Alan W. Duncan

"With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees."

dedication to the unsung craftsmen who built the grand cathedrals of Europe

Alan Duncan gives of himself to clients, to our profession and to our community. His dedication is unparalleled. He is a great counselor and advocate to his clients. He serves tirelessly as Chairman of the Guilford County School Board. And he is the President of the North Carolina Bar Association. He not only holds those positions, he serves with tremendous dedication and effect. But he would be unlikely to discuss his many achievements. Among things that Alan holds dear is the requirement to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly. Alan walks with great humility. He does not call attention to himself. He builds great things, even when no one sees.

With more than 30 years of litigation experience, Alan has done everything in a courtroom. He has represented both businesses and individuals in complex and meaningful matters in most every subject matter. Regardless of the type of case or the type of client, from the largest business to a pro bono matter, Alan always remembers that each case, regardless of size, is the most important to that client.

Alan has achieved significant distinctions in his profession and his community. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is recognized as one of the “Top 100” lawyers by North Carolina Super Lawyers. The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White Inc.) lists Alan in five categories, including Bet-the-Company litigation. In 2012 and in recognition of his leadership and commitment to community, Alan received the “Unsung Hero” award from the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation. He has received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award twice—once when graduating from Davidson College in 1976 and again from Guilford College in 2005.

Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1979
  • A.B., cum laude, Davidson College, 1976

Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1979
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1979
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1980
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1980
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1998
  • United States Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 1984

Academic Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
  • Selected by his peers as Greensboro Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), 2012
  • Selected by his peers as Greensboro Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year (Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), 2010
  • The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys' J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence, 2008
  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of North Carolina Leaders, Litigation, 2006-2009, General Commercial Litigation, 2010-2012 
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, listed more than 20 years, Litigation-Intellectual Property (2012), Litigation-Municipal (2012), Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants (2012)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Business Law (2003), Litigation (2002-2004, 2006-2008, 2010, 2013) Antitrust Law (2011-2013), Intellectual Property Law (2011)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Davidson College, 1976
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Guilford College, 2005
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business Litigation, and as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in North Carolina (2006-2013)
  • Chairman, Guilford County Board of Education
  • The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation "Unsung Hero" 2012

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

  • Chairman, Guilford County School Board
  • Inside the John Edwards Trial, Greensboro Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE, November 2012
  • The John Edwards Trial and More, Charlotte Bar Association, January 2013
  • Ethics in Pre-Trial Procedure, North Carolina Bar Association CLE, February 2013 Guilford County “State of the Community” Address (annually)
  • Alan also speaks regularly to community groups and professional groups in his roles with the Guilford County School Board and the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Present Member, Board of Governors, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Present Member, Davidson College Alumni Association Board
  • Past President, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Past Chair, Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section
  • American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law
  • President-Elect, North Carolina Bar Association