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J. Douglas  Grimes

J. Douglas Grimes


T (704) 384-2624
F (704) 384-2926

Doug is a partner in the firm's Litigation group, where he focuses in the areas of intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, business torts, and other complex civil litigation, with significant trial experience in state and federal courts. He regularly handles intellectual property disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. He also litigates a wide variety of other civil disputes, including products liability, construction, and personal injury claims.  

Doug was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 and 2017 in the field of commercial litigation and was selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list, published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine, in 2011-2013, 2015-2017. He was also included in the 2013-2017 Legal Elite lists, published annually by Business North Carolina magazine.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Commercial Litigation (2016-2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, (2011-2013, 2015-2018), Listed Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Litigation (2013-2016), Intellectual Property (2017, 2018)

Representative Work

  • Lead trial counsel for defendants in bet-the-company trade secret misappropriation lawsuit tried to jury verdict
  • Trial counsel for technology company in trade secret misappropriation and unfair and deceptive trade practices case tried to jury verdict
  • Defended software developer in trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement lawsuit resolved following extensive expedited discovery and several day preliminary injunction hearing
  • Lead trial counsel for property developer in unfair and deceptive trade practices lawsuit tried to verdict
  • Lead counsel for restaurant chain in defense of copyright infringement claims involving client’s advertising and promotional materials
  • Represented plaintiff in multiple trademark infringement cases involving aircraft engine components and labeling
  • Lead counsel for defendant in trademark infringement suit brought by congressionally chartered organization over defendant’s use of “Purple Heart” in connection with its charitable veterans’ assistance programs
  • Lead counsel for telecommunications product supplier in copyright and trade secret litigation involving product firmware
  • Lead counsel for product manufacturer in defense of copyright and trademark infringement claims based on client’s product logos and designs
  • Lead counsel for snack food company in trademark infringement litigation brought by competitor
  • Represented product distributor in false advertising and tortious interference litigation against competitor
  • Represented defendant in trademark litigation arising from its use of “AARP” in promotional materials
  • Lead counsel for home décor product designer and supplier in defense of copyright and trade dress infringement claims brought by competitor
  • Lead counsel for furniture company in defense of copyright infringement claims involving furniture designs
  • Represented construction company in defense of claims for tortious interference and false advertising
  • Lead counsel for national retailer in copyright infringement litigation involving rug designs
  • Represented component manufacturer in several multi-plaintiff lawsuits for catastrophic injuries and deaths resulting from two large plant explosions
  • Represented product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in products liability claims involving industrial equipment, consumer products, medical devices, and prescription drugs
  • Represented private university in claims for alleged hazing incidents resulting in student death
  • Represented clients as lead counsel in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury claims
  • Represented plaintiffs and defendants in contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, contract and business tort disputes

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • Objecting and Responding to Document Requests Under Amended Rule 34, DRI For the Defense, July 2016
  • Identifying and Moving to Strike Untimely Expert Opinions Under FRCP 37, DRI For the Defense, July, 2014
  • Don't Dismiss the Details When Writing an Arbitration Agreement, Business North Carolina, August 2013
  • Defending Civil RICO Claims After Boyle v. United States, DRI For The Defense, February, 2011
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2004
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, B.S., 2001
  • North Carolina
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Justice William Bobbitt Inn & Court

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