Bob's litigation practice includes numerous trials in federal and state court, including matters handled in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Delaware and Tennessee. Bob represents clients on a variety of issues, including toxic tort, shareholders’ disputes and wrongful death

Among Bob’s more notable appellate cases are Curl v. American Multimedia (N.C. App.) and Shavitz v. City of High Point (N.C. App.). In Curl, Bob represented defendants facing multiple toxic tort and groundwater contamination claims. His clients’ success stands as the leading toxic tort decision under North Carolina law. In Shavitz, Bob represented the Guilford County Board of Education in a dispute as to whether local school systems are entitled to the proceeds of fines imposed under “red light camera” laws and ordinances. The victory for the Board of Education resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries for school systems state-wide.

Other successes include a preliminary injunction in federal court preventing the poaching of a client's sales agents, a jury verdict of $6,300,000 against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, a jury verdict for a furniture retailer for wrongful termination of a distributorship agreement, and successful settlement of claims against two clients who had been sued relating to the Duke Lacrosse controversy.

Bob also has extensive experience representing parties in shareholders’ disputes. Recent decisions include a complete victory (including an award of attorneys' fees) in Texas State Court relating to ownership of a 45 percent interest in the defendant corporation, as well as a sweeping preliminary injunction against officers and directors who were accused of corporate malfeasance.

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Bob has extensive experience in the field of environmental law, with years of work involving CERCLA/Superfund, UST, Clean Air Act, asbestos, RCRA, and toxic torts. Bob has worked on environmental matters across the country, including North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, California, Florida, Arkansas, and Ohio. Unlike most practitioners in the environmental field, Bob has considerable experience litigating environmental matters, including in state court, federal court, and in administrative proceedings.

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Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law (2007-2017)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law (2007-2017)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Environmental Law (2006-2008, 2013-2014) and Litigation (2012-2014)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)  in Environmental Law (2008-2017)

Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Environmental Law (2015)

Recognized in Benchmark Litigation (2015); "Future Star" (2016-2017)

Member, Board of Directors, Greensboro Historical Museum

Member, North Carolina State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers

Member, Trial Lawyer's Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers

Director, Greensboro Bar Association

Elder, Fellowship Presbyterian Church

Former Trustee, Greensboro Natural Science Center

Former Member, Environmental Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association

Former Member, Appellate Rules Committee, North Carolina Bar Association

Former Chair and Board Member, Presbyterian Counseling Center

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Speaking Engagements

September 13, 2011

Greensboro Lawyers and the Rights of State Citizenship

Brooks Pierce partner Bob King will present "The Public Education Clause in the Courts Today - The Reach of the 19th Century into the 21st" at the symposium and continuing legal education seminar on October 19 at the Greensboro Historical Museum. For detailed information on the event and how to...Read more

Recognitions

Thirty-nine Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
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Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 26 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015...(read more)
The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 48 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
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Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 27 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2014...(read more)
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The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© recognized 46 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Seven Brooks Pierce practice areas and 15 of the firm’s attorneys are ranked among the best in...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the “Legal Elite,” lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 39 lawyers, representing 46% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 46 lawyers were...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2013 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the "Legal Elite," lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 45 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2012 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 38 lawyers, representing 43% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 34 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2011 edition of Chambers...(read more)
The Best Lawyers in America Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2009 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Three attorneys recognized in "Top 100" North Carolina Super Lawyers Brooks Pierce is pleased to...(read more)
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