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A Top Legal Team

Always in your corner

Bailey & Dixon’s litigation attorneys are experienced in all facets of litigation on behalf of a broad variety of businesses as well as individuals. We focus on constructing the best possible resolution on behalf of our clients whether it be an innovative and cost-effective early resolution or aggressive, protracted litigation. The firm is AV rated and included in the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Our litigators have been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and the Legal Elite. Our practice covers a broad spectrum of litigation, including complex contract and tort litigation; professional malpractice defense; lending institution liability; municipal and law enforcement liability; employment and labor law; land use and condemnation; securities; class action disputes; and all features of insurance law.

Integrity above all

We try cases throughout North Carolina in both state and federal court and appear in all state and federal appellate courts. Our goal is to provide our clients with litigation representation grounded upon excellence, ethics, effective communication, and responsiveness.

Our Commercial Litigation Attorneys

Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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.
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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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Commercial Litigation, Bailey Dixon

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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