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Bobby L. Bollinger Jr.

also known as Bob Bollinger

About me

The insurance company is NOT on your side.   But I am.    


If you hire me as your lawyer, you will get my personal attention.  You will not be pawned off onto another, less-experienced lawyer or have virtually everything done in your case by a person who is NOT a lawyer.   Everyone's case is unique, and the "assembly line" approach that is used by some "settlement mill" types of big firms just, in my opinion, does not produce the best results for clients. 


You will have my personal email address, that I personally monitor and use, and you can send me your questions and concerns anytime by email.   


I will be doing the legal work on your case---I do not have a big staff of paralegals to whom the lawyer work is delegated.   You will typically deal with only one paralegal in addition to me.    


My goal is to protect your rights and to add value to your claim.  I want you to be better off for having hired me to handle your case. 


When your case is finished, I want you to feel that I did a great job.  I want to earn your "five star rating" here on the AVVO client reviews.    


Many people need a good lawyer for their workers' comp cases, because the insurance company does not have the workers' best interests at heart.   The NC Court of Appeals has stated that: "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity.....  Leaving injured employees without the representation they need to obtain the complete and total amount of their workers' compensation award would defeat the purposes of the [Workers' Compensation] Act.  In fact, employers would be encouraged to contest liability and meanwhile make voluntary payments less than that required by the Workers' Compensation Act."  Church v. Baxter Travenol, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991) (bold emphasis added).


I have been a Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law since 2000, and was in the first class of lawyers to be certified.    I have practiced workers' compensation law since 1991.   A Board Certified Specialist has been tested and vetted by the NC State Bar in order to assure the public that the lawyer has a high level of competence in the specialty area of law.  As the Court of Appeals said in Church, an injured employee needs a "competent" attorney on a workers' compensation case.  An injured worker can be assured that a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law is indeed competent to handle the case properly.


 


I grew up in Newton, North Carolina, which was primarily a furniture and textiles town at the time.   I enjoy handling workers' compensation cases for injured workers, partly because I worked in "blue collar" jobs as a young man.  I worked in retail stores, in a furniture factory (tailing the rip saws), in a foam rubber factory (on the "Baumer slitter" cutting carpet cushion) and for a plant nursery and landscaping business.  I also taught tennis lessons in Hickory.  I understand hard, physical work, and I have seen with my own eyes how employees are sometimes mistreated by management.  That mistreatment has always made me angry.   Now, as a workers' compensation specialist lawyer, I have the skills and credentials to do something about it for my clients.  I can level that playing field for the working man or woman.   And I love doing that for my clients!       


Workers' Compensation is a complex and complicated area of the law.  I give injured workers a strong and aggressive voice against the rich and powerful insurance company.   That insurance carrier has entire law firms at its disposal to use against injured workers.   The insurance company just wants to make money--it does not care about you or your family.  There is nothing I enjoy more than taking on the big insurance company and winning a good award, or negotiating a good settlement, for a client who has been injured at work and still has children to feed and bills to pay.  My goal as a lawyer is always to protect your rights and to add value to your claim.  At the end of the case, I always want to leave you better off for having hired me to help you.  And with a little luck, I will leave you a lot better off!   


Without a good lawyer, an injured worker is at the mercy of the insurance company and its lawyers.   Look at the web sites of the insurance defense law firms here in NC-- such as the "Cranfill Sumner,"   "Hedrick Gardner" and "McAngus Goudelock" firms.  They have dozens of lawyers in their workers' compensation defense sections who only represent insurance carriers and employers.   Who is going to be your legal advocate?   I enjoy being an attorney for the hard-working people of North Carolina who need my help.   So get in touch with me!  If you need me, I would like to help. 


As I mentioned earlier, I am certified by the NC State Bar as a "Specialist" in Workers' Compensation Law.  Unlike some lawyers, I do not dabble in workers' comp law; it is the main area in which I work.  In 2014-2015, Workers' Comp was approximately 96% of my practice.  Those lawyers who lack my experience charge you the same fee percentage that I do.  Why would you hire someone less skilled and less experienced if the fee percentage you pay is the same?  


