Harrison A. Lord

CONTACT INFORMATION

[email protected]
704-457-1010

EDUCATION

  • Washington University School of Law (J.D., with Honors, 2006)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B. in Classics and History, 2002)

ADMISSIONS

  • US District Court for the Western District of NC
  • US District Court for the Middle District of NC
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of NC
  • North Carolina State Courts

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2019
  • Legal Elite in Litigation, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2015-2016, 2018-2024
  • Legal Elite in Business, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2017, 2019-2021
  • Legal Elite in Appellate, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2020
  • Legal Elite in Corporate Counsel, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2018-2019
  • Legal Elite in Young Gun, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2014-2016, 2019
  • Super Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2020-2024
  • "Rising Star" in Commercial Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2017
  • "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation,  2022-2024
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Charles F. Blanchard Outstanding Young Lawyer, North Carolina Bar Association, 2010-2011
  • Associate Editor, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
  • Judge John W. Calhoun Trial Practice Award, Washington University School of Law
  • Scholars in Law Merit-Based Scholarship, Washington University School of Law
  • Monogram Award, Varsity Fencing Team, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll, Varsity Fencing Team, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BIOGRAPHY

Harrison A. Lord is a managing member of Lord & Lindley, PLLC. His practice focuses on fiduciary litigation with an emphasis on closely held businesses, shareholder disputes, trust and estate litigation, and business law and commercial litigation. Harrison is also a certified Superior Court mediator, and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Harrison is a trial lawyer. In that role, he’s tried cases before judges and juries all over North Carolina. But first and foremost, Harrison is a problem solver. His focus is always on getting the best result for his clients, and helping them find the solution that works for them and their business. Sometimes that means a trial. Oftentimes, though, the best result requires a more creative solution. Whenever possible, Harrison helps his clients make good business decisions, so they can avoid disputes in the first place.

Harrison’s peers have recognized him for his abilities and hard work. He’s received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, Business North Carolina has named him as among the Legal Elite in the Litigation (2015-2016, 2018-2024), Business (2017, 2019-2021), Appellate (2020), Corporate Counsel (2018-2019), and Young Gun (2014-2016, 2019) categories, and he’s been named as a Super Lawyer Rising Star (2014-2017) and as a Super Lawyer (2020-2024). Harrison has also been recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" (2022-2024) for commercial litigation, is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. A member of the Charter Class of the North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy and the recipient of the 2010-2011 Charles F. Blanchard Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Harrison is a Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Harrison grew up in Harnett County, North Carolina, before attending high school at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. He received his A.B. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in Classics and History. While in college, Harrison twice earned the Monogram Award as a member of the varsity fencing team, and was listed three times on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Harrison graduated with honors from the Washington University School of Law. He was awarded a Scholars in Law merit-based scholarship and served as Associate Editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. At graduation, Harrison received the Judge John W. Calhoun Trial Practice Award in recognition of his talent for and dedication to trial work.

Representative Work

  • Successfully set aside confirmation of tax sale and obtained an order for restitution for a client whose home was wrongfully foreclosed upon. After oral argument to the Court of Appeals, the court upheld the restitution order and further agreed with our client that she was not properly served. The Supreme Court denied further review.

    Cnty. of Mecklenburg v. Ryan, 2022-NCCOA-90, ¶ 43, 281 N.C. App. 646, 659–60, 871 S.E.2d 110, 120, review denied, 891 S.E.2d 287 (2023).

 

  • Received a judgment for breach of contract after a trial. On appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's judgment based on the defendant's modification of the contract.

    Citibank, N.A. v. Michaux, 240 N.C. App. 293, 772 S.E.2d 264 (2015).

 

  • Obtained summary judgment for breach of contract. After oral argument, the Court of Appeals upheld the decision and (in what appears to be the first North Carolina appellate decision addressing the use of DocuSign and similar services) affirmed the summary judgment on the basis of ratification.

    IO Moonwalkers, Inc. v. Banc of Am. Merch. Servs., LLC, 258 N.C. App. 618, 624–25, 814 S.E.2d 583, 588 (2018).

  • Successfully argued for dismissal of all claims against our client. On appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed on the basis that the election of remedies doctrine barred the plaintiff's claims against our client.

    Medport, Inc. v. Smith, 265 N.C. App. 601, 827 S.E.2d 344 (2019).

  • Obtained summary judgment on breach of contract claim; affirmed at the Court of Appeals.

    Citibank, S. Dakota, N.A. v. Gable, 231 N.C. App. 713, 754 S.E.2d 258 (2014).

  • Successfully appealed summary judgment granted against our client; on appeal, the Court of Appeals not only overturned the trial court's order, but remanded with instructions to issue summary judgment in our client's favor.

    NewBridge Bank v. Kotis Holdings, LLC, 222 N.C. App. 635, 731 S.E.2d 275 (2012).

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow

Presentations

CLE Faculty Topics:

  • Post-Judgment Collections
  • North Carolina Judgments
  • Supplemental Proceedings
  • All Star Trial Advocacy: Closing Arguments
  • Mediation For Business Lawyers and In-House Counsel

Publications

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Attorney: Charlotte Hebrew Cemetery
  • Committee Member: Temple Beth El
  • Charlotte Site Chair: NCBA 4ALL | Lawyers on Call