2d 557 (1990) (CGL coverage for pollution and State enforcement action)
- Hartford Acc. & Indem. Co. v. U.S. Fire Ins. Co., 710 F.Supp. 164 (E.D.N.C., 1989)
- Stevens v. Lawyers Mut. Liability Ins. Co. of North Carolina, 789 F.2d 1056, 4 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1151 (4th Cir., 1986)
- Waste Management of Carolinas, Inc. v. Peerless Ins. Co., 315 N. C. 688, 340 S.E.2d 374 (1986) (CGL coverage for Superfund landfill cleanup)
- Smith v. Intermedics, Inc., 767 F.2d 82 (4th Cir., 1985)
- U.S. v. Ward, 618 F.Supp. 884, 23 ERC 1391, 16 Envtl. L.Rep. 20,127 (E.D.N.C., 1985)
- Fried v. North River Ins. Co., 710 F.2d 1022 (4th Cir.,1983)
- Wysong and Miles Co. v. Employers of Wausau, 4 F.Supp.2d 421 (M.D.N.C., 1998)
- American Multimedia, Inc. v. Commercial Union Insurance, U.S.D.C., Middle District of North Carolina (CGL coverage for unfair trade/anti-trust class action)
- Jackson v. Credit General Insurance Company, U.S.D.C., Middle District of North Carolina (CGL coverage for trucking-related accident)
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