The North Carolina Business Court is a division of the North Carolina General Courts of Justice that hears cases from across North Carolina’s 100 counties. It has been developing a body of complex case-law at the trial court level since 1996. The Business Court is regularly assigned cases involving, among other things, officers’ and directors’ conduct, corporate ownership, shareholders’ rights, partnerships, securities law, antitrust and unfair competition law, trademark and intellectual property law, the internet and biotechnology. The Business Court is also the first level of judicial review in contested tax cases. The Business Court Bench is comprised of four Special Superior Court Judges for complex business cases who are knowledgeable and experienced in the wide array of issues confronted by both publicly traded and closely held companies.
The Smith Moore Leatherwood North Carolina Business Court Team is well-versed in the practices, procedures and precedent of the North Carolina Business Court, important decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery, and our federal courts. The Business Court rules, which are distinct from North Carolina’s state and federal courts’ rules, can be difficult to successfully navigate for those inexperienced with the Court. With lawyers regularly appearing before the Business Court, Smith Moore Leatherwood has the capability and experience to help our clients succeed in the Business Court no matter the issue in controversy. Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Business Court Team, which includes seasoned litigators and former Business Court Clerks, has the in-depth experience necessary to make the Business Court venue work to our clients’ advantage.