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Bradley J. Lingo is a partner in our Business Litigation practice. His work encompasses an array of trial and appellate matters, but in recent years much of it has focused on defending accounting firms against claims of malpractice and securities fraud. Brad has represented three of the Big Four accounting firms in cases where plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $1 billion, two of which went to trial.

Recently, Brad was one of the trial lawyers who defended a Big Four accounting firm against a $1.2 billion malpractice lawsuit brought by the Florida Department of Financial Services as the receiver of three Florida insurance companies. King & Spalding’s client obtained a complete defense verdict following a six-week jury trial.

Accounts of pro bono work spearheaded by Brad have appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He also serves, by appointment of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, on the Commission’s North Carolina Advisory Committee, and he is the President of the Federalist Society’s Charlotte Lawyers Chapter.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Brad practiced in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson Dunn and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. While attending Harvard Law School, he served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He graduated first in his class and summa cum laude from Grove City College. While there, he was awarded the Calderwood Scholarship, which goes to the two rising seniors demonstrating outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service.

Brad is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the District of Columbia. Super Lawyers named him one of North Carolina’s Rising Stars in every year from 2014-2017.

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Credentials

J.D., Harvard University, cum laude

B.S., Grove City College, summa cum laude

District of Columbia

North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Law Clerk, Hon. Morris S. Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

District of Columbia Bar

Mecklenburg County Bar

North Carolina State Bar

A North Carolina Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2014–2017

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A North Carolina Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2014–2017

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Obtained a complete defense verdict for a Big Four accounting firm after a six-week jury trial in Florida state court, in a case where potential exposure exceeded $1 billion. The jury found for our client on each of the three counts: negligence; negligent misrepresentation; and breach of contract. This is one of the highest-stakes cases against an accounting firm to go to a jury verdict.

 Represented a Big Four accounting firm in what was reported at the time to be the highest-stakes accounting malpractice case in U.S. history to go to trial. The plaintiff, the trustee of  a bankrupt mortgage originator, sought $5.5 billion in damages in Florida state court. The case settled mid-trial.

Defended a Big Four accounting firm against a claim alleging negligent tax advice. The case settled shortly after Brad argued the motion for summary judgment.

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Obtained a complete defense verdict for a Big Four accounting firm after a six-week jury trial in Florida state court, in a case where potential exposure exceeded $1 billion. The jury found for our client on each of the three counts: negligence; negligent misrepresentation; and breach of contract. This is one of the highest-stakes cases against an accounting firm to go to a jury verdict.

 Represented a Big Four accounting firm in what was reported at the time to be the highest-stakes accounting malpractice case in U.S. history to go to trial. The plaintiff, the trustee of  a bankrupt mortgage originator, sought $5.5 billion in damages in Florida state court. The case settled mid-trial.

Defended a Big Four accounting firm against a claim alleging negligent tax advice. The case settled shortly after Brad argued the motion for summary judgment.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in one of the largest securities fraud and accounting malpractice cases in U.S. history, which arose from a multi-billion dollar restatement.

Defended a law firm facing a putative class action in federal court. The court dismissed, with prejudice, the claims of legal malpractice.

Represented a former MIT professor in a lawsuit challenging actions of the National Institutes of Health. The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit unanimously reversed a district court ruling that denied the client standing to challenge the agency’s actions.

Defended a law firm against a suit by a bankruptcy trustee alleging claims of deepening insolvency and malpractice. Following a successful motion to dismiss, the case settled for less than one-half of 1% of the initial demand.

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February 23, 2015
Business Lit Ledger Winter 2015

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Matters

Obtained a complete defense verdict for a Big Four accounting firm after a six-week jury trial in Florida state court, in a case where potential exposure exceeded $1 billion. The jury found for our client on each of the three counts: negligence; negligent misrepresentation; and breach of contract. This is one of the highest-stakes cases against an accounting firm to go to a jury verdict.

 Represented a Big Four accounting firm in what was reported at the time to be the highest-stakes accounting malpractice case in U.S. history to go to trial. The plaintiff, the trustee of  a bankrupt mortgage originator, sought $5.5 billion in damages in Florida state court. The case settled mid-trial.

Defended a Big Four accounting firm against a claim alleging negligent tax advice. The case settled shortly after Brad argued the motion for summary judgment.

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Obtained a complete defense verdict for a Big Four accounting firm after a six-week jury trial in Florida state court, in a case where potential exposure exceeded $1 billion. The jury found for our client on each of the three counts: negligence; negligent misrepresentation; and breach of contract. This is one of the highest-stakes cases against an accounting firm to go to a jury verdict.

 Represented a Big Four accounting firm in what was reported at the time to be the highest-stakes accounting malpractice case in U.S. history to go to trial. The plaintiff, the trustee of  a bankrupt mortgage originator, sought $5.5 billion in damages in Florida state court. The case settled mid-trial.

Defended a Big Four accounting firm against a claim alleging negligent tax advice. The case settled shortly after Brad argued the motion for summary judgment.

Represented a Big Four accounting firm in one of the largest securities fraud and accounting malpractice cases in U.S. history, which arose from a multi-billion dollar restatement.

Defended a law firm facing a putative class action in federal court. The court dismissed, with prejudice, the claims of legal malpractice.

Represented a former MIT professor in a lawsuit challenging actions of the National Institutes of Health. The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit unanimously reversed a district court ruling that denied the client standing to challenge the agency’s actions.

Defended a law firm against a suit by a bankruptcy trustee alleging claims of deepening insolvency and malpractice. Following a successful motion to dismiss, the case settled for less than one-half of 1% of the initial demand.

Insights

Newsletter

February 23, 2015
Business Lit Ledger Winter 2015

View all

Credentials

J.D., Harvard University, cum laude

B.S., Grove City College, summa cum laude

District of Columbia

North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Law Clerk, Hon. Morris S. Arnold, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

District of Columbia Bar

Mecklenburg County Bar

North Carolina State Bar

A North Carolina Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2014–2017

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Recognition

A North Carolina Rising Star


Super Lawyers, 2014–2017