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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, fraud, 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.  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.  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.

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

Representative Work

  • 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.
  • 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
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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