Cal is a Partner in our Winston-Salem office. He is an experienced litigator, having tried dozens of jury trials in state and federal courts, and numerous non-jury matters, including many declaratory judgment trials. For the past ten years his practice has primarily focused on: insurance coverage litigation; providing insurance coverage opinions; FINRA arbitrations; and major class action cases.

He has defended Products Liability Actions against manufacturers and sellers of allegedly defective products including pharmaceuticals, automobiles, yachts, motorcycles, cranes, furniture, household items, dyes, food products, building and construction supplies, toys, and sporting equipment.

Cal has spent decades litigating on behalf of the construction industry, representing clients in construction defect cases and defending construction companies on behalf of the firm’s insurance company clients.

His diverse experience also includes: directors’ and officers’ liability coverage and litigation; cyberinsurance coverage; ERISA litigation; commercial arbitration; FINRA arbitration; aviation litigation; fiduciary litigation; claims related to stock purchase agreements; EMTALA investigations; and defending errors and omissions claims against insurance agents and brokers.

Presentations and Publications

•    Coverage Under A CGL Policy and Under a Business Auto Policy, Chartis Adjusters, Alpharetta, GA. (2011).
•    Hot Topics: Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, Wake Forest University School of Law Insurance Update (2007).
•    Navigating the D&O Minefield, Bank Directors Assembly, the North Carolina Bankers Association (2006).
•    Insurance Coverage Issues in the 21st Century: Key Issues in the Aftermath of 9/11, Including Definition of Occurrence, Late Notice, Duty to Defend, and Business Interruption Coverage, North Carolina Bar Association Insurance From A-Z: A Primer on Insurance Law (2003).
•    Trigger of Coverage in North Carolina, Business Insurance, December 4, (2000).
•    North Carolina Environmental Law Handbook, Environmental Insurance (1994).

Professional Activities

Bar Associations:

  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Former Member, North Carolina Young Lawyers Division (Served as Chairman, Citizenship Education Committee and Member, Executive Council)

Legal Services:

  • President, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina, 1996-2008
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2007-2009
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2002-2009, 2013-2015
  • Chair of Statewide Fundraising, Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2009-present
  • Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force 2013-2015, Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2007-present
  • Vice Chair, North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, 2006-present

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2008 – Present
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, 2008 - 2013, 2017, 2018
Experience

Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

  • Represented Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the Phen-Fen litigation in North Carolina.
  • Represented American Medical Systems in pelvic mesh multi-district litigation.
  • Represented the Home Insurance Company as national coordinating counsel for environmental coverage litigation involving over 100 pollution sites in eight states.
  • Represented Triad Guaranty in mortgage insurance litigation.
  • Represented condominium owners in a large construction defect case against the general contractor, architect and the various subcontractors.
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Bar admissions

1981, North Carolina

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • J.D., 1981, Wake Forest University of School of Law
    • cum laude
  • B.A., 1978, Wake Forest University
    • Hankins Scholar