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 contract disputes, unfair competition, inverse condemnation, 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 (2007-2018)

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

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