North Carolina Local Trial Counsel

Looking for Local Trial Counsel in North Carolina?

You may be an out-of-state attorney looking for North Carolina Local Trial Counsel so that you can practice pro hac vice in a North Carolina State Court or as a special appearance attorney in the EDNC or MDNC. On the other hand, you may be a North Carolina business transaction or corporate attorney who doesn’t usually handle litigation.

In either case, you want aggressive North Carolina Trial Counsel who will make you look like a Superstar and will Help You Help Your Client.

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Our Co-Counsel Tell Us . . .

Recently one of our out-of-state co-counsel associated us as North Carolina Local Trial Counsel on a business litigation case for her client in California, and shared these kind words:

Criminal Defense, Family Law & Bankruptcy Attorney Cira Duffe“We are very happy to have associated Inez as Raleigh local trial counsel. She has dug in and litigated the case right alongside us.”

Cira Duffe
Missouri Trial Attorney

Additional Attorneys’ Testimonials include:

Testimonial, recommendation, review of Inez de Ondarza Simmons by fellow trial attorney“I have worked along side Inez, so I knew she was competent to handle my case, and I trusted her with something that was personal to me.”

Mary Gurganus
Fellow Raleigh Trial Attorney

“Not long ago I associated Inez on an LLC member dispute involving large real estate holdings here in the Triangle. When the case got complicated, Inez dug in, removed the case to Federal Court, and got a great result for my client, who was very happy.”

Kellie Gonzalez
North Carolina Real Estate Closing Attorney

The Raleigh DWI Lawyer“I worked closely with Inez on a complicated Superior Court case in which we represented the same client. Inez aggressively defended our client, and she was exceedingly well-organized. Her legal writing and oral argument persuaded the Court to rule in our client’s favor on a serious evidentiary issue central to the case.”

John McWilliam
Raleigh Trial Attorney

Please feel free to browse the full-text testimonials and the articles below.

Please Note: The cases, testimonials, and endorsements listed illustrate some of the matters handled by the firm. Of course, they do not reflect all of the feedback the firm has received. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Additional Resources for Our Out-of-State and Transaction-Attorney Co-Counsel

Below are some additional resources we offer for our existing and potential co-counsel, including articles and forms on

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New Wake County Local Rules

January 10, 2013

Effective January 7, 2013, Wake County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens and Wake County Trial Court Administrator Kristen Fetter adopted new Wake County Local Rules for Civil Cases here in the 10th Judicial District. New Provisions in the Wake County Local Rules The current local rules include new provisions for Case Management Orders […]

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New Wake County Local Rules for Eminent Domain Cases

December 18, 2012

Rules of the Road and Getting to Just Compensation In addition to the statutes in North Carolina, cases, and the general Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules for each judicial district can play a critical role in eminent domain cases in North Carolina. That is true regardless of whether it is the NCDOT, a […]

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EDNC Special Appearance Attorneys’ Toolbox

November 4, 2012

When out-of-state attorneys associate us as Local Civil Rule 83.1 Counsel here in the EDNC, our job is to make them look great. We want our out-of-state co-counsel to quickly become completely comfortable with all of the EDNC local rules, preferences, and practices.  So, the day we are hired as local counsel in an EDNC […]

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Special Appearance Attorney in EDNC?

June 8, 2012

You need to appear for your client in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (the “EDNC”), but you have not been admitted generally to the EDNC, nor can you, because you are not a member of the North Carolina State Bar. How to appear “pro hac vice” in EDNC […]

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Appearing “Pro Hac Vice” in the Eastern District of North Carolina

May 29, 2012

Need to appear in the EDNC but not an NC State Bar Member? Someone may have sued your client in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (the “EDNC”), or your client may need to file a case in the EDNC. Either way, the clock is ticking; your deadline to respond […]

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Wake County Clerk of Court and Wake County Register of Deeds update Wake County Real Estate Attorneys

November 16, 2011
real estate dispute eminent domain adverse possession judicial partition judicial sale, boundary dispute, commercial breach of lease in North Carolina

This week, Wake County Clerk of Court Lorrin Freeman and Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick both gave presentations at the same meeting of the Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association. They each gave a short talk about their respective offices and recent changes in North Carolina real estate law, complete with very helpful handouts. […]

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New Wake County Trial Court Administrator

September 16, 2011
New Wake County Trial Court Administrator Kristen Fetter

Kristen Fetter appointed as Wake County Trial Court Administrator Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens recently appointed Kristen Fetter as the new Trial Court Administrator for the 10th Judicial District of North Carolina (the “Wake County Trial Court Administrator” or “Wake County TCA”). Ms. Fetter is an attorney who worked as a Judicial […]

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New Statute Makes Attorneys’ Fees Provisions in Business Contracts Enforceable

August 2, 2011
Elements of new statute that allows attorneys' fees in business disputes

In North Carolina, the general rule is that a prevailing party cannot recover attorney’s fees unless there is a statute that says otherwise. Many people do not realize that this has been the rule even for breach of contract claims in which the contract itself called for the award of attorney’s fees. As the North […]

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Correctly Naming Business Entity Defendants in Business Litigation Complaints

July 27, 2011
Correctly Naming Business Entity Defendants

Correctly naming business entities in a complaint is key. Otherwise, you can blow the statute of limitations as to the actual, responsible party.

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