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  • 101 North Tryon Street
    Suite 1900
    Charlotte, NC 28246


Robert E. Harrington

Rob Harrington represents clients in complex business disputes. In recent years, he has focused his practice on the representation of corporate clients in contract and trade practice litigation, the defense of consumer lenders, the representation of financial institutions in disputes based on their service as fiduciaries, and employment-related litigation. He has represented clients in lawsuits filed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia, including in arbitration and federal, state and bankruptcy courts.

Rob has been a presenter in a variety of continuing legal education programs and other seminars, including:

  • Participating trial attorney, “A Day in the Courtroom: Observation of a Mock Trade Secrets Trial,” 2014 North Carolina Bar Association Litigation Section Annual Meeting, June 19, 2014
  • Panelist, “Preparing Lawyers for Tomorrow’s Profession: The Future is at Hand,” North Carolina Bar Association, September 10, 2010
  • Presenter, “Direct Examination: Getting Your Story Across,” All-Star Trial Advocacy 2009, Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Legal Education Series, January 30, 2009

An active participant in local and national bar activities, Rob has served in various capacities, including as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar and as co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, President, 2012-13
  • North Carolina State Bar, Authorized Practice Committee, 2015; Grievance Committee, 2014
  • North Carolina Business Court, Advisory Rules Committee, 2015
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors, 1998-present; Co-Chair, 2005-07
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc., Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Duke Law School, Board of Visitors, 2006-present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2011-present
  • American Law Institute, Member, 1995-present
  • Restatement of the Law (Third) Agency, Advisor, 1997-2002
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2010-present; member of Complex Commercial Litigation Institute, 2014-present
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1987-88

Community Involvement

  • Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • The Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust, Board of Directors, 2008-12; 2013-present
  • TreesCharlotte, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Levine Museum of the New South, Board of Directors, 2003-12; Chair, 2008-10

Professional Recognition

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, litigation - banking and finance, 2010-16; Charlotte Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006-15
  • 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