Isaac Linnartz’s practice focuses on business litigation and employment litigation. He has experience litigating claims for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and other business-related claims. In addition, he represents employers in cases involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and trade secret and non-compete issues. Using this experience, Isaac also advises businesses and employers on how to prevent and resolve disputes prior to litigation.
Isaac also serves on Smith Anderson's Recruiting Committee.
Professional & Community Affiliations
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Wake County Bar Association
- North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
Honors & Awards
- Selected, North Carolina Bar Association's Leadership Academy, Class of 2016
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2014-2017)
- Executive Editor, Duke Law Journal
- Represented company and its directors and officers in defense of shareholder derivative claims filed under “say on pay” provisions of Dodd-Frank Act. Obtained dismissal of all claims in federal court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
- Defended soft drink bottler against claims for breach of an alleged long-term requirements contract brought by cooperative of soft drink bottlers. The case was resolved by confidential settlement after a week-long trial in federal court for the District of South Carolina.
- Represented tenant in lawsuit against landlord for retaining security deposit after failing to deliver habitable premises. The case was tried and resulted in our client obtaining and collecting a judgment for actual damages and punitive damages.
- Defended surgeon and surgical practice at trial in case alleging wrongful death. The jury returned a verdict in favor of our clients after a 9-day trial.
- Defended global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services against sex and national origin discrimination claims brought by former pharmaceutical sales representative. The matter was favorably resolved by confidential settlement agreement.
- Defended global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services against national origin and pregnancy discrimination claims brought by former pharmaceutical sales representative. Obtained summary judgment in federal court for the Middle District of Florida.
- Defended global provider of biopharmaceutical development services and commercial outsourcing services and supervisor against sex discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA non-compliance, and FMLA retaliation claims brought by former pharmaceutical sales representative. The matter was mediated and favorably resolved by confidential settlement.
- Represented convenience store chain and negotiated favorable early settlement of religious discrimination, racial discrimination, and wrongful discharge claims brought under Title VII, 42 U.S. § 1981, and state law.
- Defended community college against religious discrimination claim brought under Title VII and obtained dismissal with prejudice.
- Defended public utility company against sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims brought by former employee. Obtained summary judgment in federal court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, which was affirmed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- Defended public telecommunications company against claims of racial discrimination and retaliation brought by a former employee in federal court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Obtained dismissal with prejudice by showing through discovery that plaintiff made false representations to the court in applications to proceed in forma pauperis.
- Represented global pharmaceutical, vaccines and consumer health company in putative collective and class actions in Florida and New York alleging violations of federal and state wage and hour laws based on failure to pay overtime to pharmaceutical sales representatives.
- Defended construction contractor against former employee’s claims of retaliatory employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge, and failure to pay benefits. The matter was mediated and favorably resolved by confidential settlement.
- Represented North Carolina community bank in successful defense of breach of contract and wage and hour claims brought by former executives based on employment agreements and alleged severance agreements.
News & Publications
- Tyranny of the Minority: North Carolina Business Court Explores Potential Fiduciary Duties of Minority Shareholders10.01.2015
- North Carolina Business Court Limits Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Claims Concerning Internal Corporate Matters02.07.2014
- The Siren Song of Interrogational Torture: Evaluating the U.S. Implementation of the U.N. Convention Against Torture, 57 Duke L.J. 1485, 2008
Events & Webinars
- Panel Moderator, "North Carolina Business Court Update," NCADA Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, S.C.06.2017
- Panelist, "Advice for a Career in Litigation," Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C.04.2014
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
- All North Carolina State Courts
Duke University, J.D., cum laude, 2009
- Order of the Coif
Duke University Divinity School, Master of Theological Studies, summa cum laude, 2009
Duke University, B.A., History, 2004
- Law Clerk to Chief Judge David B. Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, DC.