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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, Listed Commercial Litigation, Rising Stars Edition, (2011-2013, 2015, 2016), Intellectual Property Litigation (2017)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Litigation (2013-2016), Intellectual Property (2017)

Representative Work

  • Safety Test & Equipment Company, Inc. v. American Safety Utility Corporation, et al (N.C. Business Court) (trial to jury verdict on defense of claims for trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference with contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices) (2013- 2017)

* 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
  • 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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