Bio

PJ focuses his practice on complex commercial and civil litigation and regularly represents clients at both trial and appeal. PJ has tried both jury and bench trials in North Carolina courts, has tried cases before the American Arbitration Association and the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings, and has argued before the North Carolina Business Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. His commercial practice includes defending companies against class action claims as well as representing both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving contractual disputes, intra-corporate disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary duty, and derivative claims. PJ’s clients cover a wide array of substantive areas and include companies from the financial services, health care, emerging growth, and franchise industries.  PJ also represents individuals in trust and estate matters, including but not limited to will/trust disputes and real property disputes.

PJ received his J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a member of the Order of the Coif, and is a published member of the North Carolina Law Review. PJ is admitted to practice before all state courts in North Carolina, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Listed among Benchmark Litigation “Future Stars” (2015-2019)
  • Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” Business Litigation (2012, 2013, 2015-2019)
  • Listed among Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite: Young Guns (2015-2018); Litigation (2019)
  • Graduate and Class Speaker, Leadership Raleigh, 2016
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Raleigh Moravian Church, Board Member
  • Obtained $1.2 million jury trial verdict after two-week trial related to illegal conversion of business funds by a secured creditor
  • Obtained $12 million judgment against digital competitor involving disputing trademark claims
  • Negotiated multi-million dollar complex franchisor/franchisee settlement that resulted in litigation avoidance, reversal of franchise termination, and rights for franchisee to open four additional locations
  • Obtained summary judgment in multi-million dollar breach of contract dispute
  • Obtained summary judgment and successfully defended judgment on appeal regarding landowner dispute thereby guaranteeing access to landlocked property
  • Obtained summary judgment and successfully defended judgment on appeal regarding employee discrimination claims
  • Taylor v. Perni, — N.C App. —, 829 S.E.2d 240 (2019)
  • Town of Carrboro v. Slack, — N.C. App. —, 820 S.E.2d 527 (2018)
  • Pure Body Studios, LLC v. Crnalic, 2017 NCBC 96 (2017)
  • SCA-Blue Ridge, LLC v. WakeMed, 2016 WL 54924 (N.C. Sup. Ct. 2016)
  • Rodgers v. Waste Industries Inc., 553 Fed. Appx. 332 (4th Cir. 2014)
  • Variety Wholesalers, Inc. v. Salem Logistics Traffic Services, LLC,723 S.E.2d 744 (N.C. 2012)
  • Kight’s Medical Corp. v. Pickett, 722 S.E.2d 212 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Moten v. Warren Unilube, Inc., 2012 WL 265138 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • Moten v. Warren Unilube, Inc., 2011 WL 2469850 (E.D. Ark. 2011)

 

 

  • "International Avoided Deforestation Offset Projects: Insuring the Risk of Reversal Penalties," Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation & Resources (May 2010)
  • "Life After NCRL v. Leake: Can North Carolina's Disclosure Laws Survive a Constitutional Challenge?", 87 N.C.L. Rev. 1252 (2009)
  • “Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web,” NBI CLE (2015)
  • “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit,” NBI CLE (2017)
  • “Admissibility of Scientific Experts and Evidence,” NBI CLE (2019)