Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1995 (Distinction, Highest Honors)
  • J.D., University of North Carolina, 2000; Order of the Coif; North Carolina Law Review, Staff
  • North Carolina, 2008
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 2002
  • Connecticut, 2002
  • Western District of North Carolina, 2008
  • Middle District of North Carolina, 2009
  • Civil Rights
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Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Joshua D. Lanning

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Josh Lanning brings considerable litigation experience to his cases with a wide-ranging background in complex commercial disputes and substantial tort claims.

Lanning has represented plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts throughout North Carolina as well as in a number of other jurisdictions, having litigated significant disputes on behalf of his clients in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maine, Georgia, Utah, Nebraska, Texas, and Louisiana. In addition, Lanning has managed multiple internal investigations for clients including Fortune 500 companies and local government bodies.

In the courtroom, Lanning has tried numerous cases to court decision or jury verdict and has successfully argued state and federal appeals in areas ranging from constitutional law to securities entitlements. Lanning focuses his practice on commercial litigation including matters involving complex contractual disputes; fraud and other business torts; Civil RICO; unfair commercial practices; securities fraud; intellectual property; and fiduciary duties.  His clients are a diverse set of people and businesses ranging from individuals and families to large national banking institutions.

In addition, Lanning has made pro bono matters an important part of his litigation practice.  His experience includes representing prisoners in need of adequate medical care; advocating for special needs children requesting special education services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; helping battered spouses obtain protective orders; representing families facing eviction; and assisting in obtaining debt relief for low-income families who were victims of a nationwide fraud ring. 

Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Lanning worked for five years as an associate at a prominent litigation firm in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Of Note

  • Named a Chancellor’s Scholar to the University of North Carolina Law School, a full-tuition scholarship awarded for demonstrated leadership, analytical and academic skills.
  • Named Rookie of the Year by the Connecticut Law Tribune as part of its New Leaders in the Law awards ceremony.
  • Served as a Henry Luce Foundation scholar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia assisting the Malaysian Bar Foundation in implementing its new Domestic Violence Act and in developing its new section on international mediation and arbitration. 
  • Served as a member of the North Carolina Law review.
  • Order of the Coif.
  • Named to the Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners 2013 Pro Bono Honor Roll by Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid of North Carolina–Charlotte, and Council for Children’s Rights
  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in 2017 for Business Litigation

Representative Matters

In connection with his commercial matters, Josh has:

  • Defended several prominent construction companies against competitors’ Civil RICO claims alleging public bid-rigging scheme;
  • Represented a family business in action for securities fraud to recoup investment funds obtained by material misrepresentation;
  • Represented a national banking institution in defending lender liability claims based on breach of fiduciary duties related to investment accounts;
  • Represented a prominent real estate investment group in obtaining emergency receivership to preserve collateral in the face of covert dissipation of assets;
  • Represented investors in obtaining emergency relief in connection with breach of joint venture agreement to buy and sell business aircraft;
  • Represented a large publicly traded company in resolving complex leasing dispute;
  • Represented a national banking institution in defending claims arising from international acquisition of corporate entities.

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice