Gary J. Rickner
After a distinguished legal career, Gary retired from the firm's law practice in the winter of 2022.
Gary is a diverse trial lawyer whose litigation practice includes all forms of commercial and business disputes and product liability defense. He has tried to verdict in excess of 70 jury trials, including a wide variety of jury cases in state and federal courts in North Carolina and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Gary regularly defends banking, development, and private institution clients in matters such as contract breaches, business disputes, fraud, and class action litigation of all types. He also represents manufacturers in products liability matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Gary practiced law in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- J.D., cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, 1974. Associate Editor, Cumberland-Samford Law Review.
- B.A., Taylor University, 1971
- Successfully defended employee class action lawsuit against financial institutions client over retirement plan investment options
- Successfully defended financial institutions client in class action lawsuit involving overdraft changes
- Successfully defended medical equipment supplier in a TCPA class action
- Successfully defended large insurance company against bad faith claims insureds and recover punitive damages against insured for fraudulent claim
- Represents manufacturers in products liability lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries (
- Represents clients in FINRA arbitrations
Honors and Distinctions*
- "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2021
- The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2021
- "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Litigation, 2006, 2013, 2018, 2021
- American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow, 1992-present)
- "Top 100: North Carolina Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2008-2011
- American College of Trial Lawyers (North Carolina Chairman, 2008-2010)
Professional and Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association — Section: Litigation
- 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
- American College of Trial Lawyers
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
* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.
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