Gary J. Rickner

P: 919.277.9271
F: 919.277.9177

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 33009
Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Professional Experience

Mr. Rickner is the leader of the Economic Development Practice Group.  He is a diverse trial lawyer whose litigation practice includes all forms of commercial and business disputes and product liability defense.  Mr. Rickner's experience includes a wide variety of jury cases in state and federal courts in North Carolina and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial disputes, including contract breaches, business disputes, fraud, and securities litigation.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Rickner practiced law in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.  Mr. Rickner is active in various civic organizations.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1998
  • Indiana, 1974
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • All state courts in Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2016
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2006 and 2013
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100, 2008-2011


  • J.D., cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, 1974. Associate Editor, Cumberland-Samford Law Review.
  • B.A., Taylor University, 1971

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Section: Litigation
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, 1992-present)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (North Carolina Chairman, 2008-2010)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association — Section: Federal Litigation
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Law; Litigation
  • North Carolina Economic Developers Association
  • The Voice of Defense Bar

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Practice Groups

Practice Concentrations

  • Banking Litigation
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Federal Civil Practice

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