Dustin T. Greene
Partner

1001 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC USA 27101

Overview

Dustin Greene litigates complex commercial, securities, construction, real estate development, Native American, and other legal issues for both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Greene has experience in arbitration and federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country.

He was recognized as a North Carolina “Rising Star” for General and/or Business Litigation in 2014-2018 by Super Lawyers magazine, was named one of the Triad Business Journal’s "40 Leaders Under 40” in 2017, and in 2018 received the Citizen Lawyer Award for 2018 from the North Carolina Bar Association. In 2014, he was appointed by North Carolina’s Governor to be a member of the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board, where he served as chair of the grievance committee until January 2018.

Prior to entering the legal profession, he served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he earned, among other honors, the Combat Parachutist Badge. He also appears in the CBS News photo essay What it takes to be an Army Ranger.

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Experience

Represented the plaintiff Trillium Ridge Condominium Association in pursuing claims for the defective design and construction of six high-end condominium buildings in the mountains of North Carolina, as well as claims for breach of fiduciary duty against the developers of the condos. After the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the trial court’s decision to dismiss the case, the Association’s claims went to trial, which lasted nearly two weeks. After all of the defendants’ motions for directed verdict were denied, and after closing arguments, the defendants agreed to settle all claims asserted by the Association for more than $3,000,000. This represents a near full recovery of all sums spent by the Association to repair the condominium buildings, including the repairs to two buildings that were completed outside of North Carolina’s six year statute of repose.

Defended Broyhill Furniture Industries, Inc. (Broyhill) in breach of contract claim arising from allegations that Broyhill refused to pay the plaintiff for heat provided to a warehouse used by Broyhill. The case involved novel issues of contract interpretation and damages theories. The court granted our motion for summary judgment and denied the plaintiff's motion to amend its complaint to allege extra-contractual theories of recovery, which resulted in a dismissal of all claims against our client. The Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, affirmed summary judgement for Broyhill. The plaintiff appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which issued a unanimous opinion adopting the COA’s majority decision and affirming summary judgment for Broyhill. Micro Capital Investors, Inc. v. Broyhill Furniture Indus., Inc., 728 S.E. 2d 376 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012), aff'd., 736 S.E.2d 172 (N.C. 2013).

Represented enrolled members of the Comanche, Caddo, Apache, Cherokee, and Kiowa Tribes of Oklahoma, who own a trust allotment outside of Anadarko, Oklahoma, in actions for trespass and condemnation arising from the continued operation of a natural gas pipeline for more than sixteen years after the easement expired. After being turned away by multiple firms, the landowners approached Kilpatrick Townsend, who agreed to take the case. We obtained dismissal of the gas company’s condemnation claims, and the federal district court for the Western District of Oklahoma entered summary judgment against the gas company for trespass. On appeal, the Tenth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the condemnation claims and affirmed summary judgment on trespass. Marcia W. Davilla, et al. v. Enable Midstream Partners, L.P., et al., No. 5:2015cv01262 (W.D. Okla. 2016); Marcia W. Davilla, et al. v. Enable Midstream Partners, L.P., et al., No. 17-6088 (10th Cir. 2019); Enable Oklahoma Intrastate Transmission LLC v. 25 Foot Wide Easement, No. 17-6188 (10th Cir. 2018).

Represented BB&T in the trial court and on appeal in an action by developers of a mixed-use real estate development in Wake County, North Carolina, alleging that BB&T should be held liable for more than $30,000,000 for “Continuing Slander to Title/Aiding & Abetting Continuing Slander to Title” in connection with the actions of the general contractor on the project. We obtained dismissal of the case because the causes of action plaintiff alleged were not recognized under North Carolina law, and because any claims arising out of the construction of the development would have been compulsory counterclaims in a prior action in Wake County. The developer appealed, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed. North Carolina II LP and Apex First Development, LLC v. BB&T, 12 CVS 842 (Forsyth County, North Carolina, filed February 7, 2012), on appeal No. COA 12-898.

Successfully defended North Carolina developers of a large shopping center in efforts by a business partner, a commodities hedge fund, to recover its investment under a guaranty agreement. A panel of arbitrators ruled in favor of our clients, holding that as the default was only of the hedge fund's guaranty due to its own misconduct, the contribution provisions of the parties' operating agreement were not implicated and no amount was recoverable from the other guarantors.

Represented Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T) as plaintiff in a case against a former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets and for failure to repay a substantial loan due upon termination of employment. Obtained a directed verdict dismissing all counter-claims asserted by the former employee, and directed verdict on BB&T’s claims of more than $250,000. Branch Banking and Trust Co. v. Sherwood, 07 CVS 3900 (Forsyth County filed June 5, 2007).

Represented directors and officers of a publicly traded company managing senior living facilities in a derivative action asserted by minority shareholders alleging breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully obtained dismissal of all direct claims.

Defended DISH Network against third-party claims for indemnity and for violation of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act arising from the plaintiff’s unauthorized broadcast of multiple pay-per-view boxing matches without a commercial license. Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against DISH Network on the grounds that they were preempted by the Federal Communications Act.

Represented Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in a suit brought by a former in-store service provider alleging multiple business tort claims, including fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and copyright infringement arising out of Lowe’s relationship with the service provider and the termination of the provider’s contract. The Court denied plaintiffs’ attempt to take the depositions of multiple Lowe’s executives. After discovery closed, the firm was successful on a summary judgment motion that resulted in the dismissal of 29 of the plaintiffs’ 30 claims. The remaining claim for an unpaid invoice was settled shortly before trial. Performance Sales & Marketing, LLC, et al. v. Lowe’s Cos., Inc., Civil Action No. 5:07CV00140-RLV-DLH (W.D.N.C.).

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Education

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (2008) magna cum laude

Appalachian State University, B.S. (2000) cum laude

Admissions

North Carolina (2008)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2008)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2009)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (2016)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (2018)

North Carolina Business Court (2009)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2009)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2017)

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (2012)

Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (2013)

U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2016)

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Professional & Community Activities

2019 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, Member

Boy Scouts of America, Old Hickory Council Executive Board, Member

Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court, Barrister

The Little Theater of Winston-Salem, Board Member

North Carolina & Forsyth County Bar Associations, Member

Leadership Winston-Salem Graduate, Class of 2015

Northwest Piedmont Purple Heart Foundation, Inc., Secretary and Founding Board Member (2013-2015)

4ALL Service Day, 2016 Winston-Salem Site Co-Chair

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