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Robert King III

Partner

Overview

Bob King has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of litigation matters and environmental law, and has been widely recognized as a leading litigator and trusted advisor by his clients and peers. Examples of Bob’s experience can be viewed by clicking on the “Experience” tab above. 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.

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); currently PhD candidate at the University of Chicago) and Grace (UNCA BS 2017; WCU BSN 2020), who works as an emergency room nurse.

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. 

Experience

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

Credentials

Honors & Recognitions

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Recognized as a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation for Appellate, Environmental (2020-2021), General Commercial (2019-2021)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law (2007-2021)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law (2007-2021)

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 (2008-2021)

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

Education

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

Admissions

North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th and Federal Circuit

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

Newsroom

News

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

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