With an extensive trial résumé, Brian centers his practice on insurance coverage analysis and litigationinsurance bad faith and extra-contractual litigationinsurance regulatory matters including representation of the North Carolina Rate Bureau and the North Carolina Reinsurance Facility, the defense of transportation liability claims involving large commercial trucks and buses, medical negligence cases and products liability litigation. Brian has litigated cases to verdict in many state courts and all three federal districts in North Carolina. He has handled appeals in both state and federal appellate courts and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court. His trial experience also includes 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, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, the Capital City Lawyers Association, and has served on the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers  and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the International Society of Barristers..

Brian is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation-Insurance (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and in North Carolina Super Lawyers® in the area of Transportation (2010-2017). He is also recognized by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals for excellence in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution and holds an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

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

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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

Achievements

Activities

  • 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

Milestones

  • 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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