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J. Mitchell Armbruster

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Lorna Bernardo
Phone: 919.838.2042


Mitch Armbruster practices in the areas of commercial and administrative litigation, with significant experience in appellate litigation. He has handled a wide variety of business disputes, administrative agency disputes, regulatory enforcement proceedings, public records disputes, securities and construction litigation, and antitrust matters. He has tried cases in jury and non-jury settings and conducted hearings before various state administrative boards and the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings.

Mitch has also handled pro bono appeals for the state Guardian Ad Litem program. Before joining Smith Anderson, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington, D.C.

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Commercial Litigation
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Vice Chair, Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section 
    • Appellate Rules Committee
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Appellate Advocate, North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program
  • Member, Apex United Methodist Church
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Commercial Litigation (2015-2019)
  • Editor in Chief, North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 77



  • Obtained $39 million damages award and declaration of common law vested rights for coastal development group, permitting the commercial development of 40 acre oceanfront parcel
  • Successfully defended rezoning and approval of largest mixed-use planned development in North Carolina history against series of lawsuits seeking to overturn the rezoning and enjoin ongoing construction
  • Successfully defended large agricultural corporation against alleged violations of state pesticide laws and regulations
  • Litigation experience with state public records disputes, seeking production of public records. Also advised government agencies regarding handling of public records requests
  • Obtained summary judgment for defendant on $20 million claim for breach of contract for failure to properly adjudicate healthcare billing claims
  • Represented a private security company in enforcement of arbitration agreements between the company and its independent contractors
  • Litigated and reached successful settlement of a multi-million-dollar claim against an investment manager for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Successfully defended multiple personal injury lawsuits arising from chemical release and industrial accident in eastern North Carolina for a global developer and manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and agrochemicals
  • Obtained summary judgment in class action against national and international airlines asserting price-fixing in the setting of commissions
  • Represented numerous clients in appeals before the Fourth Circuit, North Carolina Supreme Court, and North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Successfully defended brokerage firms and individual brokers in securities arbitrations against claims of unsuitability and fraud
  • Represented healthcare claims processor in a bid protest regarding award of government healthcare claims processing contract

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Events & Webinars


  • Proximity Hotel | Greensboro, N.C., 03.18.2015
  • Speaker, "Protecting the Attorney-Client Privilege: They Can't Find Out What We Tell Our Lawyers, Can They?," Smith Anderson's Executive Roundtable Series - Session I, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Bar & Court Admissions

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


University of North Carolina, J.D., with honors, 1999

Cornell University, B.S. 1993


  • Law clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington, D.C.
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