Brad is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice centers on commercial disputes. Trained as a journalist, he focuses on learning his client's story and harnessing it to answer the practical questions that judges, jurors and arbitrators have about an industry or business practice that is most often new to them.
Appearing frequently before the North Carolina Business Court and state and federal courts across the Southeast, Brad handles business litigation and complex disputes that often involve:
- Class action defense
- First Amendment and public records
- Renewable energy development
- Land use and zoning disputes
- Product design, manufacturing and distribution
- Coordination of ADR programs
Over a 30-year career, Brad has guided clients in their responses to major business and litigation trends. In recent years, he has focused on class action and constitutional litigation regarding privacy and free speech issues under federal and state statutes, including the government’s creation and release of public records. That work has included fast-developing issues of proving and applying statutory damage provisions.
Brad also litigates zoning, land use and development issues. He often represents businesses and individuals in appealing adverse decisions on issuance of permits by cities and counties. He has also represented cities and counties in defending their interpretation and application of ordinances, as well as suits alleging discriminatory practices in hiring and promotion.
Well-versed in the policies and rules applicable to renewable energy, Brad also advises and represents solar energy developers before local governments, state commissions and courts.
In litigation involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices and asbestos-containing products, Brad has worked as national, regional and local counsel. These cases have included work on the science and epidemiology related to silicone gel breast implants, and defense of blood products suppliers during the transfusion-associated AIDS crisis. In these settings, Brad has coordinated ADR programs and participated in hundreds of mediations. His experience sparked an interest in being certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, and his current work as a mediator.
Before Fox Rothschild
Brad was a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, which combined with Fox Rothschild in 2018.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Brad has long been involved with the United Way of North Carolina, and has served in multiple leadership roles within the organization, including chair and vice chair of its board of directors. He also served as vice chair of the board of directors of NC 2-1-1, the free, confidential 24-hour information and referral service provided by the United Way of North Carolina.
Honors & Awards
- Selected by his peers as Raleigh Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate (2014)
- Named to "The Best Lawyers in America" list for Product Liability Litigation (2013-2021), Land Use and Zoning Litigation (2014-2021) and Land Use and Zoning Law (2019-2021) in North Carolina by Best Lawyers
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, listed General Litigation (2014-2020)
- Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star (2016-2020)
- Selected by Triangle Business Leader Magazine as a Top 50 Entrepreneur 2012
- Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®