With an extensive trial résumé, Brian centers his practice on the defense of transportation liability claims involving large commercial trucks and buses, medical negligence cases, insurance coverage litigation, insurance bad faith and extra-contractual litigation, and insurance regulatory matters including representation of the North Carolina Rate Bureau and the North Carolina Reinsurance Facility. Brian has litigated cases to verdict in many state and federal courts in North Carolina and has handled appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. His trial experience also includes products liability, construction liability and premises liability cases. Brian is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct mediated settlement conferences in Superior Court cases. He is available to conduct mediations in most North Carolina counties.

Brian has held important leadership positions within the Bar and is well-connected throughout the state. In particular, Brian is a past president of the Wake County Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the International Association of Defense Counsel and the International Society of Barristers. He holds an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Brian’s hobbies include traveling, college and professional sports and sailing.

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Admitted in

  • North Carolina, 1995
  • U.S. District Courts for North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court



  • N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys
    • past president (2008-2009)
  • N.C. Bar Association
    • Board of Governors (2001-2004)
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
    • President (2016)
    • Board of Directors (2008-2009)
  • Wake County Bar Association
    • President (2016)
    • Board of Directors (2008-2009)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
    • North Carolina State Representative (2011-2012)
  • National Bar Association
  • Capital City Lawyers Association
    • President (2014)
  • “Big” – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle


Publications & Presentations


  • George v. Greyhound Lines, Inc., 210 N.C. App. 388, 708 S.E.2d 201 (2011).
  • Progressive American Ins. Co. v. State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co., 184 N.C. App.688, 647 S.E.2d 111 (2007).
  • Rivenbark v. North Carolina Farm Bur. Mut. Ins. Co., Inc., 155 N.C. App. 777, 574 S.E.2d 715 (2003).
  • Penn America Ins. Co. v. Valade, 28 Fed. Appx. 253 (4th Cir., 2002).
  • Dowless v. Kroger Co., 148 N.C. App. 168, 557 S.E.2d 607 (2001).
  • Herring v. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Bd. of Educ., 352 N.C. 673, 545 S.E.2d 423 (2000).
  • Dukes v. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Bd. of Educ., 351 N.C. 102, 540 S.E.2d 357 (1999).
  • Osburn v. Danek Medical, Inc., 352 N.C. 143, 530 S.E. 2d 54 (2000).
  • Griffen v. Lopez, 630 S.E. 2d 742 (N.C. App., 2006).

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