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Robert E. Harrington

Rob Harrington of Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte will serve as president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Foundation in 2024-25. He will also chair the Audit & Finance Committees of both organizations. Harrington will be installed as the 131st president of the NCBA at the 2025 Annual Meeting.

Harrington joined Robinson Bradshaw in 1999 and is a shareholder in the firm, where he litigates complex business disputes and co-chairs the Litigation Department. He graduated magna cum laude in 1984 from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholar, and graduated with high honors in 1987 from Duke Law School, where he served as Notes Editor of the Alaska Law Review.

Harrington began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia. He served on the NCBA Board of Governors and NCBF Board of Directors in 2017-20 and chairs the NCBA Task Force on Integration, Equity and Equal Justice. He also served on the NCBA Nominating Committee and the NCBF Endowment Committee.

Harrington is a past president of the Mecklenburg County Bar and founding co-chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He has served on the Civil Justice Committee of the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, the Duke Law School Board of Visitors and the Legal Aid of North Carolina Board of Directors, and is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

A 2009 recipient of the NCBA Citizen Lawyer Award, Harrington’s extensive record of civic involvement includes service as chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Board of Trustees, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, and the Levine Museum of the New South Board of Directors. He has also served on the board of directors of Opera Carolina, TreesCharlotte, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, the Young Black Leadership Alliance, and The Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust.

Harrington has been honored as the recipient of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, the Duke Law Alumni Association Charles S. Murphy Award for Achievement in Public Service, and the NAACP-National Office Pro Bono Legal Services Award.

Harrington and his wife, Sharon, have a son, Jourdan Harrington of Augusta, Ga., and two granddaughters.