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  • 101 North Tryon Street
    Suite 1900
    Charlotte, NC 28246


Robert E. Harrington

Mr. Harrington represents clients in complex business disputes. In recent years, he has focused his practice on (i) the representation of corporate clients in contract and trade practice litigation, (ii) the defense of consumer lenders, (iii) the representation of financial institutions in disputes based on their service as fiduciaries, and (iv) employment-related litigation. He is an active member of the bars of North Carolina, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia, and he has represented clients in lawsuits filed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Virginia, including federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and in arbitration.

Mr. Harrington is also an active participant in bar activities, locally and nationally, having 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 (based in Washington, D.C.).

Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar, President, 2012-13
  • 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 Law (Third) Agency, Advisor, 1997-02
  • 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, 2013-present
  • Levine Museum of the New South, Board of Directors, 2003-12 (Chair, 2008-10)
  • Privatization Advisory Committee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education, Chair, 2011-13 
  • Equity Committee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education, Chair, 2009-10

Professional Recognition

  • Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Lawyers in America, commercial litigation, litigation - banking and finance, 2010-15
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006-14
  • 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