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About Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein L.L.P

As North Carolina as NASCAR, college hoops, and vinegary barbecue, Parker Poe has been operating in the Tar Heel State for over a century and a quarter. Now around 225 attorneys in eight regional offices represent many of the Southeast’s largest companies and local governments in transactions, regulatory issues, and complex litigation.

Tarheel Born

Parker Poe traces its roots back to 1884, when it was founded in Charlotte, NC, by Heriot Clarkson, later a justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. A century later the firm had grown to more than 65 lawyers in its single Charlotte office and had one of the state’s most sophisticated general corporate and business practices. The next 30 years brought Parker Poe out of North Carolina, as the firm grew by merger and expansion to eight offices: two in in North Carolina, four in South Carolina, and its most recent additions in Atlanta and Washington, DC.

Practices, Practices, Practices

Parker Poe is a full-service firm, with lawyers who have expertise in dozens of varied practice areas. Chambers USA ranks the firm in nine different practice areas: Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Environment, Health Care, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Real Estate, and M&A. Parker Poe litigators represent clients in such areas as commercial contract dispute resolution, antitrust, technology and intellectual property, creditors rights, torts and insurance defense, product liability, employment, covenants not to compete, and trade secret protection. It’s regulatory and governmental relations attorneys provide legal counsel to businesses, municipalities and others on environmental, employment, employee benefits, transportation, and land use and zoning matters, as well as governmental relations involving legislative and executive branches of government. And the transactional team provides the full range of corporate and commercial legal services for established and emerging local, regional, national, foreign, and multinational clients.

More than 35 years ago, Parker Poe was the first Carolinas-based firm with a dedicated international practice group. The practice was an outgrowth of the firm’s service to companies based in Germany. Today, its international practice represents clients based across Europe and Asia, as well as in Africa, Australia, and South America. Parker Poe is also a member of two international legal networks to help global businesses navigate their legal issues: TerraLex and the Employment Law Alliance.

Civic Engagement

Parker Poe’s attorneys are known to be enmeshed in their respective communities. Firm lawyers have served as mayors, city attorneys, state legislators, and Supreme Court justices. They have served on boards of universities and K-12 schools and have been elected as presidents of the state bar and state and local bar associations. Members of the firm—lawyers and staff—have also been deeply involved in charitable and arts organizations.

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein L.L.P

401 South Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-1935
Phone: (704) 372-9000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Thomas N. Griffin
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
150 - 250

Employment Contact

Morgan L. Fey
Director of Talent Acquisition
(704) 335-2731

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Atlanta, GA
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Columbia, SC
Greenville, SC
Raleigh, NC
Spartanburg, SC
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Administrative Law
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Banking & Capital Markets
Business Law
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Employment & Labor
Financial Restructuring & Insolvency
Government & Public Policy
Intellectual Property
International Business
Investment Funds
Land Use & Zoning
Mergers, Acquisitions, & Joint Ventures
Private Equity
Product Liability & Mass Tort
Real Estate
*See firm website for additional departments and specific practice areas and industries