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


 Josh Lanning is experienced in litigating a variety of employment related claims based on statutes, contract and common law, including wrongful termination and breach of contract claims, unfair competition claims, breach of non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality agreements, unemployment compensation matters, wage and hour cases, and workers compensation claims.

In addition, Josh 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 the firm, Josh worked for five years as an associate at a prominent litigation firm in New Haven, Connecticut. 



  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Litigation, 2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2017-2021, 2023
  • Chancellor’s Scholar to the University of North Carolina Law School, a full-tuition scholarship awarded for demonstrated leadership, analytical and academic skills
  • Rookie of the Year, Connecticut Law Tribune as part of its New Leaders in the Law awards ceremony
  • 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
  • Former Member, North Carolina Law review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Access to Justice Pro Bono Partners, Pro Bono Honor Roll by Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Legal Aid of North Carolina–Charlotte, and Council for Children’s Rights, 2013




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


J.D., University of North Carolina, 2000; Order of the Coif; North Carolina Law Review, Staff

B.A., University of North Carolina, 1995 (Distinction, Highest Honors)


  • Middle District of North Carolina, 2009
  • North Carolina, 2008
  • Western District of North Carolina, 2008
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 2002
  • Connecticut, 2002
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