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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 100 lawyers in the State of North Carolina in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Devon Collins

Associate
Devon is an associate in the firm’s litigation section. Before joining Bailey & Dixon, Devon worked for a firm in Raleigh doing medical malpractice defense.

Philip A. Collins

Partner
Phil Collins practices primarily in the areas of employment law, state and federal personnel law, civil rights, constitutional law, personal injury, and insurance coverage. He is an experienced trial attorney who has represented a diverse array of individuals including state employees, law enforcement officers, teachers, healthcare professionals, lawyers, and business owners, among others.

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.

Chad Dunn

Partner
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.

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.

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.

Jeffrey D. McKinney

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

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.

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.

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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