Bio

Blakely is in the firm’s Litigation and Healthcare sections and is the chair of the firm’s Appellate Litigation Practice Group.  Her litigation practice focuses on prosecuting and defending complex litigation cases, including commercial and healthcare-related disputes.  Her litigation experience includes representing clients in trial and appellate courts in disputes involving contracts, business torts, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets and intellectual property, products liability, certificate of need, and Medicaid regulation.  She has tried bench trials and has argued before various North Carolina courts, including the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Blakely’s healthcare practice focuses on representing clients in both internal and government-initiated investigations, interpreting and advising on compliance with healthcare-related laws and regulations, and reviewing and negotiating various types of agreements.  In addition, Blakely regularly counsels healthcare and non-healthcare clients on a wide variety of contracts, federal and state laws and regulations, and responding to various types of government investigations.  Her clients cover numerous substantive areas and include local, regional, national and international companies from the healthcare, biotechnology, biopharma, manufacturing and agricultural industries. 

Blakely received her 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 and a member of Moot Court and of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court.  Blakely is admitted to practice in North Carolina, California, and Louisiana, including all state and federal courts in North Carolina and Louisiana, the Northern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to joining the firm, Blakely was Of Counsel in the Raleigh office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Listed among Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite: Appellate Law (2021, 2022)
  • Recipient, Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. Pro Bono Award (2011)
  • Recipient, DLA Piper US LLP Pro Bono Award (2006)
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member: Appellate Practice, Litigation, and Health Law Sections
  • California State Bar
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
  • Obtained summary judgment on million dollar breach of contract dispute and successfully defended judgment on two levels of appeal.
  • Successfully secured a settlement for a client on a case involving claims of breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, and indemnification resulting in a favorable $8.75 million swing.
  • Successfully negotiated early terminations of multi-year, high-dollar contracts on behalf of numerous clients avoiding costly litigation.
  • Represented a regional healthcare system in investigating and self-reporting billing errors to various payers.
  • Represented a regional hospital in investigating and successfully responding to alleged EMTALA violations.
  • Successfully represented a healthcare practice in a whistleblower action that alleged improper billing of TRICARE.
  • 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