In addition to my Specialist certification, I have also earned the respect of the defense lawyers that I go up against.   My peers have rated me highly.  I have been listed as "AV Preeminent" (Top 5% of rated lawyers in the nation) in Martindale Hubbell every year since 2005.   I have also been selected as a North Carolina "Superlawyer" every year since 2007.  And I have been named in the "Best Lawyers in America" every year since 2008.  Best Lawyers named me the "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 in the area of "Workers' Compensation Claimants' Lawyers" for the Charlotte area. 


In 2015 I was inducted as a "Fellow" into a national workers' comp lawyer honorary organization, the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers.  Only fifteen (15) NC lawyers who represent injured workers have been inducted into that College, and of those, only two of us are from Charlotte.   My peers in the Plaintiffs' bar, who also represent injured workers, elected me to be the Chairman of the Workers' Compensation Section of the NC Advocates of Justice, our statewide lawyer group, for the fiscal year of 2009-10.   All these peer endorsements mean that I know what I am doing.   Fortunately, I can use that knowledge to help you get what you need from your workers' comp claim.       


If you have a question about your North Carolina workers' compensation claim, then get in touch with me.  Consultations are always free and I will answer your questions in person, on the phone or by email.   There is no obligation on your part.  I am happy to answer questions because I know that if you need a good lawyer to represent you, then you will likely let me have that job.  So don't hesitate to get in touch with me for a free discussion and legal advice about your workers' compensation case!     

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Workers Compensation: 95%
    25 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 5%
    27 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (25%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • F. "Bill" William Powers

    Bob Bollinger is a top notch, hard working lawyer's lawyer. He's compassionate, friendly and also feared by the other side. I can't say enough nice things about him. If you need sound legal advice, call Bob. If you were injured while working, call Bob. If the system seems more concerned about money and your years of service, call Bob.

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  • Samuel A. Scudder

    I endorse this lawyer. Not only is Bob well-versed in the law and the practical application of the law, but he is genuinely a good guy that cares about his clients on a personal level.

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    Samuel Scudder Workers compensation Attorney
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Contact info

