skip to content
Timothy P. Lendino

Timothy P. Lendino

Senior Associate

T (704) 384-2671
F (704) 384-2931

Tim Lendino is a member of Smith Moore Leatherwood's Litigation Practice Group. Tim's practice focuses primarily on commercial disputes and complex business litigation. He represents companies and individuals in a variety of disputes involving commercial contracts, business torts, unfair competition, corporate governance, securities, intellectual property, trade secrets, and complex insurance coverage. Tim also has experience defending businesses in class action lawsuits.

Tim has experience litigating in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.  He has also arbitrated disputes through the American Arbitration Association.

Tim is especially experienced in litigation before the North Carolina Business Court. Prior to joining the firm, Tim served as a law clerk for the Honorable John R. Jolly, Jr. at the North Carolina Business Court. Recently, Tim served as vice-chair of a committee appointed by the North Carolina Business Court to review and revise the Business Court Rules. Tim also serves on the Section Council for the Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Since 2015, Tim has been recognized consistently by the North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine in the Business Litigation practice area. Tim has also been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Business Litigation (2015-2018)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Young Guns (2018)
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society 2017

Representative Work

  • Richey Brothers Trucking, LLC v. West Coast Distributing, Inc., et al. (W.D.N.C.) (2016-2017) (representation of transportation company in dispute involving alleged contractual breaches and business torts)
  • Saia, Inc. v. Lexmark Enterprise Software, LLC (Kansas District Court) (2016-2017) (prosecution of breach of contract and business tort action arising from software development agreement)
  • Trapp v. SunTrust Bank (M.D.N.C., Fourth Circuit) (2015-2017) (defense of putative class action alleging violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act in consumer loan processing)
  • Belt-Tech Products, Inc. v. DuraFiber Technologies (DFT), Inc., et al. (N.C. Super. Ct.) (2017) (prosecution of injunctive relief arising out of alleged breach of supply agreement)
  • Washington v. Trinity Industries, Inc. & Trinity Highway Products, LLC (M.D.N.C.) (2015-2017) (defense of product liability action alleging personal injuries from Trinity's ET-Plus guardrail end terminal system)
  • In re Estate of Eleanor Breedlove (S.C. Common Pleas) (2014-2017) (representation of trustee in multi-million dollar trust and estate dispute)
  • Custom Polymers PET, LLC v. Gamma Meccanica, SpA et al. (D.S.C.) (2015-2016) (prosecution of anti-suit injunction in international breach of contract dispute preventing Italian lawsuit from going forward and prosecuted claims)
  • Celgard, LLC v. LG Chem, Ltd. (W.D.N.C.) (2014-2015) (prosecution of claims for patent infringement and various business torts arising out of supplier relationship in the lithium ion battery industry)
  • Clark Material Handling Company v. Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. (W.D.N.C.) (2015) (trial to jury verdict in case involving unfair competition, tortious interference with contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices between competitive nationwide forklift manufacturers)
  • Reittinger v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Company (M.D.N.C.) (2013-2015) (defense of class action claims involving alleged misrepresentations regarding tax consequences of an investment product)
  • BV Retail, LLC v. Donnelly (W.D.N.C.) (2013) (trial to jury verdict in case involving the defense of breach of guaranty agreement for a commercial lease)
  • Daimler Trucks North America and Thomas Built Buses, Inc. v. Hydro Aluminum North America, Inc. v. A&E Powder Coating, Ltd. (M.D.N.C.) (2012-2014) (defense of breach of warranty and unfair and deceptive trade practice claims related to Hydro Aluminum’s manufacture of bus doors that were installed on Thomas Built Buses that are the subject of a nationwide recall and prosecution of third-party claims against painter of bus doors)


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable John R. Jolly, Jr., North Carolina Business Court, 2011-2012

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

Thought Leadership

Published Works


  • The New N.C. Business Court Rules, Mecklenburg County Bar Association’s Annual North Carolina Business Court CLE (Charlotte, NC, May 6, 2016)
  • Update on Business Court Rules and Business Court Modernization Act; North Carolina Bar Association Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Section CLE and Annual Meeting (Cary, N.C., February 11, 2016)
  • Using Referees or Special Masters as Alternatives to Arbitration Clauses, Association of Corporate Counsel – Charlotte Chapter (Charlotte, N.C., October 12, 2015)
  • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., History and Political Science, with distinction, 2008
  • North Carolina, 2011
  • South Carolina, 2013
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District 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 District Court, District of South Carolina
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute Litigation Section)
    • YLD Pro Bono Committee, 2014
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Commercial Litigation Section)
Academic Honors
  • Editorial Board member, Campbell Law Review
  • National Moot Court Team
  • ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award
  • Legal Research and Writing Scholar
  • Order of Old Kivett

Each of our lawyer's e-mail address is provided with his or her biography. If you are not a current client of our firm, you should not e-mail our lawyers with any confidential information or any information about a specific legal matter, given that our firm may presently represent persons or companies who have interests that are adverse to you. If you are not a current client and you e-mail any lawyer in our firm, you do so without any expectation of confidentiality. We will not establish a professional relationship with you via e-mail. Instead, you should contact our firm by telephone so that we can determine whether we are in a position to consult with you about any legal matters before you share any confidential or sensitive information with us.