An Attorney's Guide to the North Carolina Business Court:  Navigating North Carolina's Specialized Forum for Complex Civil Litigation


Sponsored in conjunction with the MCB Civil Litigation, Business Law and Corporate Counsel Sections


Friday, May 17, 2013 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Hilton Charlotte Center City


CLE Credit:

 3.75 Total Hours (2.75 General + 1.0 Ethics)



$260 Attorney Rate + Luncheon/$225 CLE Only

$235 Attorney Rate Member of MCB Sponsoring Section Rate + Luncheon/$200 CLE Only

$145 Paralegal Rate + Luncheon/$110 CLE Only

$75 General Public Rate + Luncheon/$50 CLE Only  

$35 Luncheon Only



Hilton Charlotte Center City

222 East Third Street

Charlotte, NC 28202


Special Info:

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Registration

8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CLE Presentation

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Break

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Luncheon/Keynote Address


Program Planners: 

The North Carolina Business Court - Charlotte; James C. Smith, Nexsen Pruet, PLLC, Chair, MCB Civil Litigation Section; and Katherine A. Tenfelde, Robinson Elliott & Smith, Vice-Chair, MCB Civil Litigation Section


This CLE will provide a rare "behind the curtains" look at the North Carolina Business Court, the State's specialized forum for complex civil litigation.  The CLE is tailored to meet the needs of both experienced Business Court litigators ("frequent flyers") and general practitioners evaluating whether the Business Court is the right forum for litigating their cases.


8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. An Introduction to the NC Business Court

The Honorable Calvin E. Murphy, Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases, North Carolina Business Court (Charlotte)


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Overview of the NCBC Local Rules: Why the Rules are Important, the Most Significant Rules for Practitioners to Know & How the Local Rules are Interpreted

James R. Fox, Bell Davis & Pitt, P.A. (Winston-Salem)


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Business Court Designation Pros and Cons: What Gets in the Door, Who Benefits & Why?

Mark Kurdys, Roberts & Stevens, P.A. (Asheville); Sara Lincoln, Lincoln Derr, PLLC (Charlotte); John R. Wester, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. (Charlotte) and Mark Wilson, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC (Charlotte)


10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break


10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Case Law Update: A Review of the Court's Recent Opinions

Douglas W. Ey, Jr., McGuireWoods, LLP (Charlotte)


10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Professionalism in the Business Court


Part I: Professionalism for Litigation Counsel

E. Fitzgerald Parnell III, Poyner & Spruill, LLP (Charlotte)


Part II: Ethical Communications with Court Staff: Senior Law Clerks and the Court's TCA Will Discuss the Nuances of Professionalism as it Applies to Day-to-Day Communications Between Counsel and the Court

John D. Noor, Law Clerk, North Carolina Business Court (Charlotte); Christina L. Rutan, Trial Court Administrator, North Carolina Business Court (Raleigh); Elizabeth L. Winters, Law Clerk, North Carolina Business Court (Greensboro)


11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Short Q&A - All Speakers


12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Networking Break


12:30 p.m. -  2:30 p.m. The Role of the Business Court in North Carolina's Economy: Luncheon and Keynote Address

Featuring current and former Business Court Judges, Governor Pat McCrory's Legal Counsel and other special guests immediately following the CLE. 



Download Registration form here and return via:

Fax: 704/333-6209

Mail: 438 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

Phone: 704/375-8624