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Addie K. S. Ries

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Jennifer Ragan
Phone: 919.838.2090


Addie Ries is a litigation attorney who represents clients in a wide array of business-related disputes. Addie has significant experience in contract disputes, corporate governance disputes (including shareholder disputes, fiduciary duties, and business break-ups), franchise disputes, products liability, and business negligence disputes involving property damage, catastrophic personal injury, and wrongful death. She has represented clients from a broad range of industries, including the aviation, automotive, financial, hospitality, pharmaceutical/medical device, manufacturing, real estate, utilities, professional sports, and transportation industries. 

Addie has represented clients in such commercial litigation matters through jury and bench trials before North Carolina and South Carolina state courts and the North Carolina Business Court, as well as in cases before federal courts in North Carolina, South Carolina, and other jurisdictions nationwide.  In addition, she has appeared before the American Arbitration Association in national and international arbitration matters.

Addie is dedicated to meeting her clients’ needs with experience and efficiency.  She regularly counsels clients in anticipating and resolving disputes before they reach litigation.

Addie has been honored by Martindale Hubbell with an “AV Preeminent” rating in Litigation, Commercial Law, and Aviation and Aerospace, based on reviews from her peers.  She also serves on the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys’ Diversity Committee and the Board of Directors for Children's Flight of Hope.

  • Children's Flight of Hope, Inc., Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Diversity Committee Member
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation (2019-2020)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent" rated in Litigation, Commercial Law, and Aviation and Aerospace
  • N.C. Journal of Law and Technology, Editorial Board
  • University of North Carolina Chapter of The Order of the Coif



  • Defended national manufacturers/retailers of asbestos-containing products in products liability suits in North and South Carolina, including successful representation through trial and Daubert motions and hearings
  • Defended national retailer of wood products in products liability litigation involving claims of sino-nasal cancer from exposure to wood dust
  • Defended national chemical company in products liability litigation involving claims of leukemia from exposure to benzene-containing solvents
  • Defended a closely-held corporation and its shareholders in a shareholder derivative lawsuit through a multi-week bench trial before the North Carolina Business Court
  • Defended an international business and its founder before numerous federal and state courts, as well as arbitration, in suits arising out of the business break-up of a North Carolina company
  • Defended motor vehicle manufacturers in a variety of franchise disputes before the North Carolina Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and North Carolina courts
  • Defended a publicly-traded company in a series of complex breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices cases
  • Defended a franchised business and its president through a multi-week jury trial in a premises liability/inadequate security case
  • Defended aviation companies and trucking companies against negligence-based claims for personal injuries and wrongful death
  • Represented companies and individuals in professional malpractice cases involving alleged medical malpractice, legal malpractice and real estate appraisal malpractice
  • Defended corporations against product liability claims involving motor vehicles, pharmaceutical products, and medical and surgical devices, and toxic tort claims involving asbestos, benzene, and other industrial exposures 
  • Represented a wide variety of businesses as plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract, fraud and unfair trade practices cases before the North Carolina Business Court and other state and federal courts
  • Represented commercial landlords in breach of contract and summary ejectment actions arising out of lease disputes

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • All North Carolina State Courts
  • All South Carolina State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuit


University of North Carolina, J.D., 2003

  • Order of the Coif

University of Georgia, B.A., cum laude, 2000

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