Jodie Herrmann Lawson Partner

Jodie is a high-stakes litigator who represents clients in federal and state court and arbitrations. She defends Fortune 100 companies and other businesses in cases involving torts, contract disputes, property disputes, class actions, and fiduciary, energy, and financial services litigation.

Jodie represents clients from start to finish in their most challenging litigation matters. Her clients turn to her because she understands their businesses and uses that knowledge in conjunction with her sound judgment and litigation experience to develop a creative legal strategy and achieve results. 

She also counsels financial institutions, broker-dealers, investment companies and advisers, and closely monitors CFPB regulatory developments and enforcement proceedings that impact clients. Jodie uses innovative approaches to manage pre-litigation and third-party matters for several financial institutions and other businesses — work that includes interpleaders, responding to complex creditor attachments, subpoenas, and garnishments.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Jodie clerked for U.S. District Judges Liam O’Grady and Claude M. Hilton and Federal Magistrate Judge Barry R. Poretz of the Eastern District of Virginia, known for its “Rocket Docket.” This valuable experience benefits her clients as she helps them navigate the intricacies of litigating in the jurisdiction and others across the country.

Experience

Represented biotech company in connection with a multi-million-dollar contract dispute with a pharmaceutical company. Attained favorable settlement following pre-litigation mediation.

Defense of a financial institution in state court action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. Successfully argued motion to dismiss and obtained dismissal from case.

Represented a commercial real estate developer in federal court in a dispute with the seller of real property over payment terms contained in a purchase agreement.  The dispute jeopardized a significant redevelopment project that spanned ten years.  After briefing summary judgment motions, the parties reached a favorable settlement agreement that allowed the project to move forward as planned.

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.  Attained favorable settlement.

Litigated condemnation claims on behalf of a major gas storage operator; obtained nominal award of just compensation in the amount of $1 per parcel 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

Preservation Committee Member, Charlotte Museum of History

Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, Federal Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Sustainer, 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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