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Michael Robinson Sworn In as N.C. Business Court Judge

Michael Robinson was sworn in Friday, July 1, as a special superior court judge assigned to the North Carolina Business Court.

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Michael Robinson was sworn in Friday, July 1, as a special superior court judge assigned to the North Carolina Business Court in Winston-Salem. Chief Judge of the Business Court James Gale presided over the ceremony at the Wake Forest University School of Law, the Business Court's new location.

"Mike Robinson has demonstrated excellence in litigating business and complex civil disputes for over 30 years," said Chief Justice Mark Martin. "He is a proven leader, and I am confident that his experience has more than equipped him to preside over business disputes in a fair, impartial and effective manner."

Robinson was nominated by Governor Pat McCrory as a special superior court judge for complex business cases and confirmed by the N.C. General Assembly on June 16.

"I am grateful to the governor, legislature and chief justice for showing the confidence in my abilities and work ethic to select me for this important position," said Robinson. "I am looking forward with great excitement to the opportunity to serve the citizens of North Carolina as a Business Court judge."

Robinson, from Forsyth County, has focused his practice on corporate and business litigation. He also serves as a certified mediator, an elected State Bar Councilor since 2009 and on the N.C. Business Court Rules Committee. He graduated from Davidson College, and earned his juris doctor (J.D.) from University of North Carolina School of Law.

Judge Gregory McGuire Sworn In for Five-Year Term
Business Court Judge Gregory McGuire has also been sworn in for a five-year term on Friday, July 1, in a private ceremony in Raleigh. He was appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly on June 16 for the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Jolly.

Judge McGuire was originally appointed as a special superior court judge by Governor McCrory on September 30, 2014, and assigned to the Business Court in Raleigh. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge McGuire spent over 26 years as a counselor and litigator in state and federal courts for Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. He obtained his B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1984, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1987.

The North Carolina Business Court is an administrative division of the General Court of Justice. Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law in North Carolina are designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina to a special superior court judge who oversees all aspects of the case from the time of designation through trial or other resolution.