Caroline P. Mackie

Associate
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Caroline concentrates her practice in litigation and focuses on commercial, governmental, and general litigation. She represents financial service institutions, closely-held corporations, governmental entities, and regional and national companies regarding a broad range of legal matters, including disputes involving real estate, commercial contracts, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Caroline has represented companies and individuals in cases involving both tort and contractual liability, at the trial and appellate levels.

Caroline has significant experience representing governmental entities in litigation in state and federal courts.  She also has significant experience in litigating voting-related and redistricting cases at the trial and appellate levels. 

She routinely represents banks and other financial institutions in all types of litigation in state and federal courts. In this capacity, she defends lender liability claims while also handling all aspects of collection matters for banks.  In addition, she regularly represents landlords in commercial lease disputes.  Caroline also maintains an active pro bono practice and leads the firm's summer associate program. 

Representative Experience

  • Eugene Dunston v. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, et al; (United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2015) - After an eight day jury trial, a 12-member jury issued a complete defense verdict for the Sheriff of Wake County and three of his detention officers.  Plaintiff, a detainee in the jail, claimed the officers used excessive force against him on three separate occasions and sued them for violating his Constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. 1983.  He also made claims for battery and negligence, and he made a claim against the Sheriff for negligent supervision.  The case was hotly contested as to all issues and included an intermediate appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to address the defense of qualified immunity for the defendants.  At trial, both parties presented evidence by fact and expert witnesses.  Video of the jail and the incidents was presented, which was closely analyzed by the jury.  The plaintiff made a pre-trial settlement demand of $225,000, but claimed to have over $400,000 in attorney's fees, which can be awarded in 1983 cases.  The trial court granted the officers a directed verdict as to the claims against them for negligence.  After deliberating for five hours, the jury rendered a verdict absolving each defendant as to each of the remaining claims.  The negligent supervision claim, which had been bifurcated, was dismissed by the trial judge.  This was reportedly the first jury trial against Wake County or the Sheriff in over 20 years.  Nick Ellis and Caroline were able to successfully defend these law enforcement officers in a time when their actions are being closely scrutinized by the public and the media. 
  • Covington v. State of NorthCarolina (United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina; United States Supreme Court); Harris v. McCrory (United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina; United States Supreme Court); Dickson v. Rucho (North Carolina Supreme Court; United States Supreme Court); Common Cause v. Rucho (United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina) - Caroline, along with partner Eddie Speas, serve as counsel to the plaintiffs in these challenges to the legislative and congressional redistricting plans enacted by the General Assembly in 2011 (Covington , Harris, and Dickson) and 2016 (Common Cause). 
  • Henry v. North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board (United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina) - Caroline serves as counsel to the plaintiffs in this federal antitrust lawsuit brought by North Carolina physical therapists and their patients over access to dry needling, a type of physical therapy. 
  • Savage v. Zelent (North Carolina Court of Appeals) - Caroline and litigation partner Dan Cahill successfully domesticated a Scottish judgment for their client, Mr. Savage.  The case was appealed by the defendant to the Court of Appeals, which, in a case of first impression, decided an issue of statutory interpretation under the North Carolina Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act in favor of Mr. Savage. 

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