Senior Litigation Attorney Gary W. Jackson

Fighting for the Deserving Underserved

Attorney Gary Jackson
919.287.5683

Litigation attorney Gary Jackson joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2017. Gary has over 37 years’ legal experience, 22 of which he has devoted to representing plaintiffs in numerous multi-million dollar claims.

Jackson has tried cases in the areas of consumer protection, construction litigation, business litigation, class actions, mass torts, products liability, medical negligence, nursing home negligence, estate disputes, and trucking litigation.

After a combined 15 years as a litigation associate with Baker & Mackenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms, and as a partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in North Carolina, Gary felt a tug to switch from defense litigation to plaintiff’s litigation. In 1995 Gary left “big firm” practice to represent individuals and small business owners, primarily against large corporate entities.

“After 15 years of practicing with large law firms whose claims to fame were representing corporate interests, I decided to take a different path. I realized that my background and values didn’t line up with advancing the interests of cigarette manufacturers, banks, insurance companies, and other powerful interests. When I did represent those clients, I got cases – however meritless – that were dropped on my desk. They were “institutional” clients that had to be represented, whatever the merit of claims against them. Those corporate entities had enormous resources to fight and obstruct. So I decided to represent people and small businesses who should expect the same quality of advocacy as their well-healed adversaries. Now, I evaluate cases based on their merit, not on the hourly fees I could amass. I no longer handle cases because a corporate client might be able to mount a questionable defense and have the money to pay for that. The cases we pursue are for people. People who deserve justice, but don’t have the resources of my former clients. I sleep a lot better now, and I get up earlier.”

Gary holds leadership positions in several national and state legal organizations, such as the American Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He frequently speaks throughout the country at educational programs for lawyers and authors articles addressing current legal trends and developments.

North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine has designated Gary a “North Carolina Super Lawyer1” every year since 2006 for Class Actions and Mass Torts. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 he was designated one of the ‘top 100 lawyers in North Carolina1’ and in 2013 and 2015 among the ‘top 25 lawyers in Charlotte1’. Gary has been recognized by Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elites2” in 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2013. He is a charter fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and holds an AV pre-eminent rating (the highest peer-review rating) from Martindale-Hubbell3.

In 2012, Gary was invited by noted trial lawyer Gerry Spence to his nationally acclaimed Trial Lawyers College on his 400,000-acre Wyoming ranch. This unique and one of its kind institution is dedicated to helping lawyers and judges “obtain justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned, and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression.4"

Practice Areas:

Personal Injury
Consumer Protection
Construction Litigation
Business Litigation
Class Actions
Mass Torts
Products Liability
Medical Negligence
Nursing Home Negligence
Estate Disputes
Trucking Litigation

Law School:

Duke University School of Law
1979 J.D.
1977–1979 Duke Law Journal, Staff and Editorial Board Member

College:

Duke University
1976 A.B. in History, magna cum laude

Post-graduate Education:

1984–1985 Harvard School of Law, Visiting Researcher
2012 Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Graduate

Clerkships/ Teaching:

1980–1981 Law Clerk, U.S. District Judge Robert P. Aguilar (N.D. Cal.)
2002 Senior Lecturing Fellow, Duke University School of Law

Bar Memberships:

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1987
  • New York State Bar, 1985
  • California State Bar, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th and 4th Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts (Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina; Eastern, Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California; Southern and Eastern Districts of New York)
  • International Trade Commission (1994)

Memberships:

  • American Association for Justice
    • Co-Chair, Construction Defects Litigation Group, 2002–present
    • Member, Public Affairs Committee, 2006–2008
    • Member, Publications Committee, 2007–2009
    • Business Torts Section
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • President, 2011–2012
    • Executive Committee, 2007–2013
    • Vice President at-Large, 2010–2011
    • Vice President – Education, 2007–2010
    • Board of Governors , 2006 –2013
    • Chair, Consumer Areas of Practice Litigation Group, 2003–2005
    • Professional Negligence, Consumer Areas of Practice sections
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
    • Board of Governors, 2006–present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Chair, Litigation Section, 2002–2003
    • Chair, International Section, 1994–1995
    • Tort Reform Task Force, Member, 2003–present, Co-Chair, 2005–2007
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Master, William Bobbitt Inn of Court, Program Chair, 2003–2005

Honors/Awards/Accomplishments:

  • North Carolina “Super Lawyers1” for Class Actions/Mass Torts, 2006–2017
  • North Carolina Open Government Coalition, Sunshine Award for Advocacy, 2015
  • North Carolina “Super Lawyers1” Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina, 2013–2015
  • North Carolina “Super Lawyers1” Top 25 in Charlotte, 2013 and 2015
  • Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite2,” 2003, 2004, 2008, 2013
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation – the top one-third of 1% of lawyers in the United States
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Charter Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Pre-eminent Rating3
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Kelly Crabtree Award, 2011
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Ebbie Award, 2009

Classes/Seminars:

