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, financial services, energy, and real estate 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.
In the financial services space, Jodie defends financial institutions, broker-dealers, and investment companies and advisers in litigation matters including claims for breach of contract, negligence, business torts, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. She also supervises a team of attorneys across the country to manage pre-litigation and third-party matters for financial institutions and other businesses — work that includes interpleaders, responding to complex creditor attachments, subpoenas, and garnishments.
Jodie’s experience in the energy industry has focused on representing energy companies in the business of storing and transporting natural gas in litigation matters as well as state regulatory inquiries and investigations. She has also represented gas utility companies in class action cases alleging negligence, breach of contract, and unfair business practices as well as litigation matters to secure property rights and access for underground assets.
Jodie’s practice also includes representing businesses in litigation matters, both on the plaintiff and defendant side. In this area, her experience broadly encompasses advancing and defending claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair trade practices, negligence, tortious interference, violations of unfair and deceptive trade practice statutes, and other business torts. In addition to the plaintiff’s side condemnation work Jodie has handled for energy companies, she also has experience representing property owners in condemnation actions and real estate litigation.
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.
Financial Services Litigation
- Successfully quelled a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme-related lawsuit filed against a multinational investment management and wealth management company in Eastern District of Virginia. A group of investors sued the company and several other defendants alleging involvement in a Ponzi scheme spanning over five years. The investors claimed they were fraudulently induced to invest in a company and that our client knowingly, intentionally and fraudulently facilitated transfers of the company stock in violation of the Securities Act of 1933 in furtherance of the Ponzi scheme. Plaintiffs sought to hold the company jointly and severally liable for claims of actual fraud and aiding and abetting fraud. Obtained voluntarily dismissal for our client following extensive negotiations and early discovery.
- 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 broker-dealer in state court action alleging claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty arising from a dispute over an account held with rights of survivorship with a decedent. Following oral argument, the Court granted the motion to dismiss.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Representation of an energy company in a condemnation case involving natural gas storage easements. Attained a favorable settlement.
Business and Real Estate Litigation
- Representation of global investment manager in connection with lawsuit in state court alleging claims for fraud and fraudulent conveyance arising from a $110 million investment in a company that developed sustainable agriculture supply chains to global markets. Attained a favorable settlement following discovery motions related to plaintiff’s failure to preserve responsive documents.
- Represented pharmaceutical company in federal court case alleging fraud, deceptive trade practices, and unjust enrichment. Following oral argument, the Court granted summary judgment and dismissed all claims.
- 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 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.
- Represented a North Carolina business in a condemnation action filed by a town that purported to condemn the sole access point to the facility that provides critical services to the community. Attained a favorable settlement agreement and retained critical access to the facility.
- 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.
- Represented a business in a matter involving a disgruntled employee that was terminated but that was also the landlord of the building used for the office location in a summary ejectment proceeding. With only one day to prepare for trial, Jodie identified multiple procedural and substantive challenges to the action, including impeachment evidence regarding the former employee, and negotiated an agreed order that permitted adequate time to vacate the premises and additional protections for current employees that were being harassed by the former employee.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason UniversityJD
Associate Symposium Editor and Member, Civil Rights Law Journal2006
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBAPolitical Science and Spanish2001
Member, Northern Virginia Chapter, Federal Bar Association
Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Sustainer, Junior League of Charlotte, North Carolina
Past Trustee, Preservation Committee Member, Charlotte Museum of History
Past Board Member, Historic Charlotte
Past President, Board of Directors, Avondale Children’s Center
- Speaker, "Case Law Update: A Review of Recent Business Court Decisions", 10th Annual NC Business Court CLE, Mecklenburg County Bar, October 14, 2022
- Speaker, "KYC/AML Regulatory Update: Why Does My Bank Keep Asking Me for All of These Documents and Information", New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning, October 14, 2021
- Guest Speaker, "Skeletons in the Closet: Arbitration and Conflict Dispute", Deal Us In Podcast Series, October 27, 2021
- Speaker, "Horror Stories - Keeping the Monsters Out of Your Deal", Deal Us In: Get to Know the Women of Deal Us In, October 29, 2020
- Speaker, "Financial Privacy in Mortgage Litigation", Legal Issues and Trends in Mortgage Origination and Servicing, Mortgage Servicing In-House Counsel Forum, February 8, 2018
- Speaker, "Reporting Suspected Financial Elder Abuse", New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning Seminar, April 25, 2017
- Speaker, "The Politics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau", Current Legal Issues and Trends in Mortgage Origination and Servicing, Mortgage Servicing In-House Counsel Forum, February 4, 2016
- Hon. Liam O'Grady and Hon. Claude M. Hilton, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2007-2008
- Hon. Barry R. Poretz, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2006-2007
