Legal Elite – Antitrust 2013
NOEL ALLEN, Allen, Pinnix and Nichols PA, Raleigh
While attending Elon University, I served as president of its Student Government Association. That experience taught me a lot about public service, leadership, prioritization, achieving goals and the value of appreciating both sides of a dispute.
Vita: Born Oct. 23, 1947, in Greensboro; bachelor’s degree from Elon University, law degree from UNC Chapel Hill and postgraduate law in international competition at University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands; wife and two children.
What he’d be if not a lawyer? I was accepted to seminary as well as law school. Once in a while, I still catch myself preaching rather than arguing..
Memorable case: Delta v. Vishay. My client was a North Carolina-based manufacturer that distributed its products around the world. A third-party broker brought antitrust claims against the company in California regarding alleged territorial and price restrictions for sales into Korea. We were able to get a California federal court to dismiss those claims. Subsequently, we successfully sued the third-party broker in North Carolina for unfair business practices.
Passions: Elon University. I have been a member of its board of trustees since 1985 and have served as chair of the board, three long-range planning committees and the presidential search committee.
Why he chose to specialize in this field: he program in Amsterdam dealt with the transborder implications of antitrust jurisdiction and enforcement. The subjects combined my interests in international, trade-regulation and administrative law.
Favorite book: Carl Sandburg’s multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln.
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Noel L. Allen, Allen, Pinnix & Nichols PA, Raleigh;
Daniel G. Clodfelter, Moore & Van Allen PLL C, Charlotte;
James L.S. Cobb, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LL P, Raleigh;
W. Andrew Copenhaver, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLL C, Winston-Salem;
Alan W. Duncan, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLLLP, Greensboro;
Gary R. Govert, N.C. Department of Justice, Raleigh;
John F. Graybeal, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LL P, Raleigh;
Denise M. Gunter, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LL P, Winston-Salem;
Henry L. Kitchin Jr., McGuireWoods LL P, Wilmington;
George L. Little Jr., Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LL P, Winston-Salem;
Larry S. McDevitt, The Van Winkle Law Firm, Asheville;
Michael T. Medford, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh;
Pressly M. Millen, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLL C, Raleigh;
Lawrence C. Moore III, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte;
Jeffrey Oleynick, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLLLP, Greensboro;
William L. Rickard Jr., Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LL P, Charlotte;
Jonathan D. Sasser, Ellis & Winters LL P, Cary;
Robin K. Vinson, Nexsen Pruet LL C, Raleigh.