Diamond View II, Suite 130, 280 South Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701

(919) 787-8880


3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500, Raleigh, NC 27612

(919) 787-8880

Robert S. Shields, Jr. (“Rob”) has over 35 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters.  He has tried over 60 civil cases to verdicts across North Carolina in State and Federal Court, with many involving claims of many millions of dollars.  Rob takes pride positively surprising his clients with the results he gets.


Rob has over 35 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters.  His broad range of experience spans from complex business litigation, real estate litigation, estate and trusts litigation, professional liability defense, personal injury/premises liability, construction, alternative dispute resolution and family/domestic.

Clients benefit from Rob’s love of the courtroom and his passion for trying a case.  He has earned the reputation of being aggressive both in the courtroom and his preparation of a case before it ever goes to trial.  Rob’s understands that many clients want to avoid a jury trial given the time, expense and risk involved, and given his extensive jury trial experience, he is skilled at knowing when it is best for a client to settle a case without a trial.

Rob is married to his wife Ginger and they have four children, Robert, Claude, Ryan and Rachel and a dog, Finley. He has served as a volunteer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for more than 20 years. He is a member of Summit Church in Raleigh. Rob offers motivational speeches and presentations to various youth groups.




  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 1981)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., 1978)

Admitted to Practice

  • State of North Carolina, 1981

Professional Activities

Prior Experience and Clerkships

Rob began his carrier at Manning Fulton in 1981 where he practiced for ten years before returning to his hometown of New Bern, North Carolina.  He spent the next sixteen years working with the law firm of Harris, Shields and Creech.  In 2007, Rob returned to Raleigh and reunited with Manning Fulton where he continues to practice.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a landowner in eastern North Carolina in a condemnation action obtaining a jury verdict of $6.0 million.
  • Represented a landowner in eastern North Carolina in an action to clear up title issues with respect to an 800-acre tract of land and obtained a mandatory injunction within two weeks after filing the action.
  • Represented a commercial real estate developer in a contract dispute obtaining a verdict of $500,000.
  • Represented a defendant being sued for fraud and break of contract and reached a settlement within the defendant’s insurance policy limits.
  • Successfully defended a client and obtained a jury verdict of no liability against a $3.5 million demand.
  • Successfully defended a client against a $25 million dollar jury verdict in a case. The Plaintiffs went on to obtain a $25 million dollar jury verdict from the remaining defendants.
  • Obtained a jury verdict of no-liability for a client against a $3.0 million demand.
  • Effectively obtained favorable “nuisance value” settlements for a client who was sued by over 35 plaintiffs for misrepresentation and who were seeking in excess of $25 million dollars.

Community Engagement

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Summit Church

Robert Shields represented me in a very complex and high dollar litigation and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Being a lawyer myself gave me the position to have a clearer and more detailed understanding of the demands the case placed upon him. Attorney Shields handled every aspect of my case with resolve, determination, and control resulting in my being fully protected as the defendant. I have known and followed the practice of this attorney for over 20 years and I highly recommend him.

George L. Collins, P.A.

Working as co-counsel with Rob Shields, Jr. was an absolute pleasure.  I have never seen a lawyer that is more prepared or focused on the case before him.   He has the ability to break down any issue to a level that is easy to understand and then apply the applicable rules to obtain the desired result.  Rob is the perfect example of a lawyer’s lawyer, and I am proud to say that I had the opportunity to work alongside him.

John C. Johnston, Esq.

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