We are old school trial lawyers. We actually try cases and go to court, and apparently we know what we are doing when we get there.
Terpening Law has a passion for taking cases to trial, and the education and experience necessary to intelligently and efficiently resolve the case through means other than trial, if trial is not in the client’s best interest. Putting the client and their business first, we treat civil business litigation as the business problem that it is for our clients, and we endeavor to achieve the most beneficial, cost-effective solution rather than litigating for litigation’s sake. In this respect, as in others, we try to partner with our clients, and view things through their perspective.
Good trial lawyers often get good results because they prepare their entire litigation with the end-game – trial – in mind. This enables them to negotiate resolutions from a position of power, regardless of whether trial is ultimately necessary. Our lawyers collectively have tried hundreds of cases, and are well respected for the creativity, passion, and effort they put into doing so. Trying cases is our art.
Our firm is known for successfully handling an eclectic mix of cases, but areas of particular focus for civil litigation include:
- Anything in federal court.
- Civil tax controversy cases in federal court against the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice.
- Catastrophic personal injury cases.
- Securities disputes between private parties or with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Complex business partnership “divorces” and partnership issues.
- North Carolina Business Court matters.
- Products liability.
We are comfortable in any courtroom, but have a particularly close relationship with litigation in the federal courts – especially in the Western District of North Carolina (federal court in Charlotte, Asheville, and Statesville). Partner Will Terpening began his career working as a law clerk for a federal judge, and has focused his career in federal court ever since then.
Finally, our lawyers are extremely experienced with federal appeals. We focus on Fourth Circuit appeals, but our lawyers have handled federal appeals around the nation, including in the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits. Writing skills are critical for federal appeals. Partner Will Terpening’s experience with writing and arguing federal appellate cases grows out of his early strong grounding in writing, as an honors English concentrator at Brown, and having then obtained a Master’s in English from Duke (concurrently with his law degree).