Michael L. Robinson to be sworn in on Friday, July 1, as newest judge for North Carolina Business Court

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The Wake Forest University School of Law will host a swearing-in ceremony this week for Michael Lindsay Robinson, who will preside as Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases of the new North Carolina Business Court, which is set to open January 2017.

Wake Forest Law, site of the newest Business Court where Judge Robinson will preside, will host the ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center, with Chief Justice James L. Gale presiding. A reception will follow.

Judge Robinson is a managing partner at Robinson & Lawling, LLP.  He resides on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Council and is a chair on the State Bar Council’s Special Litigation Committee and Authorized Practice Committee.

As a North Carolina Business Court Special Superior Court Judge, he will work with cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law in North Carolina.  Cases will be designated by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina Mark Martin.  Judge Robinson will oversee all aspects of cases from the time of designation through trial or other resolution.

Officials announced on May 9, 2016, that Wake Forest Law’s courtroom would serve as the newest North Carolina Business Court.  It is the fourth Business Court in the state and the second in the Triad area.  It will begin accepting cases in January 2017 when construction on the new courtroom is complete, according to Wake Forest Law’s Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77). Until the Wake Forest site is complete, Judge Robinson’s chambers will be in Greensboro at the site of another Business Court.

The North Carolina Business Court was created in 1995 to handle complex business disputes.  In 2006, the North Carolina General Assembly expanded the Business Court to Raleigh and Charlotte.  The eddition of another court in Winston-Salem, due to recent demands, will make it more convenient to litigate business disputes, officials say.

“We look forward to a wonderful partnership with the Business Court,” Dean Reynolds said. “The opportunity to observe great lawyers from across the state and region arguing before Judge Robinson will enrich our students’ experience. As he hears motions and presides over trials, Judge Robinson will serve as a role model for every student who hears him. The naming of Wake Forest as the site of the newest Business Court enhances the law school and entire university.”

Judge Robinson’s ceremony was announced by the Triad Business Journal in the article, “Triad attorney to be sworn in as new N.C. Business Court judge,” published by Owen Covington on June 28, 2016.

For more information about the N.C. Business Court visit www.ncbusinesscourt.net, and for more information about the N.C. Judicial Branch and Unified Court System visit www.NCcourts.org.