Landis has 31 years of experience representing clients in business, financial services and employment disputes, including in litigation, trials, arbitrations, mediations and administrative actions.
He has tried jury cases in state and federal courts and handled evidentiary proceedings before arbitrators and government tribunals. He has argued cases in the North Carolina Supreme Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Business Court, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and state and federal trial courts.
Landis also serves as an arbitrator and mediator in business and employment matters. He is a certified North Carolina mediator and a member of the American Arbitration Association panel of arbitrators.
While earning his law degree from Wake Forest University, Landis was a member of the school's Law Review and National Moot Court team. In his senior year as an undergraduate at Davidson College, he received the King Academic Award, given to the varsity football player with the highest grade point average on the team.
Representation of one of the world’s largest brokerage firms in an arbitration by a former broker claiming negligence, gross negligence, recklessness, defamation and invasion of privacy, relating to the broker’s termination of employment. In 2013, a panel appointed by FINRA ruled unanimously in favor of the client to dismiss the claims following a three day evidentiary hearing, which ruling was then confirmed in 2014 in a written opinion by the federal district court.
Representation of an international helmet manufacturer and its U.S. subsidiary in a dispute with its minority shareholder, including matters related to the termination of the shareholder’s positions with the U.S. company and litigation to pursue claims against the shareholder in state court, resulting in a 2014 resolution of all matters.
Representation of a lender in a case involving an electronic cyber fraud attack of a customer’s on-line banking account. This included defending against the customer’s claims in N.C. Business Court of alleged violations of the Uniform Commercial Code, negligence, fraud and unfair trade practices. Simultaneously, pursued claim for insurance coverage to protect client against claims by customer, and then negotiated a complete resolution in 2013.
Representation of non-profit organization in class action claim in N.C. Business Court alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair trade practices, concerning alleged sexual assaults on the premises. Briefed and argued motion to dismiss and then negotiated confidential resolution with individual plaintiffs, resulting in 2013 court approved dismissal of all class action claims against client prior to class certification.
Representation of global home furnishings company in 2013 and 2014 in a federal court dispute with former independent contractor terminated by the company, resulting in favorable pre-trial ruling on issues to be submitted to the jury and then a settlement satisfactory to the parties.
Representation of a Fortune 500 bank in a lender liability lot loan case that involved more than 70 plaintiffs and significant discovery over a period of two years. Final rulings in early 2012 dismissed all claims against the bank and several of its loan officers, and resulted in significant monetary judgments against bank borrowers.
Representation of a regional bank defending a lender liability suit and related challenge by a developer to the bank's foreclosure action arising out of a $20 million loan. In 2011 and 2012, obtained foreclosure, recovery on the guaranty in a bench trial, dismissal of all nine claims against the bank and a significant judgment for the bank on the loan documents.
Representation of a lender in a series of collection and lender liability actions involving more than 30 loans, that culminated in settlements and judgments for the bank in 2010 and 2011.
Representation of a lender in a commercial loan transaction, where the borrower alleged unfair and deceptive trade practices, resulting in a decision in favor of the lender reported by the North Carolina Court of Appeals in December 2011.
Representation of lender in a case where borrower made lender liability claims in the North Carolina Business Court. The Court dismissed all claims against the lender in 2010.
Representation of a commercial real estate firm in pursuing a fraud claim against a broker, which resulted in a jury verdict for the company, a subsequent settlement and then a successful defense to a challenge to the settlement in 2011.
Representation of a public school system in advising and structuring the process for reductions in force in 2009, 2010 and 2011, including handling all appeal hearings.
Representation of financial institution accused by another financial institution of hiring its employees and interfering with their non-compete agreements. After discovery, trial court dismissed the claims and the Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal in 2008.
Representation of newspaper to recover computers from company hosting its servers and defended counterclaims against newspaper for alleged advertising computer click fraud. After discovery, the trial court dismissed all claims against the newspaper and ordered the return of newspaper's property in 2007.
Representation of school system in non-renewal of teacher contract appealed to North Carolina Court of Appeals. Appellate court ruled for school system in 2007.
Representation of employers enforcing non-compete agreements.
Arbitrator on trade secret, commercial and employment disputes.
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Panel Member, American Arbitration Association
Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Volunteer, Legal Services Domestic Violence Cases
Coach, Little League Baseball, 1983-2004
Volunteer; Commissioner, 1993-2004, Pop Warner Football
Member; Former President and Director, Mecklenburg Optimist
Former President and Director, Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Individuals/Management, Labor Law - Management, Labor and Employment Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2019
Named to "Legal Elite," Employment, Business North Carolina, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell