Blakely is in the firm’s Litigation Section and is the chair of the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice Group.  Blakely’s practice focuses on representing clients in complex, commercial litigation and healthcare litigation, in federal and state courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. Her experience includes the representation of clients of various sizes in disputes involving breach of contract, business torts, fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, products liability, and certificate of need.  In this experience, Blakely has represented local, regional, national, and international clients in various industries. 

Blakely received a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University. She received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, where she was a Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant, a member of the Loyola University School of Law Moot Court, and of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court.  Blakely is admitted to practice in North Carolina, California, and Louisiana, including all federal courts in North Carolina and Louisiana, the Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Blakely began her career at Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana, before moving to Palo Alto, California, where she practiced with DLA Piper.  Immediately prior to joining the firm, Blakely was Of Counsel in the Raleigh office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Recipient, Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award (2011)
  • Recipient, DLA Piper US LLP Pro Bono Award (2006)
  • Listed among Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite: Appellate Law (2021)
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member: Appellate Practice, Litigation, and Health Law Sections
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • California State Bar
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • E-Discovery Pitfalls: Cell Phone Retention Settings Can Lead to Sanctions for Spoliation of Evidence, NCBA Litigation Section Blog, March 2020
  • "Knock, Knock: How to Answer if the Government Comes Calling", Notes Bearing Interest, Business Law Section Newsletter, North Carolina Bar Association, Vol. 35, No. 3, June 2014