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Mary Dillon practices in the areas of civil litigation and corporate law and has over twenty years of experience as a litigator. She represents clients in state and federal courts. She has experience in a wide range of litigation, focusing on products liability litigation, commercial litigation and professional liability. In her litigation practice, she has represented a variety of clients, including lawyers in professional negligence actions, medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers and distributors of construction and safety equipment, food and beverage manufacturers, airlines, boats, automobiles, railroads, and health care practitioners and institutions.

Mary also advises clients in a role of outside corporate counsel. Her breadth of experience includes advising and counseling clients on corporate governance issues, contract drafting and negotiation, employee/personnel matters, legislation, regulatory matters, conflicts of interest, developing corporate policies, and shareholder and Chapter 55 issues. She has represented corporate clients before various local, state and federal governmental entities and regulatory bodies. Mary currently serves as outside general counsel for the North Carolina Railroad Company. In this role, she has garnered extensive experience working with the company and its stakeholders, railroad operators, vendors, project partners, state and local entities, and members of the community.

Mary obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina (B.A., 1989), where she was a Morehead Scholar. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (1993), where she was Executive Editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. She also received her Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina. 

Honors and Awards

  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Litigation & Corporate (2016-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2018-2020)
  • Peer Review Rating of AV® in Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions,
    • Reporter for Civil Committee (2011-2014)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Membership Committee, Co-Chair (2013-2015)
    • Board of Directors (2008-2011)
    • Amicus Committee, Chair (2011-2013)
    • Product Liability Committee, Chair (2007)
    • Diversity Committee, Co-Chair (2016)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Citizen Lawyer Task Force, Member (2009-2014); Chair (2015-2016)
    • Member (1993-2016)
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
    • Grievance Committee (2011-2013)
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • DRI
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Triangle ArtWorks
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2010-2015)
  • Beginnings
    • President (2015-2016)
    • Board of Directors (2013-2015)