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Former N. C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr Joins Poyner Spruill


​RALEIGH, NC– Poyner Spruill LLP announced today that former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr will be joining the firm’s Raleigh office. Justice Orr will join the firm Of Counsel, and will practice in the areas of general litigation and legislative and regulatory advocacy.  Orr most recently served as executive director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL).

Justice Orr established the NCICL’s litigation and education services after retirement from the N.C. Supreme Court in 2004.  He spent almost 10 years as a member of the Supreme Court and eight years on the Court of Appeals. Justice Orr was initially appointed to the bench by Governor Jim Martin in 1986 and prior to that time practiced law in Asheville. He was elected four times statewide by the voters of North Carolina, twice to the Court of Appeals and twice to the Supreme Court.

Throughout his career, Justice Orr has served on numerous professional boards and commissions including member and chairman of the Secretary of the Interior’s National Park System Advisory Board, Vice President of the N.C. Bar Association, Chair of the Southeastern Conference on Genetics in the Courtroom and as a member of the Governor’s Crime Commission and the Chief Justice’s Innocence Commission. Justice Orr has also taught appellate advocacy and state constitutional law at area law schools.

“Justice Orr’s experience and service to the state of North Carolina are unprecedented on a multitude of levels and we’re extremely happy to have him on board,” said Bo Dempster, Poyner Spruill’s managing partner.  “His leadership, knowledge and dedication to the community will be extremely valuable to the firm and our clients.”

Justice Orr has been a fixture in the community, participating in numerous activities including the UNC-TV Board of Trustees, the Triangle YMCA Board of Directors, as a Vestry member at his church, and as a mentor through the public school system.  He also currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Clemson Institute for Parks at Clemson University.

A proud North Carolinian, Justice Orr grew up in Hendersonville and is a graduate of both UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate and law school.  He also served three years in the U.S. Army.

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