Civil Litigation AttorneysCivil Litigation is a very broad term which covers several venues and pretty much includes any matter which is not criminal in nature. The attorneys at Hannah Sheridan Loughridge and Cochran practice in the state and federal courts throughout the state. The primary areas within civil litigation in which we practice include a broad range of construction-related disputes, contract disputes of all types, non-compete agreement disputes, bankruptcy and secured transaction cases.
Within the state judicial system, our lawyers practice in the trial court division which includes small claims court (amount in controversy up to $10,000.00), district court (amounts in controversy up to $25,000.00, and superior court (all matters in excess of $25,000.00). We are also experienced in practice before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. For two years, HSLC partner Nan Hannah served as research assistant for Justice John Webb on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
In the federal court system, HSLC’s attorneys are admitted to practice in the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina – the trial court divisions. Partners Paul Sheridan and Nan Hannah are admitted to practice before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. And, Nan Hannah is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. All of our attorneys routinely appear in the federal bankruptcy courts across North Carolina as well representing creditors.
Civil litigation also includes practice before administrative agencies and bodies such as licensing boards, state agencies and city/county governing bodies. Our lawyers represent clients in cases involving zoning, trade license disputes, and permitting.
The attorneys at Hannah Sheridan frequently participate in various means of alternate dispute resolution by representing parties in mediated settlement conferences and arbitrations. Paul Sheridan sits as an arbitrator from time to time, while Nan Hannah is a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator and has been called upon to serve as a mediator in the United States Bankruptcy Courts in North Carolina.