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Bailey & Dixon’s team of attorneys are among the most experienced and trusted in North Carolina. Working in a collegial environment, we are distinguished by our commitment to integrity and proven track record of success. Our partners and associates provide the experience and expertise of a large firm coupled with personal attention and a desire to help resolve legal issues with cost-effectiveness in mind. Litigation. Counsel. Representation before State Commissions and Professional Boards. We do it all and more.

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Patrick Buffkin

Associate
Patrick Buffkin practices primarily in the areas of energy and utilities law and other areas of administrative law. He is certified as a specialist in Utilities Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and worked on the Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission prior to joining Bailey & Dixon.
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David S. Coats

Co-Managing Partner
David Coats is the firm's co-managing partner and senior litigation partner. He has been recognized by and peer selected for The Best Lawyers in America: Business North Carolina Magazine's Legal Elite; and Charlotte Magazine's North Carolina Super Lawyers and has been named by North Carolina Super Lawyers as one of the Top I00 lawyers in the State of North Carolina in 2019, in 2020, and in 2021.
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Philip A. Collins

Partner
Phil Collins is an attorney in the firm’s litigation section. He practices primarily in the areas of insurance claims and coverage matters, employment law, personal injury defense, construction litigation, and premises liability.
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J.T. Crook

Partner
John "J.T." Crook is an attorney in the firm’s litigation section, regularly representing businesses, financial institutions, municipal police departments, insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of civil litigation matters.
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Cody R. Loughridge

Partner
Cody R. Loughridge represents corporate and individual clients in complex civil litigation, including construction, commercial collections, contract interpretation, and various other debtor-creditor disputes.
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Jeffrey D. McKinney

Partner
Jeff has represented clients through formation, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate governance and compliance, commercial contract negotiations and much more.
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Robert H. Merritt, Jr.

Co-Managing Partner
Robert H. Merritt, Jr. (“Robin”) merged his practice with the firm in 2003. He has practiced law in Raleigh, N.C. for over 40 years and concentrates his practice on tax controversies, business acquisitions and divestitures, real estate, commercial litigation and banking law.
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David S. Wisz

Partner
David Wisz regularly represents insurance companies and their insureds in a variety of civil litigation matters. His broad insurance experience ranges from personal injury defense litigation, construction defect litigation, and homeowners’ association litigation.
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Chad Dunn

Associate
Chad is an attorney in the firm's litigation section, where he regularly represents and defends individuals, businesses, landlords, insurers and their insureds in a variety of civil actions throughout courts across North Carolina.
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Christina Cress

Of Counsel
Christina Cress practices primarily in the areas of energy & utilities law, employment law, and administrative law, including occupational and professional licensing matters.
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Sabra J. Faires

Of Counsel
Sabra Faires concentrates her practice in government law, specifically in the areas of administrative law, elections and political law, and taxation.
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Jeff Gray

Of Counsel
A trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of civil and regulatory litigation, Jeff Gray has represented individuals and business entities as both plaintiffs and defendants.
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Charles F. McDarris

Of Counsel
Charles McDarris practices primarily in the area of administrative, municipal and regulatory law as well as general litigation.
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Ralph McDonald

Retired
Ralph "Bo" McDonald’s legal work focuses on administrative and regulatory law, banking and credit union law, municipal law, governmental affairs, public utilities, business law and commercial real estate law.
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J. Heydt Philbeck

Of Counsel
Heydt Philbeck concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, contract disputes, unfair business practices, state and federal personnel law, constitutional law, civil rights and occupational licensing.
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