Bollinger Law Firm PC

601 East Fifth Street
Suite 250
Charlotte, NC, 28202

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive198808/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
LAWYER OF THE YEAR in Claimant's Workers' Comp in CharlotteBest Lawyers in America2017
Best Lawyers in America (workers' compensation)Best Lawyers in America2017
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
NC Superlawyer (workers' compensation)Superlawyers.com2016
Recertified as a Specialist in Workers' Compensation LawNC State Bar2016
Best Lawyers in North CarolinaOur State Magazine2016
Best Lawyers in America (workers' compensation)Best Lawyers in America2016
NC Superlawyer (workers' compensation)Superlawyers.com2015
FellowCollege of Workers' Compensation Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Lawyers in America (workers' compensation)Best Lawyers in America2015
Best Law Firms in AmericaUS News and World Report2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Best Lawyers in America (Workers' Compensation)Best Lawyers in America2014
North Carolina SuperlawyerSuperlawyers.com2014
NC Superlawyer (workers' compensation)SuperLawyers.com2013
AV Preeminent (Top 5% peer rating)Martindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyers in America (Workers' Compensation)Best Lawyers in America2013
Advocate (Continuing Education Achievement)NC Advocates for Justice2012
AV "Preeminent" (Top 5%)Martindale-Hubbell2012
Certified Superior Court MediatorNC Dispute Resolution Commission2012
"Ebbie" Award - President's Award for Service to NCAJNC Advocates for Justice2012
NC SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2011
Best Law Firms in America (NC Workers' Compensation)US News and World Report/ Best Lawyers in America2011
NC Superlawyers (Workers' Compensation)Law & Politics Magazine2011
Recertified as a Specialist in Workers' CompensationNC State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization2011
AV "Preeminent" rating (top 5%)Martindale-Hubbell2011
Order of ServiceNC Advocates for Justice2011
AV "Preeminent" Rating (Top 5%)Martindale Hubbell2010
North Carolina Super Lawyers (workers comp)Law & Politics Magazine2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2010
North Carolina Super Lawyers (workers' comp)Law & Politics Magazine2009
Best Lawyers In AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2009
AV "Preeminent" Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/Wright Inc.2008
North Carolina Super Lawyers (workers comp)Law & Politics Magazine2008
AV "Preeminent" (Top 5%) peer review ratingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV "Preeminent" (Top 5%) Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
North Carolina Super Lawyers (workers comp)Law & Politics Magazine2007
Recertified as a Workers' Comp SpecialistNC State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization2006
AV "Preeminent" (Top 5%) Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV "Preeminent" (Top 5%) Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation LawNC State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and OwnerBollinger Law Firm PC2008 - Present
Attorney and PartnerBollinger & Piemonte, PC1999 - 2008
AttorneyKnox, Knox, Freeman & Brotherton1988 - 1999
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Workers' Compensation LawyersFellow2015 - Present
Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG)Member2008 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember1988 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Carolina's CarrouselDirector2010 - 2013
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Workers' Compensation SectionChair of section2009 - 2010
NC Advocates for Justice, Workers' Compensation SectionVice Chair2008 - 2009
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Workers' Compensation SectionSecretary2007 - 2008
Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy of NC, Inc.Director2005 - 2006
Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with DisabilitiesCouncil Board Member1997 - 2006
United Cerebral Palsy of NC, Inc.President (Chairman) of the Board of Directors1995 - 1999
United Cerebral Palsy of NC, Inc.Director1993 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fisher V. United AirlinesWe won at the Full Commission.
Clatterbuck v. Queen City ApplianceWe won at the Deputy Commissioner level
Clark v. Summit Contractors, COA14-698Bob won this denied case 3-0 at the Court of Appeals.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Workers' First Watch [magazine of WILG (www.WILG.org)]Unexpected Income Tax Consequences in Settlement Agreements2011
Trial Briefs Magazine (NCATL)Proving Disability in Accident Claims2006
Campbell Law ReviewWarrantless Aerial Surveillance Endorsed-California v. Ciraolo1987
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of North Carolina, CharlotteEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NCAJ WC RoundtableHandling Non-Insured Cases2016
NCAJ Basics of Workers' CompensationOverview of NC Workers' Comp2014
NCAJ/NCADA Passage to ProfessionalismProfessionalism (Attorney Ethics)2013
NCAJ Spring Seminar for ParalegalsRecent Changes to Workers' Compensation Law2013
NCAJ/NCADA Professionalism for Workers' Comp AttorneysEthics2011
NCAJ Legal Assistants' ConferenceOverview of NC Workers' Compensation Law2011
NCAJ Annual ConventionUnexpected Income Tax Consequences in Settlements2010
NCBA Workers' Compensation School of LawComparison of Positional Risk with Other Theories of Risk2009
NCATL Mastering the Industrial Commission HearingPre-Hearing Preparation of the Case2008
NCATL Workers' Comp RoundtableProving Disability in Accident Cases2006
NCATL Annual ConventionMalpractice Traps in Plaintiffs' Workers' Compensation Practice2004
Advanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaMedical Issues and Their Role in the Complex Workers' Compensation Claim2001
Advanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaLitigation Techniques for the Difficult Workers' COmpensation Case2001
North Carolina Labor and Employment LawInjuries in the Workplace--Examining the Workers' Compensation Process1998
North Carolina Labor and Employment LawEthical Considerations- Ex Parte Contacts with Medical Providers1998
Avanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaMedical Issues in the Complex Workers' Compensation Claim1998
Advanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaLitigation Techniques for the Difficult Workers' COmpensation Case1998
Advanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaLitigation Techniques for the Difficult Workers' Compensation Case--Plaintiffs' Point of View1997
Advanced Workers' Compensation In North CarolinaCase Law Update 19971997
Advanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaRecent Changes in the Law1997
Advanced Workers' Compensation in North CarolinaThe Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 1994: What Will It Mean to Injured Workers?1994