  • “Courthouse Lockout: The Indomitable March of Compulsory Arbitration.” STLA Annual Meeting, February 2013, New Orleans (Speaker)
  • “Adapt or Perish: Seizing New Opportunities in Challenging Times,” Alabama Association for Justice Mid-Winter Conference, January 2013, Birmingham (Speaker)
  • “Expert Witnesses: Competing Views from the Plaintiff and Defense Lawyers’ Perspectives,” NCBA Annual Meeting, June 2010, Wilmington, NC (Speaker)
  • Civil Masters Program, NCAJ Annual Convention, June 2010, Wilmington, NC (Chair)
  • “Business Court: A Primer for Trial Lawyers,” South Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers, August 2008, Hilton Head, SC (Speaker)
  • “Civility is not a One Way Street,” Ohio Association for Justice Annual Meeting, May 2008, Columbus, Ohio (Speaker)
  • “Incivility: I know it When I See it – Double Standards that Plaintiff Lawyers Face,” AAJ Convention, January 2008, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Speaker)
  • “A Steep Uphill Battle: Representing Homeowners, Consumers, and Policyholders in North Carolina,” NCATL Annual Convention, June 2007 (Speaker)
  • “Litigation Incivility: I Think I Know It When I See It,” Litigation Counsel of America Annual Meeting, June 2007, New York, NY (Speaker)
  • All-Star Panel, “Litigating Complex Cases in the NC Business Court,” NCBA Antitrust Annual Meeting, May 2007 (Panelist)
  • “Litigating Construction Defect Cases,” PESI Absolute Business Torts, Litigation Conference, March 2007, Las Vegas, NV (Speaker)
  • “Successful Prosecution of Construction Defect Cases in the Age of Tort Reform,” AAJ Annual Convention, 2007, Chicago, IL (Speaker)
  • “Prosecuting Class Actions in Arbitration,” Litigation at Sunrise, ATLA Annual Convention, July 2006, Seattle, WA (Speaker)
  • “North Carolina’s Predatory Lending Laws: An Introduction,” NCATL Annual Convention, June 2006 (Moderator)
  • “If You Build It They Will Come: Litigating Construction and Mold Cases,” STLA Annual Conference, February 2006, New Orleans, LA (Speaker)
  • “Construction Defects in a Nutshell,” Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar, February 2006, Orlando, FL (Speaker)
  • “How to Spot the Sick Building Case: A Primer in Contamination and Defect,” ATLA Mid-Year Convention, February 2004, Orlando, FL (Speaker)
  • “Evaluating Toxic Mold Cases: A Primer,” NCATL Mountain Magic, October 2003, (Speaker)
  • “Professionalism, Civility and the Practice of Law: Are They Related?,” ATLA Annual Convention, July 2003, San Francisco, CA (Speaker)
  • “Bad Buildings and Mold — Tying It All Together,” ATLA’s Litigating Toxic Mold Cases, June 2003, Chicago, IL (Speaker)
  • “Construction Defects in 2002,” Mealey’s Conference, October 2002, Atlanta, GA (Speaker)
  • “Roundtable Discussion with Superior Court Judges,” NCBA Annual Meeting, June 2002 (Program Planner)
  • “Analyzing and Proving Construction Damages in North Carolina,” Lorman Education Series, May 2002 (Speaker)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Products Liability Litigation,” NCATL, May 2002 (Speaker)
  • “Toxic Mold: A Legal Primer,” Community Associations Institute’s National Conference, May 2002, Dallas, TX (Speaker)
  • “Toxic Mold and Construction Defects,” NCATL, March 2002 (Program Planner and Speaker)
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution,” NCATL, March 2002 (Speaker)
  • “When Bad Houses Make Good Cases,” Litigation at Sunrise, ATLA Mid-year Convention, February 2002, Miami, FL (Speaker)
  • “Synthetic Stucco Litigation,” Litigation at Sunrise ATLA Annual Convention, July 1999, San Francisco, CA (Speaker)
  • “Advanced Synthetic Stucco: Trial and Beyond,” NCBA, May 1999 (Speaker)
  • “Synthetic Stucco Litigation from the Plaintiff’s Perspective,” NCBA, April 1998 (Speaker)
  • “Synthetic Stucco Class Action: Opt in or Opt Out,” NCATL, September 1997 (Speaker)
  • “The Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments,” NCBA, February 1993 (Speaker)

Publications:

  • “Adapt or Perish,” Trial (October 2010)
  • “Managing Co-Counsel Relationships,” Trial (October 2009)
  • “Do Business Courts Really Mean Business?” Trial (June 2006)
  • “The Economic Loss Principle in Construction Defect Litigation,” The Litigator (June 2005)
  • “Home, bitter sweet home,” Trial (February 2005)
  • “Mold Liablility – Mixed Signals,” Realtor Magazine (December, 2004)
  • “Arbitration of Business Disputes: Friend or Foe?” Business North Carolina (June 2004)
  • “Synthetic Stucco: Litigation Alert,” Realtor Magazine (January 2004)
  • “Business Plaintiffs: Not an Oxymoron,” Business North Carolina (July 2003)
  • “When Bad Houses Make Good Cases,” Trial (November 2002)
  • “Immediate Appeal of Class Certification Orders–Should North Carolina Follow the Federal Lead?”, North Carolina State Bar Journal (Winter 2001)
  • “Evaluating and Prosecuting the ‘Bad House’ Case,” Mealey’s Construction Defects Litigation Report (September 2001)
  • “North Carolina’s New International Arbitration Act,” Campbell Law Observer (February 1992)
  • Monthly Editorial Guest Columnist, The Charlotte Observer (1998)

Representative Cases:

  • Pitts v. American Security Insurance 569 S.E.2d 647 (N.C., 2002)
  • Gaynoe v. First Union Corporation 571 S.E.2d 24 (N.C. App., 2002)
  • Lienhart v. Dryvit Systems, Inc., 255 F.3d 138 (4th Cir. 2001)

Community/Civic Activities:

  • Chair, YMCA Board of Directors (Winston-Salem) (1993–1995)
  • Chair, Forsyth County Democratic Party (1991–1993)
  • Member, East Winston-Community Development Corporation Board of Directors (1993–1995)
  • Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership (1990)
  • Member, YMCA of Greater Charlotte Public Policy Committee (1996–1998)


1 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Super Lawyers, visit www.superlawyers.com

2 For more information regarding the standards for inclusion for Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, visit www.businessnc.com

3For information regarding the standards for peer review ratings, visit www.martindale.com

4 www.gerry-spence.com

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