Bradley Welcomes Five Attorneys to Charlotte Office

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Bradley is pleased to announce that Corby C. Anderson and Christopher C. Lam have joined the firm as partners in the Litigation Practice Group, and Theodore “Ted” P. Pearce joins as counsel in the Corporate Practice Group.

In addition, Matthew S. DeAntonio joins the firm as senior attorney, and Jonathan E. Schulz joins the firm as associate. All of the attorneys will practice in the firm’s Charlotte office and previously were with Nexsen Pruet.

“We are delighted to have this talented team join our ranks,” said Bradley Arant Charlotte office managing partner Dana C. Lumsden. “Their deep bench of experience with franchising, intellectual property, and business litigation matters is an ideal match that will serve our clients well.”

“We are thrilled that this well-respected group has added such strength to our Charlotte office by boosting our capabilities in areas that are so important to our clients,” said Bradley Arant’s Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Beau Grenier.

Corby Anderson’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on franchising, intellectual property, and new media. She represents clients in trials and appeals involving trademark, copyright, trade secret, patent, unfair competition, and false advertising claims as well as other contract and business tort disputes. She has defended business clients in class actions involving franchise, contract, and investment disputes. She counsels clients on privacy policies, terms of use, advertising, and social media. She is a certified mediator. She also served as a special master in a major government contract case, following a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Ms. Anderson is a sought-after speaker and author on intellectual property, privacy, and franchise issues. She founded a Franchise Business Network in Charlotte, co- sponsored by the International Franchise Association, and she earned the IFA’s Certified Franchise Executive designation. She is recognized regularly in Business North Carolina magazine’s as “Legal Elite” and in Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Franchise Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, and Trademark Law. Ms. Anderson is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Franchise Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association, and serves as an adviser to the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising. She has served on the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Board of Directors, and on various committees of the Mecklenburg County Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. She served on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte - College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council and on the Boards of Directors of Kids Voting North Carolina and Kids Voting Mecklenburg County. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the College of William & Mary.

Chris Lam has a diverse litigation practice, representing clients ranging from individuals to public corporations in disputes related to contracts, earn-outs, trade secrets, business torts, product liability, LLCs and partnerships, defamation, non-competes, and private equity investments. He also regularly counsels clients in business issues and contract drafting and negotiation. He practices in state and federal courts across the country and has experience in jury trials and arbitrations. Mr. Lam has leadership involvement with many professional and civic groups, including the International Association of Defense Counsel, North Carolina Courts Commission, North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Administration of Justice Committee, North Carolina State Board of Law Examiners Bar Candidate Committee, and the Mecklenburg County Bar, where he serves as Secretary. He has also held numerous leadership roles with Duke University, including current service on the Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors, Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee, and Duke Engage Charlotte Steering Committee. He is a former member of the Duke University Board of Trustees.

Mr. Lam is recognized in several professional rankings and publications, including: Chambers & Partners USA - “Leading Individual” in Litigation: General Commercial; Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation; North Carolina Super Lawyer®; North Carolina “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina; and a Benchmark Litigation Future Star. He earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Chancellors Scholar, and a B.A., cum laude, from Duke University, where he was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar and Harry S. Truman Scholar.

With his entire career focused on franchising, Ted Pearce had spent 30 years managing the legal affairs of large global franchise systems including Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc., MAACO Auto Painting, and Econo Lube & Tune. In his capacity as General Counsel of these iconic brands, he handled a variety of litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Pearce has had significant involvement and leadership roles with the International Franchise Association, the ABA Forum on Franchising, Association of Corporate Counsel, American Association of Franchisees and Dealers, and the North Carolina Bar Association. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America - Franchise Law, 2016, and is a prolific speaker and author on national and international legal concerns in the franchise industry. He earned a J.D. from Syracuse University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

Matt DeAntonio is a business litigator with a focus on complex commercial disputes. A significant portion of his practice involves franchise, trademark, and business contract matters. Mr. DeAntonio has leadership roles within the Mecklenburg County Bar and participated in the Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute in 2014. He earned a B.S. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Jonathan Schulz practices business and commercial litigation, with a focus on disputes related to contracts, earn-outs, and business torts at both the trial and appellate levels. He clerked for Chief Judge William B. Traxler, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Schulz earned a J.D. from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.

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