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J. Heydt Philbeck concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, contract disputes, unfair business practices, state and federal personnel law, constitutional law, civil rights and occupational licensing. Mr. Philbeck is an experienced trial advocate who has tried over 100 jury and bench trials to verdict. He has successfully represented clients before the North Carolina Supreme Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, he has appeared for clients in the United States District Court for all three federal districts in North Carolina.

Mr. Philbeck's legal abilities and ethics have been recognized by his peers who voted him in "Best Lawyers in America" (Woodard/White) for Commercial Litigation (2010). Mr. Philbeck was also named as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina" (2009) by Law & Politics based on peer ratings. Business North Carolina magazine has listed Mr. Philbeck as among North Carolina's "Legal Elite" (2007-2010) and Law & Politics has listed him as a "North Carolina Super Lawyer" (2006-2010) based on peer ratings. In 2005, the Triangle Business Journal has named him as a top "40 under 40" Leadership Award recipient.

Mr. Philbeck regularly volunteers services pro bono for such programs as Project Together, which provides representation for victims of domestic abuse. He also mentors youth by serving as a judge for the Capital Area Teen Court program and as a judge for the Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition at Campbell Law School. Mr. Philbeck has been a long time fellow at Leadership North Carolina, Leadership Triangle, and at the North Carolina Institute for Political Leadership.

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Licensed

  1. Employment: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Appeals: 20%
  5. Administrative Law: 20%

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Fees:

Retainer (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kevin B. Bunn

    Heydt has an excellent reputation in the area for civil litigation. He is very knowledgeable and works hard to get the best results for his clients.

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Contact info

Bailey & Dixon, LLP

434 Fayetteville Street
25th Floor
Raleigh, NC, 27601

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive199206/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaLIsted, "Best Lawyers in America" for Commercial Litigation2015
Super LawyersListed, North Carolina Super Lawyer2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaLIsted, "Best Lawyers in America" for Employment Litigation2015
Super LawyersListed, "Top 100 Lawyers of North Carolina"2015
Listed, "Top 100 Lawyers of North Carolina"Super Lawyers magazine2014
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale-Hubbell2014
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America" for Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Listed, "Who's Who in American Law"Marquis' Who's Who in American Law2014
LIsted, "Best Lawyers in America" for Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer" for Employment LitigationNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2014
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America" for Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2013
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America"for Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2013
Recipient, "Leader in the Law" AwardNorth Carolina Lawyers Weekly2013
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2012
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2012
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America" for Employment LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America"for Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2011
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2011
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America" for Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2011
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2011
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2010
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2010
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2010
Listed, "Best Lawyers in America" for Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2010
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2009
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Listed, "Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina"Super Lawyers Magazine2009
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2009
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2008
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2008
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2008
Listed, "Legal Elite" for Employment LawBusiness North Carolina Magazine2007
"AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2007
Recipient, "Master Advocate" DesignationNational Institute for Trial Advocacy2007
Listed, "Legal Elite" for LitigationBusiness North Carolina Magazine2007
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Listed, "North Carolina Super Lawyer"Super Lawyers Magazine2006
AV" Rated-- "Preeminent" for Ethics and Legal AbilityMartindale Hubbell2006
40 under 40 Leadership Award RecipientTriangle Business Journal2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselBailey & Dixon, LLP2006 - Present
PartnerAllen & Pinnix, P.A.2000 - 2006
PartnerMurphy & Philbeck, PLLC1992 - 2000
Summer InternNorth Carolina Court of Appeals1990 - 1990
InternUnited States Senate Foreign Relations Committee1988 - 1988
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
10th Judicial District Bar AssociationPast Board MemberN/A
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMemberN/A
North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
Melvin M. Belli SocietyFellowN/A
North Carolina Institute of Political LeadershipFellowN/A
Leadership TriangleFellowN/A
Leadership North CarolinaFellowN/A
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Wake County Bar AssociationPast Board MemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Craven Everett American Inn of CourtPast PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Newberne v. Dept. of Crime Control & Public Safety, et al, 192 N.C.App. 703, 666 S.E.2d 195 (2008)Reversed
Caldwell v. Johnson, Administrator of EPA, 289 Fed.Appx. 579 (4th Cir. 2008)(Unpublished)Reversed and Remanded
Trayford v. North Carolina Psychology Board, 360 N.C. 396, 627 S.E.2d 462 (2006).Affirmed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Survey of Ethics, Grievance, and Malpractice Issues"Pretrial Publicity: Let the Lawyer Beware"1993
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Elon UniversityMagna Cum LaudeBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Georgetown UniversityEngalitcheff InstituteCertificateN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE ProgramEmployment Issues in the Paperless Workplace, Employment Law Update2007
CLE ProgramSex, Race, and other Harassment in the Workplace, Fundamentals of Employment Law in North Carolina2005
CLE ProgramWage & Hour Act Issues, Pro Bono 102: A Practitioner’s Toolkit to Representing the Disadvantaged Client2005
Annual ConventionHow to Turn Lemons into Lemonade: Evaluating Car Cases2004
CLE ProgramEmployee Misconduct and Workplace Torts, Recent Developments in Employment Law2003
CLE ProgramRetaliation Employment Discrimination Act, Recent Developments in Employment Law2003
Chief Panelist, CLE ProgramPractical Skills CLE Program1999