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Bradley M. Risinger

Bradley M. Risinger


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Brad Risinger litigates and tries commercial disputes.  Trained as a journalist, he focuses on "learning a client's story" and using it to answer the practical questions judges, jurors and arbitrators have about an industry or business practice which is most often new to them.

Brad's work on business litigations and complex contract disputes regularly brings him before the North Carolina Business Court. In product liability settings he focuses on product defect, design and manufacturing issues, as well as pharmaceutical products, services and medical device claims. His frequent work with municipal consideration of land use and zoning matters focuses on direct appeals to Superior Court. Brad also regularly works on issues related to the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), and its interaction with state public records laws. He also handles complex civil matters for municipal clients, as well as multi-party environmental cases, including CERCLA cost recovery issues for waste generators and alleged arranger/disposer transactions.

Brad has served as national, regional, and local counsel in multi-jurisdiction, multi-plaintiff litigations, and been responsible for coordinating discovery, trial preparation, and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in hundreds of cases. He is also certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator.

Brad serves on the United Way of North Carolina Board of Directors, and has served terms as its chair and vice-chair. In 2014, he also chaired the Board's search committee to select a new President/CEO.  He also sits on the Board of Directors for NC 2-1-1, and serves as its vice chair.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • Selected by his peers as Raleigh Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate (2014)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Product Liability Litigation (2013-2018); Land Use and Zoning Litigation (2014-2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed General Litigation (2014-2018)  
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star (2016-2018)
  • Selected by Triangle Business Leader Magazine as a Top 50 Entrepreneur 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


Representative Work

Business Litigation

  • Lead counsel for law firm defendants in class action alleging violations of Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) for use of public records
  • Represented plaintiffs' law firm in multi-year dispute over attorneys' fees from nationwide discrimination class action, including service as lead counsel in two AAA arbitrations
  • Defended software company in dispute over licensing fees and industry usage of contracting terms at federal trial and appellate levels
  • Represented international agriculture machinery manufacturer in Business Court dispute over financing agreements and transactional accounting practices
  • Counsel for start-up medical device company in technology ownership dispute with affiliated physician
  • Represented numerous North Carolina hospitals in government investigation of accounting and billing practices
  • Represented potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in connection with clean up of a New England landfill, and a PCB-contaminated site in North Carolina

Product Liability

  • Served as southeastern regional coordinating counsel for a medical device manufacturer, with direct responsibility for coordinating litigation activities in numerous states and mediation/settlement work in hundreds of cases
  • Defense of design, manufacture and use of specialized trucks to contain and transport hazardous substances in support of semiconductor facility
  • Defense of engineering design and project management for a municipal wastewater treatment facility
  • Represented hospital client in multiple litigations regarding contaminated products provided by a compounding pharmacy
  • Defended multiple litigations involving the design, manufacture and distribution of commercial roofing systems
  • Defense of catastrophic fire litigations involving chemical explosions and allegedly defective machinery
  • Coordinating counsel for defense of asbestos claims in North Carolina and Georgia for a major manufacturer of commercial roofing products

Land Use and Zoning

  • Represented solar farm developer in Superior Court appeal of conditional use permit denial by city
  • Represented bank and development interests in challenge to denial of development proposal as inconsistent with Planned Development District rules
  • Represented special use permit holder, at trial and on appeal, over issues related to restrictive covenants and municipal authority
  • Counsel for developer in Business Court dispute over obligations of an infrastructure development agreement.


  • Defense of county defendants, through summary judgment, on unlawful termination, whistleblower and tortious interference with contact claims
  • Defense of municipal ordinance setting minimum health and safety standards for rental housing units from federal and state constitutional challenges
  • Represent city in constitutional challenge by abortion opponents of ordinance regulating protest activities
  • Defense of county in dispute over approval process for extensive mixed-use development with complex zoning and environmental issues

Reported Decisions

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

Thought Leadership


March 11, 2011
Instant Runoff Voting, SML Perspectives

Published Works

  • "Springsteen & Family Rock Raleigh,", April 26, 2014
  • "Springsteen's 'Session on the Recession' in Greensboro,", March 20, 2012
  • "Federal Judicial Selection: Make Process Bipartisan", The National Law Journal, Oct. 9, 2006, at 22.
  • "Bush v. Gore, One Time Before", (reviewing William H. Rehnquist, Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876 (2004)) Legal Times May 2004.
  • "After More Than Laughs", (reviewing Al Franken, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2003)) Legal Times October 2003.
  • "Crimes of War", (reviewing Blaine Kerr, Wrongful Death (2002)) Legal Times September 2002.
  • "Politicians Are People Too, Sort Of", (reviewing Joe Klein, The Running Mate (2000)) Legal Times June 2000.
  • "Self-Portrait of a Soldier and Son", (reviewing John McCain, Faith of My Fathers (1999)) Legal Times October 1999.
  • Co-Author, "Pick a Number, Take a Seat: A Guide to Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions", For The Defense, September 1998, at 30-34.
  • "Will the Ballot Beat the Bullet?", (reviewing Tina Rosenberg, Children of Cain: Violence and The Violent in Latin America (1991)) Legal Times November 1991.
  • Brad's work also has appeared in Newsweek, the St. Petersburg Times and The Chicago Tribune.


  • United Way of North Carolina Board of Directors: President/CEO search committee chair (2014); Board chair (2012-13); Board vice chair, and co-chair of Public Policy Committee (2010-11)
  • Indiana University, B.A., with high distinction, 1986
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1990
  • Pennsylvania, 1990
  • North Carolina, 1996
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2011
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute; Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • American Bar Association
Academic Honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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