Pamela Duffy joined the firm of Sharpless & Stavola on January 1, 2015, having previously been with the firm of Wishart Norris P.A. where she practiced civil litigation since 1991. Pamela focuses her practice on business litigation and estate litigation, handling matters statewide in a diverse set of industries in both federal and state trial courts as well as appellate courts. In her trust and estate litigation practices, she has represented both beneficiaries and defended fiduciaries. In her business litigation practice, she primarily represents closely held companies and professions in contract disputes, business torts, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property disputes, and employment matters. As much as she enjoys trying a case to a conclusion, she also works to try to find practical business solutions for her client where possible and desirable.
Tobacco Square v. Putnam County Bank — Obtained summary judgment enforcing a $5 million deed of trust for a small community bank. The debtor had challenged the sufficiency of the description of the indebtedness, and the parties cross-moved for summary judgment. Summary judgment was granted to the bank. This case further developed North Carolina law, as applied in bankruptcy courts, on enforceability of deeds of trust.
Bogovich v. Strange — Pamela obtained a $522,000 jury verdict, of which $500,000 was punitive damages, in a shareholder dispute in a family held business. She also defeated the adverse party's claims of $1.2 million in its entirety, in a subsequent bench trial. The bench trial involved numerous transactions extending back over several decades. The verdicts were subsequently both upheld on appeal.
Bradley Barnes Construction Company v. Lea Development Company — Pamela obtained an arbitration award of $548,624 for a contractor (which was the full amount of the contractor's claims) on a multicontract construction obligation in which the property owner's seven figure counterclaims were denied in total. The case involved complex construction accounting issues.
Lacey v. Kirk — This was an estate litigation matter which was tried to a jury in January of 2014. We successfully represented the beneficiaries in claims against the executrix for breach of fiduciary duty in failing to make distributions, and a related defamation claim. The jury awarded $13,000 in actual damages, $50,000 in presumed damages for defamation, and $700,000 in punitive damages. We were also successful in estate proceedings in removing the executrix. The jury verdict was recently upheld by the Court of Appeals, and was remanded for the Trial Court to consider an additional attorney fee award in our favor.
Mid Carolina Bank v. Bhojwani et al — Obtained and collected seven figure judgment for community bank on a defaulted loan, including claims for default on note, multiple foreclosures, claim and delivery of equipment, enforcement of guarantees, fraud claims, and fraudulent conveyance claims. The matter involved complicated claims and defenses as to liability, and extensive post-judgment collection proceedings to enforce the judgment.