Ben Norman is a litigator who represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the North Carolina Business Court. Most of his work involves failed business relationships, typically involving claims of breach of contract, fraud and unfair or deceptive trade practices.
As a former law clerk in the North Carolina Business Court, Ben has represented clients in dozens of matters in the Business Court and been involved in numerous other matters for clients of the firm. Ben avidly follows the opinions of the Court and regularly appears in its courtrooms.
Ben has significant experience handling disputes involving complex legal and procedural issues, high stakes, high volumes of documents, case management issues, and often multiple venues. For example, Ben was involved in litigation related to a commercial development and interest rate swaps in Virginia that spawned lawsuits in federal courts in Virginia, Texas and New York.
Ben has an active practice in the federal courts of North Carolina and has been involved in cases in federal courts throughout the east, southeast and south.
Ben is experienced in coordinating appeals from inception to completion in state and federal courts.
Ben represents private companies, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and partnerships in disputes related to ownership, dissolution, rights and duties related to the management and operation of those businesses.
Ben has provided representation of individuals and entities in tax controversies against both federal and state tax authorities.
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation (2021)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Litigation (2019)
Selected for Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List" (2017, 2018)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2013-2018)
Recognized by BTI Consulting for exceptional client service as one of 354 Client Service All-Stars nationwide (2015)
"NC Business Court: Year in Review." CLE Co-presenter, February 2017
"NC Business Court: Year in Review." CLE Co-presenter, February 2016
"Business Court: What North Carolina Companies need to know." Business North Carolina, Co-author, May 2015
"The North Carolina Business Court: A General Overview and Practice Tips." CPE presenter, March 2015
“New Laws Concerning the North Carolina Business Court: What You Need to Know.” NCPA Forum Magazine, Winter 2014-2015
“The Electronic Courtroom and Complex Litigation in the North Carolina Business Court: An Introduction.” CLE Co-presenter, October 2007
“Changes at the North Carolina Business Court, Learn to Utilize this Resource.” NCPA Forum Magazine, Summer 2006
“Changes at North Carolina Business Court, Brooks Pierce Lawyers are Active and Involved.” Legal Topics Bulletin, March 2006
“Effects of the Shift of the Burden of Proof in the Disposition of Tax Cases.” 38 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1357 (2003)
I played sports growing up and remain a huge fan. I enjoy litigation as it allows me to fuel my competitive nature while working with my clients, i.e. teammates, for the victory. Unlike a game, however, the matters that I am involved in are of such significance to my clients that their businesses may succeed or fail based on the outcome. I am driven to honor the trust and faith of our clients to secure their present and future.