Jodie Herrmann Lawson Partner

Jodie concentrates her practice in complex civil, financial services, energy and real property litigation actions representing clients in federal and state courts and arbitrations.

Her experience includes contract disputes, business torts, trademark matters, class action law suits, financial services litigation, condemnation cases, interpleaders, and responding to subpoenas, garnishments, complex creditor attachments, and other third-party matters. She is closely monitoring the CFPB’s regulatory developments and enforcement proceedings affecting consumer finance and how they will impact the firm’s clients.

Jodie has defended Fortune 100 financial institutions, consumer lenders, and insurance companies in lawsuits alleging statutory, regulatory, and common law claims. She has also represented energy companies in federal and state condemnation cases, represented clients in commercial landlord-tenant disputes, defended businesses in consumer protection and tort actions, and served as plaintiff's and defense counsel on behalf of businesses in actions involving contracts.

Jodie was a law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, the Honorable Liam O’Grady and the Honorable Barry R. Poretz of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. While earning her law degree, she studied in Madrid, Spain, as part of the William & Mary Law School Summer Study Abroad Program and also studied in Seville, Spain, during a spring semester while earning her undergraduate degree. She was recently named to Super Lawyers' "North Carolina Rising Stars" for Business Litigation.

Experience

Defense of a major gas storage operator against putative class claims alleging trespass, conversion, and unjust enrichment in connection with its storage operations; obtained settlement through an innovative counterclaim strategy that effectively negated class claims and through the aggressive pursuit of a federal preemption defense.

Defense of a private equity-owned business and former officers and directors of the company related to a dispute following the sale of the business.  The case involved claims for fraud, breach of contract, and violation of the N.C. Securities Act. 

Litigated condemnation claims on behalf of a major gas storage operator; obtained nominal award of “just compensation” following a five day trial in federal court before a panel of land commissioners.

Argued before the N.C. Court of Appeals on behalf of a business in a case involving business torts and employee misconduct.  The panel affirmed the civil contempt order entered on behalf of our client by the N.C. Business Court when former employees failed to return funds improperly diverted from the company.

Representation of financial institution in connection with condemnation action in North Carolina; attained a favorable settlement.

Representation of a financial institution in an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The panel ruled in our client’s favor and affirmed the district court decision.

Defense of a major financial institution in federal court. The plaintiff alleged claims for breach of contract, wrongful foreclosure, attempted wrongful foreclosure, violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and conversion. After oral argument, the District Court Judge granted full summary judgment in favor of our client and dismissed the case.

Halted a former employee that stole hundreds of client files and then went to work for a competitor. Successfully negotiated a non-compete agreement and obtained the return of the client files.

Defense of a major financial institution in state court. The action alleged claims for fraud, violation of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, violation of North Carolina’s Debt Collection Act, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. After oral argument, the Judge granted full summary judgment in favor of our client and dismissed the case.

First chair representation of a health insurance company in a state court bench trial involving contract and tort claims.

Defense of a leading telephone service provider in an arbitration involving claims of fraud, negligence, and violation of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Arbitrator found no liability.

Defense of a health insurance company in a state court contract matter. The Trial Court sustained a demurrer and the client was dismissed from the case.

Defense of an industry leading home improvement products company in an action seeking a preliminary injunction against our client for claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition. The Trial Court denied the injunction against our client and the case favorably settled.

Representation of a major financial institution in an action against two customers that were harassing our client’s employees. Successfully obtained a protective order from the Court in favor of our client and its employees.

Representation of an energy company in a condemnation case involving natural gas storage easements. Attained a favorable settlement.

Defense of a major waste management company in a state court contract action. The Trial Court sustained our client’s demurrer and plea in bar and our client was dismissed from the case.

Representation of a brand leading company that manufactures and sells innovative products in an action for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Obtained a consent judgment that was entered in favor of our client.

Representation of a real estate development company in a Federal class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Federal Electronic Funds Transfer Statute. Attained a favorable settlement.

  • George Mason University School of Law, JD, Associate Symposium Editor and Member, Civil Rights Law Journal, 2006
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Political Science and Spanish, 2001

Member, Board of Directors, Avondale Children’s Center

Trustee, Charlotte Museum of History

Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, Federal Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Member, Junior League of Charlotte, North Carolina

  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Outstanding Individual Pro Bono Attorney Award from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, 2015

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2019

Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, December 2010

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