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Tory I. Summey

Charlotte | 704.335.9036
Fax | 704.334.4706

Tory Summey focuses on employment counseling and litigation. He has represented multistate employers in various industries, including retail, government contracting, life sciences, health care, technology, and charitable foundations. He has advised on issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, state wage and hour laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and employee benefits issues.

Tory has experience at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts, including the North Carolina Business Court, the N.C. Court of Appeals, the N.C. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has litigated employment issues, trade secret claims, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and many other types of complex business disputes. Tory also represents clients in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the North Carolina Department of Labor.

Tory received his law degree from Wake Forest University, where he was a senior editor for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law and a teaching assistant. He was an economics and history double major at Davidson College, as well as a pitcher on Davidson's baseball team.

Representative Experience

  • Represented software development company in successful jury trial involving claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and unfair and deceptive trade secrets; secured final judgment of more than $1.4 million.
  • Won complete defense ruling in arbitration involving more than $10 million compensation dispute brought by a former executive employee.
  • Won summary judgment for client in fraudulent transfer litigation arising from a fraudulent sale of a business.
  • Represented clients in the life sciences industry in cases involving alleged violations of the False Claims Act, Lanham Act, and breaches of contract.
  • Represented clients in EEOC proceedings and state and federal courts concerning all aspects of the employment relationship, including allegations of discrimination and retaliation, violations of state wage and hour acts, and breaches of contract.
  • Advised clients regarding personnel actions such as hiring, discipline, and termination.
  • Drafted employment, noncompetition, non-solicitation, and severance agreements for clients in many industries.

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