Reid Phillips represents clients in commercial litigation in federal and state courts, with experience in contracts, securities, antitrust, unfair competition, copyright and trademark infringement, covenants not to compete, professional malpractice, wrongful death and personal injury cases. He has tried lawsuits in all of the largest North Carolina cities and in many smaller ones as well.
Honors & Awards
- Won defense verdict in state court insurance coverage lawsuit following nine-day jury trial.
- Won $4 million summary judgment in federal court for seller of corporate assets in dispute over earn-out provision in sales contract.
- Won federal court dismissal of patent licensing dispute on forum non conveniens grounds.
- Successfully argued before the North Carolina Court of Appeals to affirm $2.7 million jury verdict in dispute between business owners.
- Successfully defended bank in class action brought by customers claiming excessive NSF charges.
Professional and Community Activities
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2013-present
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation; "Lawyer of the Year" in Banking and Finance Litigation (2015)
- Named by his peers as one of North Carolina's "Super Lawyers" in Business Litigation; Top 100, Law & Politics magazine
- Recognized as member of the "Legal Elite" in Litigation by Business North Carolina magazine
- Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: General Commercial (2008-2016)
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Chair, War Memorial Commission (Greensboro Coliseum Complex), 2014-2015
- Chair Elect, Community Foundation of Greensboro, 2014-2015
- Chair, LeBauer Park Steering Committee, 2013-present
- Member, North Carolina Board of Law Examiners, 2011-2013
- Chair, Greensboro Metropolitan YMCA, 2005-2007
- Member, Board of Directors, Weatherspoon Art Museum Association, 2009-2015
- Master, Joseph Branch Inn of Court
- Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- Chair, Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2006-2008
- Director, Greensboro Bar Association, 1992-1993, 2004-2006
- President, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, 1997-1998
OBX-Stock, Inc. v. BiCast, Incorporated — In February 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for our client, the defendant, in this trademark infringement case. Plaintiff claimed that OBX, first used by it as an abbreviation for the Outer Banks in black letters on white oval stickers, gave rise to its trademark and that Defendant had infringed that trademark by its sale of oval stickers with "OB Xtreme" in pink script. The Fourth Circuit concluded that OBX is a geographically descriptive abbreviation, which has no secondary meaning and therefore is not a valid trademark.
In re Pedestrian Walkway Failure Litigation — Following the collapse of the pedestrian walkway at the Lowe''s Motor Speedway in May 2000, more than one hundred persons made claims against the owner of the walkway and the manufacturer of a walkway component that failed. Many of the claims resulted in lawsuits and trials, lasting until June 2007. I represented Tindall Corporation in those cases, as well as in the successful defense of a lawsuit for indemnification brought by the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Inc. in 2007.