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Jeffrey R. Whitley

Jeffrey R. Whitley

Associate

T (919) 755-8853
F (919) 838-3153
Overview

Jeff Whitley is an associate in the litigation practice, focusing on complex commercial and business disputes. He has assisted a variety of business and entities in prosecuting or defending commercial claims, including breach of contract, employment litigation, unfair competition, fraud, and landlord/tenant disputes involving lease defaults and rent collection. 

Jeff has a particular focus on professional liability and fiduciary duty cases in the corporate, partnership, and LLC context.  Jeff’s practice also addresses the unique aspects of the healthcare industry, allowing him to assist health care providers  in cases involving specialized contract disputes, employment issues, billing and insurance disputes, and medical negligence claims.  Jeff also has experience defending businesses in class action lawsuits.  Through each of these types of cases, Jeff has represented clients in North Carolina state and federal courts, the Court of Appeals, and North Carolina’s specialized Business Court.

Jeff graduated from Florida State University and Duke University School of Law. While in law school, he participated in multiple oral advocacy competitions as a member of the moot court board and co-authored a congressional white paper on the legal barriers to the interstate practice of telemedicine.

Prior to attending law school, Jeff gained a variety of experience as a disability adjudicator, a community coordinator for a non-profit organization, and a professional musician.

Achievements
  • Leadership Raleigh, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (2016)
Experience

Representative Work

Jeff’s litigation work includes:

  • Defending individuals and corporate entities against claims of breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, tortious interference with contract, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Defending hospitals in class action lawsuits related to patient billing in North Carolina federal court.
  • Defending hospitals against malpractice, corporate negligence claims, and negligent credentialing claims.
  • Defending hospital against alleged antitrust violation related to hospital privileges.
  • Defending numerous legal entities in privacy-related litigation in North Carolina federal court.
  • Defending corporate shareholder in action alleging breach of fiduciary duty in Business Court.
  • Defending mining company against employment-based claims under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act.
  • Defending company against groundwater contamination claims.
  • Representing investment firm prosecuting derivative suit in North Carolina Business Court.
  • Representing hospital in multiple lawsuits relating to contractual and fiduciary disputes over a joint venture.
  • Representing corporate employers in enforcing non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions of employment contracts against former employee.
  • Representing company in prosecution of multimillion dollar lawsuit in Business Court involving contract dispute and allegations of fraud and sham entities.
  • Representing partner in partnership dispute relating to misappropriation of partnership assets.
  • Representing landlords in contract disputes and eviction of commercial tenants.

Reported cases:

  • Kohn, M.D. v. Firsthealth of the Carolinas Inc., 2014 WL 6805816 (N.C.Super.)
  • Kohn v. FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Inc., 242 N.C. App. 252, 775 S.E.2d 926, review denied 368 N.C. 357, 776 S.E.2d 855 (2015)
  • E. Brooks Wilkins Family Med., P.A. v. WakeMed, 784 S.E.2d 178, 180 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016), review denied, 797 S.E.2d 18 (N.C. 2017)

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • Coauthor, Congressional Whitepaper: Barriers to the Interstate Practice of Telemedicine (2012). Duke University Practicum with Verizon Connected Healthcare Solutions.
Community
  • Chair of Legal Feeding Frenzy fundraising drive supporting United Way(2016 – present)
Industries
Education
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2013
  • Florida State University, B.A., Psychology and Public Administration, 2002
Admissions
  • North Carolina, 2013
Affiliations
  • Wake County Bar Association
    • Co-chair, Candidate Committee (2016 – present)
Academic Honors
  • Duke University merit scholarship recipient
  • Moot Court Board member
  • Hardt Cup quarterfinalist
  • Dean's Cup semifinalist
  • Florida Bright Futures scholarship recipient
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