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Whitfield Gibson has been practicing civil litigation with Manning Fulton since graduating from the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2010. Whitfield gained

experience under multiple seasoned litigators on a variety of business litigation and professional negligence defense trials, as well as contract disputes, real-estate litigation, and appellate cases. With this broad spectrum of expertise, Whitfield has developed a diverse litigation practice with experience representing numerous businesses and professional individuals both in and out of the courtroom.

About

J. Whitfield Gibson is a partner with Manning Fulton’s litigation practice. Whitfield began his practice with Manning Fulton in 2010 and quickly gained valuable courtroom experience in various professional negligence defense trials. From there, Whitfield’s practice grew substantially and he now represents businesses and individuals in civil matters involving all types of litigation, whether it be contract disputes, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, insurance-related litigation, professional negligence defense, or appellate cases. For his work in the courtroom, Whitfield has been recognized in Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite as one of its Young Guns in 2017.

Whitfield has appeared and argued several cases in front of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, as well as numerous Superior and District Courthouses throughout North Carolina. While comfortable in a courtroom, and ready to take the case as far as necessary to serve his clients, Whitfield understands that not all litigation will result in a jury trial, and that sometimes it is not the best business decision for a case to go all the way to trial. To that end, Whitfield works diligently for his clients, listening to their needs, but also advising them on the best way to advance their case, whether that involves litigation or negotiation on their behalf with the other side.

Whitfield received his J.D. cum laude from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the Campbell Law Review as well as President of the Student Bar Association. Whitfield received his undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he attended as a Morehead Scholar.

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Credentials

Education

  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law – J.D. – 2010 – Cum Laude
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. in Political Science – B.A. in English – 2005 – Morehead Scholar

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina – 2010
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle District of North Carolina – 2010
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina – 2012

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association – 2010 to Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division – 2010 to Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section and Construction Law – 2010 to Present
  • American Bar Association – 2010 to Present
  • Wake County Bar Association – 2010 to Present
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Young Guns – 2016
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Young Lawyer’s Division – Executive Council – 2012 to 2015

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a cardio-thoracic surgeon in a 2 week jury trial in Scotland County, North Carolina against claims of medical negligence arising out of the repair of an aortic abdominal aneurysm where the jury found no negligence.
  • Obtained a dismissal prior to trial for a closing attorney accused of negligently paying off the wrong deed of trust during closing. We were able to successfully show that our client did not breach the standard of care in properly contacting and satisfying the attached Deed of Trust on the Property.
  • Successfully defended a bank in a two week federal jury trial in the Middle District of North Carolina against claims for fraud and misrepresentation in the issuance of a construction loan for the construction of a luxury hotel.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a professional negligence action against a real estate broker after disqualifying plaintiffs’ expert witness whereby plaintiff could not show any damage as a result of the alleged misrepresentation.
  • Awarded judgment for a landlord, including over $15,000 worth of unpaid rent and damages to the property.
  • Helped win summary judgment in the North Carolina Business Court against a $26 million claim for professional negligence against a real estate broker in conjunction with the purchase, sale and ultimate transition to a security interest of a large, multi-office commercial property.
  • Obtained a denial of a Preliminary Injunction action for a drainage products distributor and its employee in an action in the North Carolina Business Court.
  • Successfully negotiated a mutually-agreeable settlement in a complex, class-action lawsuit involving a large family-owned farm and its employees.
  • Obtained a dismissal of an action against a property owner in a premises liability action against the land owner by a passing driver for damages sustained as a result of fallen trees on the property
  • Obtained a judgment for damages for a business broker in a breach of contract action involving the sale of an auto-repair business.

Community Engagement

Boy Scouts of America

  • Volunteer – 2014 to Present

Fairmont United Methodist Church

  • Member – 2013 to Present

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