Bradley R. Kutrow Partner

Brad is a partner in the firm's Financial Services Litigation Department and is co-chair of the firm's Appeals and Issues group. He has broad experience in complex litigation, with emphasis on business torts, finance, securities, and products liability. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in seven different litigation categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Securities, Personal Injury, Product Liability, and First Amendment. His clients include banks, financial services firms and manufacturers.

He has defended class actions in pretrial proceedings, at trial, and in appellate courts. He is also experienced in arbitration before American Arbitration Association, JAMS, and securities arbitration panels, and in related proceedings in trial and appellate courts.

He maintains an active appellate practice and was founding chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is also a past chair of the Appellate Rules Committee of the NCBA, which serves as a liaison between the state's appellate bench and bar. He has represented appellants, appellees and amici curiae in North Carolina's appellate courts.

Brad was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph H. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was the associate editor of The Daily Tar Heel and Outstanding Graduate of the School of Journalism.


Defense of federal court class actions arising from mortgage lending and the foreclosure crisis.

Defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted by hedge fund investors.

Representation of a retirement plan trustee in arbitration, defeating breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought by an ERISA plan.

Defense of product liability claims for a North Carolina-based manufacturer.

Representation of Davidson College as amicus curiae before the Supreme Court of North Carolina in State v. Yencer, which rejected an Establishment Clause challenge to the college’s campus police department.

Representation of raw material supplier in fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair trade practice, and third-party beneficiary claims brought by a medical device manufacturer seeking $50 million in damages following a device recall.

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, AB
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Editor-in-chief, Virginia Law Weekly; Executive Editor, The Journal of Law & Politics

Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Member, North Carolina Business Court Local Rules Committee

Past Chair, Appellate Practice Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Past Chair, Appellate Rules Committee, North Carolina Bar Association

Past Co-chair, Advisory Subcommittee on Local Rules for the Western District of North Carolina

Past Chair, 26th Judicial District Local Rules Committee

  • Faculty, "How Badgerow May Shift the Balance of Power When Vacating or Confirming an Arbitration Award," Post-Arbitration Judicial Proceedings: Implementing Badgerow v. Walters and Returning to State Court, Strafford CLE Webinar, June 16, 2022
  • Panelist, "Government Enforcement in the Healthcare Industry," Healthcare Litigation and Business Trends Program, April 10, 2019
  • Co-presenter, "Higher Justice? Appellate Decisions and Trends 2018-19," Legal Issues and Trends in Mortgage Origination and Servicing, McGuireWoods CLE, February 7, 2019
  • Presenter, "Recent North Carolina Business Court Decisions: Selected Decisions and Practice Pointers," CLE sponsored annually by the North Carolina Business Court and Mecklenburg County Bar, May 6, 2016
  • Presenter, "Expert Discovery in State and Federal Court: Where’s the Ballpark and What Are the Ground Rules?," CLE sponsored by the NC Bar Association’s Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute Section, February 7, 2013
  • Panelist, "Religion and the Law," Davidson College Common Hour Series, with Karl A. Plank, Ph.D, November 13, 2012
  • Moderator, "Preparing for Oral Argument," 2012 North Carolina Appellate Practice and Specialization Review, October 4, 2012
  • Hon. Joseph H. Young, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1987-1989
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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Named to “North Carolina Super Lawyers,” Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, Personal Injury Defense: Products, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2019, 2021-2023

Named to "Legal Elite," Appellate, Business North Carolina, 2019, 2021, 2023

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation - Securities,Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2013-2023

Selected for inclusion in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2007-2022

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Charlotte, Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2021; Litigation - Securities, 2022, The Best Lawyers in America 

Named a “Local Litigation Star,” North Carolina, Benchmark Litigation, 2013, 2018, 2021

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019

Selected for inclusion in "Leaders in the Law," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2018

Honoree, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law, 2018

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Banking and Finance, The Best Lawyers, 2017

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Securities, Charlotte, The Best Lawyers, 2017

Named to Benchmark Appellate Litigation, Legal Media Group, 2012

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