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Kip D. Nelson

Kip D. Nelson

Senior Associate

T (336) 378-5206/(919) 755-8849
F (336) 433-7443

Kip Nelson is a member of the firm's Litigation group.  His experience includes matters involving intellectual property, products liability, employment discrimination, breach of contract, and subrogation actions.

In addition, Kip has an active appellate practice in both state and federal appellate courts.  He has argued before the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  Aside from various litigation matters, he regularly represents criminal defendants on appeal by appointment under the Criminal Justice Act and is also active in the state’s appellate guardian ad litem program, serving as appellate counsel on behalf of abused and neglected children.  Kip is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee and is the current CLE Committee Chair for the Appellate Practice Section.  He is also a frequent contributor to the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog,, which provides news, information, tips, and resources for practicing law in North Carolina's state and federal appellate courts.

Outside of work, Kip enjoys singing with the Bel Canto Company and composing music in his spare time.  He is also a current member of the Leadership Greensboro Class of 2018 and serves as a preceptor for Elon Law School.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Appellate (2017, 2018)

Representative Work

  • Ballard v. Shelley, -- N.C. App. --, -- S.E.2d --, 2018 WL 708761 (2018)
  • McDowell v. Randolph Cty., -- N.C. App. --, 808 S.E.2d 513 (2017)
  • Rigby v. Philip Morris USA Inc., -- F. App’x --, 2017 WL 4772428 (11th Cir. 2017)
  • King v. CMH Homes, Inc., No. 5:16-CV-693-D, 2017 WL 3037479 (E.D.N.C. June 21, 2017), adopted by 2017 WL 3034269 (E.D.N.C. July 17, 2017)
  • In re L.H., No. COA16-1294, 2017 WL 2950880 (N.C. Ct. App. July 5, 2017)
  • Ernst v. N. Am. Co. for Life & Health Ins., 245 F. Supp. 3d 680 (M.D.N.C. 2017)
  • Jackson v. Minn. Life Ins. Co., 275 F. Supp. 3d 712 (E.D.N.C. 2017)
  • Bizzarro v. Cty. of Ashe, No. COA16-211, 2017 WL 490474 (N.C. Ct. App. Feb. 7, 2017)
  • Eli Global, LLC v. Heavner, -- N.C. App. --, -- S.E.2d -- (2016)
  • Davidson Cty. Broad. Co. v. Iredell Cty., -- N.C. App. --, 790 S.E.2d 663 (2016)
  • Ribelin v. Creel, 368 N.C. 793, 783 S.E.2d 733 (2016)
  • In re J.E.J., No. COA15-616, 2015 WL 7729712 (N.C. Ct. App. Dec. 1, 2015)
  • Tay v. U.S. Dep’t of Educ., No. 1:14CV468, 2015 WL 862392 (M.D.N.C. Feb. 27, 2015)
  • Nguyen v. Am. United Life Ins. Co., No. 1:14CV687, 2015 WL 540565 (M.D.N.C. Feb. 10, 2015)
  • In re J.R., No. COA13-1019, 2014 WL 1797508 (N.C. Ct. App. May 6, 2014)
  • In re S.S., No. COA13-420, 2013 WL 4460112 (N.C. Ct. App. Aug. 20, 2013)
  • Livesay v. Carolina First Bank, No. COA12-1177, 2013 WL 3049113 (N.C. Ct. App. June 18, 2013)
  • Lawyers Paralegal Training Programs, LLC v. Guilford Coll., No. COA12-805, 2013 WL 432646 (N.C. Ct. App. Feb. 5, 2013)

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

Thought Leadership


Published Works

  • Posts on the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog
  • "Legislative Expansion of Judicial Bifurcation: North Carolina’s Double-Edged Sword," Campbell Law Review, Volume 36, Issue 2 North Carolina 2014
  • The Misuse of Abuse: Restricting Evidence of Battered Child Syndrome (forthcoming in Law & Contemp. Probs. 2011)
  • Empowering the Sentencing Commission: A Different Resolution to the Cocaine Sentencing Drama, 38 Rutgers L. Rec., Jan. 17, 2011.


  • “State Court Appeal Crash Course” (Feb. 2018) (with Justice Bob Edmunds)
  • “The Role of Effective Amicus Briefs” (Sept. 2017) (with Tillman Breckenridge)
  • “Managing Unemployment Claims” (Sept. 2017) (with Patti Ramseur and Olivia Fajen)
  • “Party Motions” (Aug. 2017)
  • “Post-Modern Pre-Trial Practice” (June 2017) (with Whit Pierce)
  • “Tips for the Trade: How to Make Your Appeals More Appealing” (Sept. 2016) (co-planner with Allegra Collins)
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., Psychology, magna cum laude, 2007
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2010
  • Duke University, LL.M., Law and Entrepreneurship, 2011
  • North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2015
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2016
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018
Academic Honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • Highest GPA in graduating class,
  • Moot Court Board
  • Winner of the Dean's Cup Moot Court competition
  • Regional finalist in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Articles Editor for Law and Contemporary Problems

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