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Jon Berkelhammer has a sophisticated trial practice and regularly appears in the state and federal trial and appellate courts in North Carolina and the North Carolina Business Courts, state and federal courts in other jurisdictions. He has defended class action matters, catastrophic personal injury and product liability matters, as well as trade secret and intellectual property matters, in addition to a variety of commercial matters, such as disputes involving minority and majority shareholders and officer and director liability. He also has been retained and appeared in courts in other jurisdictions. He is active in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, serving as an instructor at the Southeast Region Trial Skills Program held annually at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Awards & Honors

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, "Leader in the Field" for Litigation (2007-2010; 2015-2019)
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star, Class Action, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, and Product Liability (2019, 2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2005-2020)
    • Greensboro Product Liability Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" (2012 & 2015)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Business Litigation, Personal Injury-Products, Intellectual Property Litigation (2006-2019)
    • "Top 100" in NC (2006, 2008, 2009-2013, 2017-2018)
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Litigation (2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011-2019)
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law” Award Recipient (2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Immediate Past-President (2014-2015)
    • President (2013-2014)
    • Member, Board of Directors (2008-2011)
    • Former Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Trial Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Transportation Committee
  • DRI
    • Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)


  • Arguing the Complex Motion, 2018 NCADA Annual Meeting, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, June 15, 2018
  • Litigating Disputes Relating to Closely Held Corporations in the Business Court, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Commercial Law Section, June 17-20, 2010

Prior Legal Experience

  • Clerkship, Judge Franklin T. Dupree, Jr., U.S. District Court