Gregg McDougal - Alston & Bird LLP

Gregg McDougal

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 919-862-2206

Gregg McDougal is a trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation, including litigation arising from mergers and acquisitions, contract disputes, trade secret issues, licensing agreements, technology, corporate governance, fiduciary duty relationships and catastrophic personal injury matters. Located in the Raleigh-Durham area, Mr. McDougal has a national practice and serves as lead counsel in numerous high-profile disputes on behalf of public and private companies and individuals throughout the country. 

Mr. McDougal was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation in 2016 and the eight years immediately preceding. He was named a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" for General Litigation in 2015 and the seven years immediately preceding by Super Lawyers magazine, and he has also been named to Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" list. 

Mr. McDougal earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University and his B.S. in Finance from Miami University.

Additional Information

  • Represented a North Carolina technology company’s directors and officers in an insolvency scenario. Successfully defended the directors and officers in numerous claims that were filed after the bankruptcy.
  • Defended the former directors and officers of a technology company and related investment funds against breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other claims arising out of a merger transaction. Defended suits in State and Federal court brought by the founder of the company, a separate putative class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery filed on behalf of all common shareholders, and a suit filed against the company in Federal court.
  • Represented a Research Triangle Park pharmaceutical company/licensor in a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration in Japan and related US litigation with a pharmaceutical company/licensee involving claims of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, unfair and deceptive business practices, and fraud. At issue was the enforceability of an exclusive license providing for certain intellectual property rights, know-how, and other technical information related to a leading ophthalmological compound.
  • Represented Duke University in matters arising out of allegations made against members of the men’s Duke Lacrosse team.
  • Represents Golden Corral Corporation as national litigation counsel and has handled cases on its behalf throughout the United States.
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  • Defended one of the largest global flooring manufacturers in an action brought in Tennessee by a supplier of its molding material.
  • Represented former executives of a biotech company regarding severance agreements and change of control agreements that resulted from the company’s sale to a global pharmaceutical conglomerate.
  • Represented a North Carolina university in a ten-count complaint alleging breach of contract, fraud, and defamation regarding an alleged agreement to allow a tech company to use a technology product on the University’s campus.
  • Represented five time Olympic medal winner Marion Jones in several matters including a defamation dispute.
  • Represented a Malaysian corporation in a breach of contract action against singer-songwriter and actor Kenny Rogers.
  • Represented a well-known college football head coach in a dispute with a large university after he was terminated.
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  • Represented the surviving spouse and daughter of an executive who was killed by a large truck as he was walking to his office in Charlotte. He was in a crosswalk and had the walk signal when the truck failed to yield the right of way. Our investigation revealed that the defendant’s trucks had been making the same alleged illegal maneuver every fifteen minutes during every working day for several years. After he was killed, the trucking company failed to change its practices and even failed to change its practices after suit was filed. The case was settled at mediation for an amount that was one of the largest ever for a wrongful death case in Mecklenburg County.
  • Represented a client whose wife and daughter were killed when a truck driver ran through a stop sign. Untrained immigrant workers were required to drive the company’s trucks. This case resulted in one of the largest wrongful death recoveries in North Carolina.
  • Represented the family of a special needs adult who died from scald burns while a resident in a specialized facility that left the client in an unattended bathtub filled with superheated water. Two of the defendant’s employees were charged with manslaughter. Following an extensive discovery period, the matter was settled for an amount that was one of the largest wrongful death settlements in the State of South Carolina.
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Case History

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Defended $100 Million case against former directors and officers of high technology company and related investment funds against breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other claims following a merger transaction. Lead counsel in suit in State and Federal Court in Louisiana brought by the founder of the company, a separate putative class action in the Delaware Court of Chancery filed on behalf of all common shareholders, and various insurance coverage disputes with two insurers, including a suit filed on behalf of the company in Federal Court in North Carolina.


Lead Counsel, representing Duke University in a high-profile dispute involving Duke’s lacrosse team.


Represent a putative class of workers employed by the State of North Carolina for longer than twelve consecutive months who were denied benefits, in violation of North Carolina law.  Potential damages are well over $100 million.


Lead Counsel, represented Golden Corral in a dispute with its largest franchisee, which operates 42 Golden Corral restaurants across the United States.  Cases were filed in North Carolina and Texas.


Lead Counsel, represented a technology company’s directors and officers in one of the largest cases ever filed in North Carolina, an “Enron”-type case arising out of the company’s bankruptcy that involved numerous and complex claims against its former directors and officers.

Client Comments

"Gregg consistently demonstrates why he is called upon to represent clients in the most complex and difficult cases. He regularly demonstrates the ability to break the most complex issues into their component parts, and to think through all of the ancillary issues that often sidetrack a case. His skills at preparing witnesses and organizing arguments and facts are at the highest level, and as a result his approach is clear and concise, and always focuses on the desired outcome."

Office Location

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 4000
101 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28280-4000
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation