Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
Practice Areas
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988
  • North Carolina, 1988
  • All North Carolina state and federal courts
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Civil, Commercial and Tort Litigation
  • Zoning and Land Use
  • Mediation
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Anthony (Tony) T. Lathrop

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Adding Value For Clients

Tony Lathrop is a seasoned corporate trial lawyer who partners closely with his clients to handle trials, litigation and disputes in ways that maximize value for their businesses.  He uses his experience as a trial attorney and certified mediator to develop strategies for obtaining optimal trial results or other resolutions in high-stakes cases and to advise his clients regarding strategies to reduce future risk.    

The Perspective of a Seasoned Corporate Trial Lawyer

Lathrop has experience representing a diverse portfolio of clients in a broad range of complex civil litigation matters.  He has represented his clients successfully in the state and federal courts of North Carolina, before mediators and arbitrators, and before North Carolina administrative courts and agencies.  Lathrop’s recent matters include the following federal and state actions at the trial and appellate levels involving class action, breach of contract, intellectual property, insurance, eminent domain, and product liability claims:

  • A purported class action involving breach of contract and other claims against a client cemetery.
  • A breach of a contract claim (sale of a $40 million manufacturing facility), representing a plaintiff Fortune 500 corporation.
  • A federal theft of trade secret case in which he obtained preliminary and permanent injunctions for a manufacturer.
  • A trademark infringement and breach of contract action involving competing cable television networks.
  • An insurance contract dispute regarding retroactive workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
  • A claim regarding a lapsed long term care insurance policy
  • A coverage dispute over provisions of a contingent automobile liability insurance policy in connection with the vehicle leasing program of a Fortune 500 company.
  • Approximately 20 municipal eminent domain actions, representing the condemnor. 
  • A police liability claim in Federal court in which summary judgment for defendants was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit. 
  • Vehicle and device products liability claims, defending international manufacturers of vehicles, aircraft, and medical devices.  

Recognized Leader in Legal Community

As a recognized leader within the legal community of North Carolina and nationwide, Lathrop has developed relationships and credibility that add value for the firm’s clients.  He has served as Chair of The Network of Trial Law Firms, which is an organization of 7,000 attorneys in 25 separate and independent trial law firms practicing in over 140 offices throughout the United States and Canada.  In his nearly thirty years of service to the North Carolina legal community, Lathrop also has served as the President of the Mecklenburg County Bar (2006-2007), the Chair of the Merit Selection Panels for two U.S. Magistrate Judges in North Carolina's Western District (2003-2004), a member of the Advisory Committee on Local Patent Rules for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2010), an Aide to Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. (1983-1985), and an appointed member of Governor Hunt’s Crime Commission (1982-1985).  He currently serves on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission and the North Carolina Business Court Rules Advisory Committee. 



Of Note

  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2006 - 2017.  His primary area of practice is Business Litigation.
  • Selected as a North Carolina Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chairman, Network of Trial Law Firms (2011)
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Workers' Compensation Law (2010-2018)  
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in the area of General Commercial (2015-2018)
  • Member, Knight Foundation Charlotte Advisory Board (2016- )
  • Member, North Carolina Business Court Rules Advisory Committee (2015-)
  • Chair, Mecklenburg County Planning Coordinating Committee (2014- )
  • Chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission (2014- )
  • Chair, Zoning Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission (2015-)
  • Chair, Zoning Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission (2015-)
  • Vice-Chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission (2013-2014)
  • Chair, Planning Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission (2013-2016 term) 
  • Member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission (2011 - )
  • President, Mecklenburg County Bar (2006-2007)
  • Featured in a North Carolina Super Lawyers article entitled, "Setting the Bar" (February, 2007)
  • As President of Mecklenburg County Bar, authored monthly President's articles in the Mecklenburg Bar News (July, 2006 – June, 2007)
  • Featured in The Charlotte Observer in an article entitled, "Mecklenburg County Bar:  Next President Likes Low Profile" (June, 2006)
  • Chair, Merit Selection Panels for two U.S. Magistrate Judges in North Carolina's Western District (2003-2004) 
  • First chair, Mecklenburg Bar Leadership Institute (2001-2003)  
  • Aide, Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., (1983-1985)
  • Appointed by Governor Hunt to the Governor's Crime Commission (1982-1985)
  • Trustee, North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (2003-2006)
  • Former member of Board of Visitors and Law and General Alumni Associations, UNC-Chapel Hill 
  • Recipient, Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor
  • William C. Friday Fellow (1999-2001)
  • Chair (2010-2011) of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative, which sponsors the Friday Fellows program 
  • President, General Counsel and Director, Second String Santas, Inc., a non-profit providing over 3,000 presents annually to children in Mecklenburg County (1997-2001) 

Representative Matters

Representative civil matters in which Mr. Lathrop has served as counsel include:

  • Willowmere Cmty. Ass'n v. City of Charlotte, No. COA15-977, 2016 N.C. App. LEXIS 1105 (N.C. Ct. App. Nov. 1, 2016) Successfully represented defendant-appellee in obtaining affirmation of trial court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing plaintiffs’ lawsuit challenging city council approval of defendant-appellee’s rezoning application based upon lack of standing to file the suit because neither plaintiff complied with their respective bylaws to authorize initiating litigation.
  • Saft America, Inc. v. Plainview Batteries, Inc.,659 S.E.2d 39 (N.C. App. 2008) and 673 S.E.2d 864 (N.C. 2009) (PER CURIAM). Successfully represented plaintiff-appellee in obtaining affirmation of the trial court’s order finding that the plaintiff had properly pleaded and alleged a claim for piercing the corporate veil against the defendants, and in obtaining reversal of the N.C. Court of Appeals decision which dismissed the case against an individual defendant who was an officer of the corporate defendant.  
  • Kling v. City of Monroe, 86 Fed Appx. 662, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 2093 (4th Cir. (NC) 2004).  Defended city in connection with §1983 and state law police/municipal liability claims. Summary judgment for city affirmed.
  • Nadelin v. City of Monroe, 166 F.3d 333, 1998 WL 802021 (4th Cir. (N.C.) 1998).  Defended city in connection with §1983 and state law police/municipal liability/excessive force claims.  Summary judgment for city affirmed.
  • McDaniel v. Price, 93 CVS 154 ( Rutherford County, N.C. Superior Court).  Obtained defense verdict for employer/steeplejack welding contractor in trial of Woodson wrongful death claim.
  • Kiss Catalog v. Elliott et al., 3:04 CV384-MU (Western District of North Carolina).  Obtained injunctive relief in trademark/copyright infringement action, and impoundment by U.S. Marshals of bootleg rock concert DVD's.
  • Seagle v. Kent-Coffey Manufacturing et al., 155 N.C.App. 221, 573 S.E.2d 772, 2002 WL 31894972 (N.C. App. 2002).  Successful defense of workers compensation asbestos claim; finding of no liability for defendant/client affirmed.
  • NC Insurance Guaranty Association v. International Paper Company, et al.  152 N.C.App. 224, 569 S.E.2d 285, 2002 WL 1796981 (N.C. App. 2002).  Dismissal of claim against client for lack of subject matter jurisdiction affirmed.

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Mediator, N.C. Superior Courts, N.C. Industrial Commission
  • Certified Specialist, Workers Compensation Law, North Carolina State Bar (Former Member, Worker's Compensation Specialization Committee) (2000-2010)
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Local Patent Rules, WDNC (2010)
  • Member, North Carolina Council of Bar Presidents (2007-present)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar:  President (2006-2007); Chair, Bar Leadership Institute (2001-2003)
  • North Carolina Bar Association:  Chair, Workers Compensation Section (2005-2006);  Editor, Course and Scope Newsletter (1999-2003)
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys