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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.

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.

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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