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William Cory Reiss

Litigation Attorney at Wilmington, NC

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also known as W. Cory Reiss, Cory Reiss

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    My philosophy is to pick the right battles rather than just picking fights. But litigation is often necessary when negotiations break down. We conduct discovery, develop our legal theories, and take the case to trial before a judge or jury.

  2. Contracts and agreements
    I negotiate, draft, and interpret contracts and agreements in varied business environments. Many of my litigation cases concern contract disputes and complex business actions.

  3. Other

  4. Medical malpractice
    Medical negligence cases arise when a doctor violates the "standard of care" for a procedure and causes injury to a patient.

  5. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    Nursing home neglect is all too common and will likely increase with the aging of our population.

If you need my help, it's probably because you have a story that needs to be told in a way that will be heard and believed.  I spent my first career as a journalist learning how to find the kernel of truth in every situation--the reason officials missed signs of an environmental disaster, a telling detail in a senseless murder, the lobbyist behind hypocracy in the halls of Congress--and how to convey that to the broadest possible audience.  Those are handy skills when collecting the important details in a legal dispute that can have serious consequences for all involved, and they help me find the levers that may promote settlement or sway a judge or jury.

Legal disputes, especially the possibility of litigation, are stressful and usually confusing.  I often find that clients come to me believing they are focused on the most important of facts only to learn that their position hinges on an entirely different detail.  In other words, they need help finding their story.  Part of my job is to take as much of that stress as possible and shoulder it for my clients so they can get on with their lives as best they can while the often lengthy process of negotation or litigation unfolds.  I want clients to leave our first meeting breathing a sigh of relief, knowing that their story is in the hands of someone who's able to tell it effectively.  

Licensed for 12 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Andrew | July 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Litigation
Cory was retained by my company at the time as a result of a buyers agent not properly informing his client of the condition of the property she was purchasing. Cory navigated us through a two year legal battle with these folks that ended most triumphantly in our favor. The communication with Cory and his paralegal, Patty, was almost instantaneous and incredibly informative at all times. We were very pleased with all aspects of the process and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal consult!
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Posted by Joe | July 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Cory
In fact, I have highly recommended Cory to a close friend of mine. My case with Cory might have been his first case as the lead attorney. He was extremely well prepared. It was a complicated case and in the end Cory sorted out the facts and we won rather easily. I'm very grateful to Cory. I'd hire him again without hesitation.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shipman & Wright, LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Washington Correspondent
  • The New York Times Regional Media Group
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Reporter
  • The Morning Star and Sunday Star-News
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Managing Editor and Reporter
  • The Charlottesville Observer
  • 1993 - 1997
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  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • King v. Pender Cty., 241 N.C. App. 656, 775 S.E.2d 695 (2015)
  • Judgment in favor of the family members affirmed.
  • Ret. Comm. of DAK Americas LLC v. Brewer, 867 F.3d 471 (4th Cir. 2017)
  • Summary judgment in favor of the Plan reversed as to my client by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2011 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Order of Barristers
  • 2010 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Inductee
  • The Order of Barristers
  • 2010
  • James F. Hoge Memorial Award
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • 2009
  • The Sunshine Award
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • 1998
  • 3rd Place Series of News Stories
  • Virginia Press Association
  • 1996
  • 3rd Place Sports Feature Writing
  • Virginia Press Association
  • 1995
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