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Stephen V. Carey

Appellate Group Leader
Raleigh | 919.835.4011
Fax | 919.834.4564

Steve Carey's practice focuses on complex litigation and appeals. He represents companies, financial institutions, local governments, health care providers, and universities in high-stakes litigation and regulatory actions. He leads Parker Poe’s Appellate Practice.

Steve’s litigation experience includes cases involving breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets theft, securities fraud, and various federal statutes, including the Administrative Procedure Act, ERISA, Dodd-Frank, and the False Claims Act. He is experienced at the trial and appellate levels of federal and state courts, including North Carolina’s Business Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Federal Circuit, and District of Columbia Circuit. 

Steve has particular experience with class action litigation at the trial and appellate levels, where he has represented clients with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. That experience allows him to help clients navigate the unique procedural and substantive issues that class actions present. 

Steve’s litigation practice is also informed by his experience advising clients in connection with government investigations and enforcement. His clients have included financial institutions, business associations, automobile lenders, and major universities. He has represented them before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, and state regulators and attorneys general. 

Steve serves as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. He and his colleagues on the committee examine issues arising from the rules of appellate procedure in North Carolina and recommend revisions for the state Supreme Court. Steve also received valuable appellate experience serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Harris Hartz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Before joining Parker Poe, Steve spent more than five years with WilmerHale in its Washington, DC, office. That experience makes him an effective collaborator with out-of-state counsel in large, complex cases in North Carolina’s state and federal courts.

Steve graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served on the editorial board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. In addition to his clerkship on the Tenth Circuit, he clerked for the Honorable Mary McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Representative Experience

Litigation & Arbitration

  • Represented a global insurance company in several lawsuits over an alleged Ponzi scheme.
  • Secured summary judgment and an order denying class certification in a putative class action against assisted living facilities challenging their staffing practices.
  • Defended a major health care company in a putative class action challenging billing rates.
  • Defended several municipalities in class action litigation, including before the North Carolina Supreme Court, concerning the assessment of water and sewer fees.
  • Secured summary judgment for a medical practice in a multimillion-dollar arbitration involving physician compensation.
  • Defended a commercial tenant in a COVID-19-related lease dispute.
  • Defended an IT consulting company in litigation involving breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices claims.
  • Defended a major insurance provider against class claims brought under ERISA.
  • Represented the landowner of one the United States' largest ski resorts in a lease dispute in Utah state court.
  • Represented a national health care provider in a successful rule challenge under the APA.
  • Represented a major business association as amicus challenging a joint federal agency rule promulgated under Dodd-Frank.
  • Represented a government contractor in a suit involving former employees' theft of intellectual property.
  • Represented a national passenger railroad in a first-of-its-kind agency proceeding.
  • Defended a social networking provider in litigation involving user privacy and national security.

Government Enforcement & Regulation

Anti-Money Laundering & Related Issues

  • Defended an individual against a federal enforcement action by the Office of the OCC involving cross-border finance. 

Fair Lending

  • Counseled and advised financial institutions in compliance, investigation, and enforcement matters involving ECOA and Regulation B, the FHA, the ADA, and other fair lending and civil rights laws.
  • Represented a captive automobile lender in investigations by the CFPB and U.S. Department of Justice involving alleged disparate impact resulting from lending practices.

Mortgage Servicing

  • Counseled and advised financial institutions in compliance, investigation, and enforcement matters related to the CFPB's mortgage servicing rules.

Higher Education

  • Advised several major universities on litigation, regulatory, and policy matters involving civil rights and employment, with a particular focus on Title IX, FERPA, and the Clery Act.
  • Counseled colleges and universities in their handling of sexual misconduct complaints.

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  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, 2021-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association Appellate Practice Section
  • Federal Bar Association