- North Carolina
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
- 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. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2024
Named to “Legal Elite,” Litigation, Business North Carolina, 2023
Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020
Named to “North Carolina Rising Stars,” Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2019
Outstanding Individual Pro Bono Attorney Award from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, 2015
Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, December 2010
- Co-author, "Virginia Supreme Court: Arbitration Clauses in Trusts Are Not Enforceable Against Beneficiaries", Trusts and Estates Section Newsletter, Virginia State Bar, Summer 2022
- Author, Virginia Supreme Court: Arbitration Clauses in Trusts Are Not Enforceable Against Beneficiaries, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, May 12, 2022
- Author, Proving a Real Signature in a Surreal World: Notarization Concerns in a Pandemic (Part 2), McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 15, 2020
- Author, Proving a Real Signature in a Surreal World: Notarization Concerns in a Pandemic, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 6, 2020
- Author, CFPB Surrenders Military Lending Act Supervision, Consumer FinSights, November 13, 2018
- Author, Debt Collector Defined: Supreme Court Exempts Debt Purchasers, Subject to Inquiry, June 21, 2017
- Author, The Forgotten Face of Student Lending, Subject to Inquiry, January 18, 2017
- Author, GOP Takes Aim at Dodd-Frank, Subject to Inquiry, January 10, 2017
- Author, Florida Court Finds HUD Face-to-Face Requirements a Condition Precedent to Foreclosure, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, December 5, 2016
- Author, Debt Collection Practices Under Scrutiny of CFPB and NY Attorney General, Subject to Inquiry, November 11, 2016
- Author, CFPB Director Cordray’s Remarks at FinTech Conference Highlight Focus on Increasing Access to Financial Data, Subject to Inquiry, November 2, 2016
- Author, At Long Last, CFPB Issues Final Rule on Prepaid Accounts, Subject to Inquiry, October 5, 2016
- Author, California Court Hands CFPB a Noteworthy Victory Against CashCall, Inc., Subject to Inquiry, September 13, 2016
- Author, BancorpSouth Bank Agrees to Pay More Than $10 million to Settle Charges of Redlining and Discrimination in Mortgage Underwriting and Pricing, Subject to Inquiry, July 25, 2016
- Author, "Split Supreme Court Affirms Eighth Circuit Equal Credit Opportunity Act Ruling", Subject to Inquiry, April 7, 2016
- Author, CFPB Accused of Discriminating Against Its Own Employees, Subject to Inquiry, April 4, 2016
- Author, CFPB’s First-Ever Data Security Enforcement Action, Subject to Inquiry, March 17, 2016
- Author, CFPB Announces Two-Year Policy Priorities, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, March 15, 2016
- Author, With Final Rules on the Horizon, CFPB Highlights Prepaid Cards in Monthly Complaint Report, Subject to Inquiry, March 14, 2016
- Author, CFPB Still Pushing to Regulate Payday Lenders, Subject to Inquiry, March 8, 2016
- Author, Recent Scrutiny of CFPB’s Complaint Database Foretells Problems for Businesses, Subject to Inquiry, February 16, 2016
- Author, FAST Act Drives Long-Awaited Gramm-Leach-Bliley Amendment, Subject to Inquiry, Password Protected, January 15, 2016
- Author, The House Has Voted: Auto Lenders Prevail Over CFPB, Subject to Inquiry, December 7, 2015
- Author, Challenge to CFPB’s Auto Lending Guidance, Subject to Inquiry, November 19, 2015
- Author, CFPB Adopts New Rule Expanding Reporting Requirements under HMDA, Subject to Inquiry, October 29, 2015
- Author, CFPB Redlining Enforcement Action Reflects New Approach to Redlining Analysis, Subject to Inquiry, October 19, 2015
- Author, CFPB Proposes Banning Some Arbitration Clauses, Resurrecting Consumer Contract Class Actions, Subject to Inquiry, October 8, 2015
- Author, CFPB Announces New Set of Advisory Board Members, Subject to Inquiry, October 2, 2015
- Co-author, "Consent Order Shows More CFPB Interest in Student Loans", Law360, September 2, 2015
- Author, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Payment Processing Company and Mortgage Servicer, Subject to Inquiry, August 24, 2015
- Author, Rising Conflict Among Federal Courts – Whether an Account Number Visible on a Debt Collection Envelope Violates the FDCPA, Subject to Inquiry, August 21, 2015
- Author, What’s Next? Recent Actions Highlight CFPB’s Focus on Student Loans, Subject to Inquiry, August 10, 2015
- Author, Senate Interest in Small Business Loan Data Rulemaking May Significantly Impact Financial Institutions, Subject to Inquiry, August 4, 2015
- Author, CFPB Signals Future Regulation in the Payment Processing Industry, Subject to Inquiry, July 22, 2015
- Author, CFPB Expands Access to Consumer Complaints, Subject to Inquiry, July 1, 2015
- Author, Reverse Mortgages May Be on CFPB’s List Following Recent Study, Subject to Inquiry, June 24, 2015
- Author, CFPB Jolts Loan Originator Over Mortgage Origination, Subject to Inquiry, June 22, 2015
- Author, West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act Amendments – Still a Hotbed For Potential Violations, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 22, 2015
- Author, CFPB Targets Real Estate Developer in Recent Enforcement Action, Subject to Inquiry, June 5, 2015
- Author, CFPB Pursues Recovery Against For-Profit College Corinthian and Relief for Its Students, Subject to Inquiry, June 5, 2015
- Author, CFPB Enforcement Action Appeals: Quick Resolution with Unchecked Discretion, Subject to Inquiry, May 21, 2015
- Author, CFPB Remains Noncommittal Regarding Restrained Enforcement Period for TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule, Subject to Inquiry, April 29, 2015
- Author, CFPB Fines Military Allotment Processor $3.1 Million, Subject to Inquiry, April 28, 2015
- Author, Agency Cooperation in Fair Lending Enforcement, Subject to Inquiry, April 23, 2015
- Author, Mortgage Shopping Toolkit Available for Compliance Guidance, Subject to Inquiry, April 7, 2015
- Author, CFPB Launches Inquiry into the Credit Card Industry, Subject to Inquiry, March 27, 2015
- Author, CFPB’s Position on Confidential Supervisory Information, Subject to Inquiry, February 6, 2015
- Author, Subsequent Mortgagee Excused from Face-to-Face Meeting, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, October 14, 2014
- Author, CFPB Proposes New Rule Expanding Oversight to NonBank Auto Finance Companies, Subject to Inquiry, September 26, 2014