Richard L. Robertson

CHARLOTTE, NC: ROBERTSON & ASSOCIATES

 

Managing Partner

Richard L. Robertson, Sr. is the founder and shareholder of the firm. Richard established the firm in January of 1996 as a business litigation and insurance defense law firm. The firm has been organized to respond to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and to defend both individual and insurance clients in business and personal injury litigation as well as the representation of individuals with personal injury claims.

Richard is a former Assistant United States Attorney and has over thirty years of private practice experience.

Under his leadership, Robertson & Associates is widely-recognized for its efficient and effective representation of small and medium-sized businesses engaged in all types of disputes. Upon graduation from Law School, Richard practiced in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for three years in general practice, including real estate law and general litigation.

From 1982 until 1990, Richard served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Richard’s practice included the representation of the United States in civil matters, civil forfeiture actions and the prosecution of white collar criminal cases and both criminal and civil appeals. During his tenure with the US Attorney’s Office, Richard received commendations from law enforcement and civil agencies with whom he worked, including the FBI, the DEA, US Customs and state and local law enforcement agencies. In 1989, Richard received the United States Attorney General’s Award for Sustained Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney. He also served as an instructor at the United States Department of Justice Advocacy Institute.

From 1992 until 1995, Richard was a shareholder in the firm of Grier & Grier, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina, representing clients in business disputes, creditors in bankruptcy, and insurance defense litigation.

In January, 1996, Richard founded Robertson & Associates, with offices in Charlotte, to represent business clients and individuals in litigation matters. Since 1996 the firm’s practice has grown to include a wide range of services for small and medium-sized businesses, including employment law and human resource policy practices, representation of business in government investigations, including wage and hour laws, I-9 audits and sexual harassment investigations and representation of clients before government agencies, including EEOC, The Department of Homeland Security, OSHA and the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Richard’s litigation experience has included the bringing of affirmative claims of businesses as creditors, including actions for attachment and garnishment, judgment enforcement, construction lien claims and enforcement litigation. The firm regularly assists business owners, clients and individuals in wills and trusts, estate administration and estate tax planning. Richard has, further, been active in business entity sales through asset sale and purchase agreements and stock and sale purchase agreements, as well as dispute litigation. He has represented business clients both as buyer and seller in these transactions.

Richard has further acted as an approved attorney and served on the panel for a number of national insurance carriers, including State Farm, Travelers, Auto-Owners, Navigators, Wackenhut Corporation d/b/a G4s Security, Hortica, Dillard’s Department Store, Cal-Ark, Northland and Old Republic. The firm is regularly involved in defense of personal injury claims, truck and automobile accidents, for these and other carriers.

Richard has 30 years of trial experience, and for 20 years has been regularly involved in defense of matters for several national insurance carriers, including: State Farm, Travelers, Auto-Owners, Navigators, Northland and Old Republic (divisions of Travelers).

Richard resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and he is active in the community. He is a member of University Methodist Church and has served on the Board of the University City YMCA and was chairman of the metropolitan citywide campaign to construct additional YMCA facilities, successfully raising in excess of $200,000.00 for construction of the University City YMCA. Richard is a founding member of the University City YMCA. Richard served on the University City YMCA Board of Managers from 1991 through 1996.

Richard further served as Chairman of the Camp Raven Knob Land Preservation Society from 1997 until 2005. During this time the Land Preservation Society successfully raised funds for the acquisition of additional land to complete ownership of the watershed of Camp Raven Knob Boy Scout Camp in Low Gap, NC. He further served as Advancement Chairman for Troop 49, Boy Scouts of America, from 1991 through 1997.

Richard served as President of the University Commons Office Park Owners’ Association from 1997 to 2007.

Professional Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association Litigation Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section
  • Order of the Golden Fleece

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors of the Charlotte Christian College
  • Board of Directors of the Theological Seminary

Education

  • University of North Carolina, BA, 1974
  • University of North Carolina, BA, 1974
  • University of North Carolina, JD, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1977
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1977
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1977
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1977
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Insurance Defense

Representative Experience

  • Successfully tried a negligence claim to a defense verdict for a national insurance company in 2013;
  • Regularly tried negligence claims to verdict for corporate and insurance company clients;
  • Represented a defendant in a wrongful death claim for a national insurance carrier in 2013;
  • Defended a trucking accident case for a national defense carrier filed in Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina;
  • Successfully prosecuted attachment and garnishment claims for corporate clients seeking to restrain asset transfers by debtors;
  • Successfully enforced lien claims of regional corporate client providing equipment to job sites.
  • Achieved $750,000 judgment for employer against employee for embezzlement, including $500,000 punitive damages judgment.

Presentations/Publications

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Continuing Legal Education Seminar (National Business Institute, 2013)
  • Premises Liability Insurance Continuing Education Seminar (Sedgwick Claims Management, 12/2014)
  • Voir Dire and Jury Selection Continuing Legal Education Seminar (National Business Institute, 9/2015)

Reported Cases

  • United States v. Palinkas, 938 F.2d 456 (4th Cir. 1991)
  • United States v. Alston, 717 F.Supp.378 (M.D.N.C. 1989)
  • United States v. Lititz Mutual Insurance Co., 694 F.Supp. 159 (M.D.N.C. 1988)
  • United States v. Tugwell, 779 F.2d 5 (4th Cir. 1985)
  • United States v. 100.80 Acres of Land, 657 F.Supp. 269 (M.D.N.C. 1987)
  • United States v. Troxler Hosiery Co., 796 F.,2d 723 (4th Cir. 1986)
  • United States v. Scott, 45 B.R. 318 (Bankr. M.D.N.C. 1984)
  • Welch v. Lumpkin, 681 S.E.2d 850 (2009)