Douglas W. Ey Jr. Partner

Doug focuses his practice on business litigation, representing business clients in a variety of shareholder, banking, trust and estate, products liability, and commercial litigation matters. In October 2005, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

An active leader in the community and bar, Doug lectures regularly on litigation and professional responsibility topics. Chambers and Partners' 2017 Chambers USA Client Guide describes Doug as an "Eminent Practitioner” in the Commercial Litigation category, and noted that “sources name him a ‘world-class lawyer.’”  Doug became General Counsel of McGuireWoods in July 2013.


Multiple commercial litigation matters in the North Carolina Business Court.

Major product liability matters in federal and state court.

Complex trust and estate litigation matters.

Representations of special litigation committees of the boards of directors of financial services companies in connection with investigations of allegations of wrongdoing in shareholder derivative actions.

Representation of a collegiate athletic conference and a prominent national liberal arts college in a range of regulatory, education, faculty and student matters.

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, Special Projects Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1979
  • Davidson College, AB, cum laude, Honors in History, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

Trustee, The Crosland Foundation, 2009-2018; Trustee and Board Chair, 2020

Board of Visitors, Davidson College, 2008-2016

Co-Chair, Access to Justice Campaign, Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, 2017

Co-chair, Parents' Council, Sewanee: The University of the South, 2009-2010

Member, U.S. Magistrate Selection Panel, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2008

Member, Lawyers for an Educated Work Force Task Force, 2012-2013; Strategic Planning Committee, 2006-2012; Board of Governors, 2002-2005, North Carolina Bar Association

Co-chair, Mecklenburg County Courthouse Opening Celebration Committee, 2007

Vestry, 1993-1995, 2004-2006, 2019-2021; Senior Warden, 2006, Christ Episcopal Church

  • North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2022

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2007-2021; Named "Eminent Practitioner," 2016-2017

Named to “North Carolina Super Lawyers,” Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2019, 2021

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Named the "Lawyer of the Year," Bet-the-Company Litigation, Charlotte The Best Lawyers, 2021

Named to "Leaders in the Law," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2019

Named the "Charlotte Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants" Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers, 2019

Named the "Lawyer of the Year," Bet-the-Company Litigation, The Best Lawyers, 2018

Named "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation-Banking and Finance, Charlotte, The Best Lawyers, 2015, 2017

Named a "Local Litigation Star," North Carolina, Benchmark Litigation, 2013, 2018

Named to "Legal Elite," Litigation, Business North Carolina, 2008-2014

Named the "Charlotte Mass Tort Litigation Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers, 2012

Named the "Charlotte Product Liability Litigator of the Year," The Best Lawyers, 2011, 2013

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

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