David E. Fox - Moore & Van Allen PLLC

David E. Fox

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 919-286-8069

David Fox has devoted his more than 30 year legal career to managing complex litigation cases at Moore & Van Allen.

  • He has tried complicated multi-week jury trials in both the State and Federal Courts of North Carolina.  Those include the defense of a mass tort action involving over 170 plaintiffs.
  • He has also represented parties in complex arbitration proceedings, including a five-week hearing which resolved mass tort claims for injuries claimed as a result of exposure to contaminated groundwater and related class action property claims brought on behalf of property owners in an area of several square miles. 
  • He has tried adversary proceedings in Federal Bankruptcy Court and administrative cases under the North Carolina Administrative Procedures Act.
  • He has also defended commercial parties in defense of products liability cases.
  • He has argued appeals before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. 
  • He has examined and cross-examined expert witnesses in trials and arbitration proceeding on a variety of disciplines, including toxicology, fate and transport of contaminants in the environment, groundwater flow, groundwater modeling and property valuation.
  • He has represented contractors and sureties in the negotiation of contracts and settlements, including in regard to surety takeovers of defaulted construction projects.
  • He is admitted in and has handled cases in the Western, Middle and Eastern District Federal Courts for the State of North Carolina.
  • He defended multiple litigation challenges filed against the contractor hired to site, design, build and operate a low-level radioactive waste facility in North Carolina.  He also handled various permitting and related litigation challenges brought as obstacles to the construction of a large industrial facility in eastern North Carolina.

Mr. Fox's practice includes:

  • Commercial and business litigation, including business torts, covenants not to compete, contract disputes, trade secret and intellectual property matters.
  • Environmental litigation, including facility siting litigation, toxic torts and property damage actions related to the release of hazardous and other substances.
  • Construction and surety litigation, including disputes between owners, contractors and sureties, as well as disputes between owners, contractors and design professionals.
  • Medical malpractice defense actions.
  • Title insurance claims. 


  • Named a Raleigh Litigation- Environmental "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America, 2013.
  • Selected as a North Carolina Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1979The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillJ.D. 1982

Office Location

3015 Carrington Mill Boulevard, Suite 400
Research Triangle Park, NC 27560-6802
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Raleigh Metro Area
David E. Fox has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Environmental