Kerry L. Traynum

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T: (980) 335-0712
F: (704) 365-3676

Kerry Traynum joined Alexander Ricks as a Member in August 2014. Since he began practicing law in Charlotte in 2004, Kerry has litigated and provided counsel for clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina on a wide range of commercial and construction-related matters, including breach of contract claims, non-compete agreement enforcement and defense, negligence and premises liability claims, fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practice claims and defense, real estate disputes, collection matters, and estate and fiduciary litigation. Kerry also has significant experience representing title insurance companies and their insureds with claims defense and resolution, mechanic’s lien defense, and defalcation/fraud recovery actions. Kerry has represented both large and small companies—including general contractors, subcontractors, banks, manufacturers, mortgage brokerage firms, and closely-held corporations—as well as individuals. Kerry strives to communicate and work closely with clients throughout every stage of the litigation process to obtain the desired results in the most efficient manner.

Kerry is originally from Pendleton, South Carolina.  He has lived in North Carolina since starting college at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina in 1993.  At Gardner-Webb, Kerry majored in Religious Studies and graduated magna cum laude in 1997.  Following college, Kerry worked in college admissions for four years before attending law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He graduated from the UNC School of Law and was inducted to the Order of the Coif in 2004. He is licensed in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Bar Admissions

North Carolina
South Carolina
Western District of North Carolina
Middle District of North Carolina
Eastern District of North Carolina
District of South Carolina

Presentations and CLE

2014 North Carolina Bar Association Construction Law Section Winter Program, “An Advanced Study of Suretyship Under the Miller Act:  Damages Recoverable Under Surety Bonds.”
Mecklenburg County Bar Association CLE, “Avoiding Malpractice Pitfalls,” November 2013.

 Civic and Community Activities

North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section
Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, St. Patrick Athletic Association
Volunteer, Junior Achievement

Notable Engagements

  •  Austin Maintenance & Constr., Inc. v. Crowder Constr. Co., 742 S.E.2d 535 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012). Successfully defended defendant company who provided construction related maintenance services to a third-party against claims of $1 million + for tortious interference with contract, UDTPA, civil conspiracy, and injunctive relief alleged by the plaintiff / competitor, obtained summary judgment in favor of the defendant company and dismissal of all claims of plaintiff, which was unanimously affirmed on appeal by the North Carolina Court of Appeal, and  obtained a post-appeal award of attorneys fees and costs from the trial court against the plaintiff in excess of $300,000.00.
  • Wachs Technical Services, Ltd. v. Praxair Distribution, Inc., 2012 WL 945215 (N.C. Ct. App. Mar. 20, 2012). Represented welding products supplier client against claims by purchaser/contractor that client incorrectly labeled and certified welding products, which resulted in repair and replacement damages on an Illinois project in excess of $500,000. Successfully obtained summary judgment and  dismissal of all claims against client at trial court level and successfully defended appeal to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, which unanimously affirmed summary judgment, in favor of client.
  • In re: 222 South Caldwell Street, Ltd. Partnership, 409 B.R. 770 (W.D.N.C. 2009).Obtained judgment on the pleadings in favor of lender in a lawsuit against 100+ parties claiming superior equitable and statutory liens against a condominium project totaling several million dollars.
  • Successfully defended mortgage brokerage company as well as an owner and an officer of the company through bench trial against claims by lender of fraudulent transfer, tortious interference with contract, successor liability, corporate veil piercing, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and civil conspiracy based on allegations that clients transferred assets and trademarks of prior company and continued to operate prior company through new company.
  • Represented entertainment media company in a lawsuit involving multi-million dollar claim for negligent hiring and supervision; obtained dismissal of all claims prior to trial.
  • Represented resort management company concerning long-term lease dispute; successfully defended against challenge to validity of lease and related claims.


Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers Magazine North Carolina “Super Lawyers” Rising Star (2015)