Mary K. Mandeville

Mary Mandeville | Super Lawyers Award North Carolina

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Mary Mandeville is a Member of Alexander Ricks PLLC.  Mary has 26 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation matters in North Carolina state, federal, and business courts, including jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appeals.  Mary’s practice includes contract disputes, financial services litigation, class actions, employment litigation, covenants not to compete, trade secret disputes, unfair trade practices claims, partnership and LLC disputes, and matters seeking injunctive relief.  Prior to joining Alexander Ricks PLLC in June 2011, Mary was a litigation partner with Mayer Brown LLP in Charlotte for 11 years and then served as the firm’s Director of Professional Development, overseeing aspects of the attorney compensation and promotion process.  Throughout much of her legal career, Mary has been actively involved in bar and other volunteer activities.  She has been repeatedly recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyer in Business Litigation.

Notable Engagements

• Litigation regarding non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, including proceedings seeking injunctive relief.  For example: obtained restraining order prohibiting employee of financial services company from violating non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements; defended former employees in lawsuits alleging breach of covenants not to compete and misappropriation of trade secrets; represented former employees and new employer in North Carolina Business Court case involving claims for tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets.
• Contract disputes.  For example: defended employer beverage distributor against claims for breach of contract and wage and hour violations, obtaining stay of litigation pending arbitration, after which plaintiff dismissed claims; defended company in action by prospective employee alleging breach of contract and promissory estoppel; defended manufacturer in multimillion dollar breach of contract claim by parts supplier; defended manufacturing company in action by prospective purchaser seeking to enforce letter of intent for sale of multimillion dollar manufacturing facility, obtaining dismissal of complaint because letter of intent was unenforceable.
• Guaranty litigation.   For example: obtained summary judgment in favor of guarantor and defended guarantor in jury trial against claims of fraud, misrepresentation, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair trade practices (which claims were ultimately dismissed); represented secured creditor in jury trial returning verdict finding that creditor’s sale of collateral was commercially reasonable (affirmed on appeal).
• Partnership and LLC disputes. For example: represented receiver of LLC in dispute between LLC members involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of operating agreement, and fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation; defended subsequent purchaser of cable company in class action by limited partners who objected to sale of cable company assets.
• Commercial lease litigation. For example: represented commercial tenant in dispute with landlord and other tenants over use of leased premises, obtaining successful resolution and dismissal of all claims against client; represented commercial equipment lessor.
• Fiduciary litigation.  For example: represented trustees in dispute over the value of trust assets; represented executor in action to remove co-executor.
• