E. Fitzgerald Parnell

Of Counsel
301 S. College Street, Suite 2900, Charlotte, NC 28202

t: 704.342.5252

f: 704.342.5264

t:

t:

Jerry is a recent recipient of the Friend of the Court award by the Judicial Branch of state government, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, a Recipient of the Chief Justice's Professionalism Award, and concentrates his practice in professional malpractice defense and government investigations. In more than 40 years of practice he has been involved in a wide array of civil and criminal cases throughout the western half of North Carolina, in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and in the appellate courts of North Carolina.

After graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Jerry served as law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Bobbitt of the North Carolina Supreme Court and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. He was a founder and chairman of the North Carolina Federal Bar Advisory Council, a founder of the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, a founding member of the Board of Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Inc., a founding member of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, and is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a member of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He served three-year terms on the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association, and currently serves as a member of the UNC Law Alumni Association Board. Jerry served as the State Chair for North Carolina in the ABA House of Delegates and State Chair of the Fellows.

Representative Experience

Piraino Brothers v. Atlantic, 211N.C. App. 343, 712 S.E. 2d. 328, review denied 365 N.C. 357, 2011 N.C. Lexis 915 (2011) - Zero-liability trial and appellate results in defense of attorney and law firm accused of breach of trust agreement, conversion, civil conspiracy, and aiding and abetting client fraud in multi-million dollar real estate transaction.

Whiteheart v. Waller, 199 N.C. App 281, 681 S.E.2d 419 , petition for discretionary review denied, 363 N.C. 813 ( 2010), holding that in pari delicto is a defense to a legal malpractice case in North Carolina.

Carlisle v. Keith, 169 N.C. App. 674, 614 S.E.2d 542 (2005) - case that established statutes of limitation in certain types of legal malpractice issues.

Hahne v. Hanzel, 161 N.C. App. 494, 588 S.E.2d 915, petition for discretionary review denied, 358 N.C. 543; 599 S.E. 2d 46 (2004) - a decision affirming summary judgment on behalf of a lawyer in a legal malpractice action arising from a securities claim. It is the case in North Carolina establishing that contributory negligence is a defense in a legal malpractice action.

read all representative experience
Communication Agreement

I understand and agree that Poyner Spruill LLP will have no obligation to keep confidential the information that I am now sending to the firm.

   

Communication Agreement

I understand and agree that Poyner Spruill LLP will have no obligation to keep confidential the information that I am now sending to the firm.