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Robert King III



Bob King has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of litigation and environmental matters, and has been widely recognized as a leading litigator and trusted advisor by clients and peers. Representative examples of Bob’s work can be found in the "Experience" tab. Bob also serves as the Firm's General Counsel and previously served as the Chair of the Firm’s Associates Committee.

Bob has been honored by election as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bob has extensive trial experience in state and federal proceedings, administrative actions, and arbitrations. In addition, Bob has argued appeals before the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals (many times), as well as the federal Fourth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits and the Texas Court of Appeals.

Extensive community involvement includes serving as an Elder at Fellowship Presbyterian Church and serving multiple terms as the Chair and President of the Presbyterian Counseling Center, in addition to service on other boards and direct volunteer work.

Since 1987, Bob has been married to Julie Davis (Duke (BA 1982); Wake Forest (JD 1986)). Julie and Bob are blessed with children who, coincidentally, are two of the best people who have ever existed: Rhyne (Duke BA 2014; University of Chicago PhD 2021), a Lecturer at St Andrews University (the one in Scotland), and Grace (UNCA BS 2017; WCU BSN 2020), a Registered Nurse and doctoral student at Duke University.

My Practices

  • Bob has extensive litigation experience- including numerous trials- in federal court, state Superior Court, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings.  Areas of substantial experience include corporate/shareholder disputes, wrongful death actions (representing both plaintiffs and defendants), enforcement of restrictive covenants, toxic tort, employment disputes, breach of contract actions, and eminent domain. Bob serves as outside counsel for major insurance marketing organizations, one of the oldest furniture companies in North Carolina, one of the state’s major mining companies, a large transportation and logistics company, and the only RCRA (TSD) operator in the Triad.

  • Bob has represented businesses, individuals, and governmental bodies throughout the United States in a broad variety of environmental matters, including Superfund and other inactive hazardous waste sites, RCRA, UST, toxic tort, groundwater contamination, and Clean Air Act matters. 

    Unlike most environmental law practitioners, Bob has extensive experience litigating environmental disputes, appearing in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings. 

    Bob also regularly advises both buyers and sellers regarding how environmental conditions and laws affect the use and value of property. 


Notable Litigation cases and experiences (with some examples linked) include the following:


Honors & Recognitions

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Recognized as a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" (2024)

Recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation for Appellate, Environmental (2020-2023), General Commercial (2019-2023)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law (2007-2023)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law (2007-2024), Environmental Law (Greensboro Lawyer of the Year 2023)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Environmental Law (2006-2008, 2013-2014, 2024) and Litigation (2012-2014, 2022)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Environmental Law (2008-2024)

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


Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1988, magna cum laude; Articles Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 1987-88

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, B.A., 1984


North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th, D.C., and Federal Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina



Speaking Engagements

Professional & Civic

Professional & Civic Activities

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

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

Past Director, Greensboro Bar Association

Elder, Fellowship Presbyterian Church

Past Member, Board of Directors, Greensboro Historical Museum

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

  • 1
    1 time lived with Ezra Pound’s daughter; still don’t understand "The Cantos"
  • 2
    2 kids: Dr. Rhyne King, a professor of ancient history, and Grace King, a Registered Nurse and doctoral student
  • 3+
    Centuries that my family has lived in North Carolina
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