Gary S. Parsons - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Gary S. Parsons

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Gary Parsons handles trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina and adjoining states. He has represented clients in the energy, pharmaceutical, automotive, internet information, healthcare, communications and insurance industries.

Gary represents businesses ranging in size from Fortune 100 to regional and local companies, as well as local governments. He has litigated business disputes, intellectual property, antitrust, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, mass tort, lawyer malpractice, civil rights, and insurance coverage and bad faith claims. He also has significant experience in litigating regulatory disputes and professional disciplinary hearings before state administrative agencies.

Gary has participated in over 75 trials and over 125 appeals. He has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He also appears regularly before all three U.S. Districts Courts in North Carolina and the North Carolina Business Court. In addition, Gary has appeared in the trial courts of over 70 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

When Gary was voted the Top Litigation Attorney in North Carolina in a 2005 poll of North Carolina lawyers conducted by Business North Carolina Magazine, the then-President of the North Carolina Bar Association told the publication “If I were in trouble, he is the lawyer I would call for help.”

Chambers USA’s 2014 rankings report stated: “Gary Parsons of Troutman Sanders LLP is acclaimed for his command of high-stakes trial and appellate work. ‘He is so practical’ and ‘represents his client in an effective way without accruing undue costs,’ sources say.”

North Carolina State UniversityBS 1974University of North Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1977
North Carolina Association of Defense AttorneysLitigation Counsel of America American Board of Trial AdvocatesNorth Carolina Bar AssociationWake County Bar AssociationDefense Research InstituteAmerican Bar Association

Client Comments

"Gary Parsons is a southern gentleman in all aspects, but he is a warrior with class in the courtroom."

-William Little
Assistant City Attorney
City of Greenville, NC

"What makes a client want to retain any attorney in hundreds of cases over 30 years? In my situation, I retain Gary Parsons because I have confidence that he has the expertise to handle complex litigation in a timely, effective, and professional manner. I know of no one better at reducing factually intensive cases down to its basic elements and then succinctly addressing each complex issue in clear and easily understandable terms. He knows how to strengthen his argument using a better choice of words, than with more words. He is known and respected by the bench and bar, and appreciated by his clients."

-John Hester
Senior Claims Counsel, Corp Secretary
Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina

"Gary Parsons is hardworking and thorough. We will receive a same-day response to a question or concern. He is great to work with. Even something that is routine, Gary takes time to answer and respond. Gary is one of kind -- the best kind."

-William Little
Assistant City Attorney
City of Greenville, NC

"Gary Parsons is very thorough. His preparation is a hallmark. He has excellent courtroom skills."

"Gary Parsons is straightforward, hardworking, and responsive to the needs of the client. Integrity and determination are at the top of the list of characteristics that would describe Gary Parsons."

-William Little
Assistant City Attorney
City of Greenville, NC

"Gary Parsons is a skilled litigator, well respected by both his peers and his clients."

"Gary Parsons is a superstar."

"I have had the great pleasure to work with Attorney Gary Parsons for more than 25 years. He is one of the finest attorneys I have ever known. He regularly defends other attorneys in legal malpractice cases as well as assists plaintiff attorneys in claims repair activities to keep their case from being dismissed due to some civil procedure issue. His firm is very efficient and provides immediate attention to any request. Gary is always completely prepared and professional when he is in court. He represents his client with courtesy and civility and extends that respect to everyone involved. Gary is very well-known to both the bench and bar, and everyone holds him in high regard in the legal community. I have never known a finer attorney. I would recommend Gary in any complicated civil matter or commercial litigation."

-John Hester
Senior Claims Counsel, Corp Secretary
Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina

"Experienced, practical, and thorough, Gary Parsons is among the very best lawyers in North Carolina for sophisticated courtroom work. I am very pleased to have Gary working with us. If you have a high exposure tort case with a high probability of going to trial, Gary Parsons is your man."

-Charlie Madison
Associate General Counsel - Tort & Commercial Litigation
Progress Energy

"I have worked with Gary in my roles as in-house counsel and in claims management in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. While Gary is very well liked and well respected among his peers, what is critical from a client's perspective is his easy accessibility, the depth and breadth of his knowledge of insurance law, and his ability to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of a particular case and develop a winning game plan for his client. Gary is one of the most effective litigators with whom I have ever had the privilege to work. He can be an aggressive advocate when warranted, always keeping the best interest of his client as his primary focus."

-Valerie Loftin
Vice President, Claims
Lincoln Financial

Office Location

Wells Fargo Capitol Center, Suite 1700
150 Fayetteville Street
P.O. Box 1800
Raleigh, NC 27602
United States

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Appellate, Complex Litigation, Large Case Litigation, Product Liability)
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (Appellate, Lawyer Ethics)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Catastrophic Injury, Product Liability, Public Liability, Wrongful Death)

Other Information

Gender: Male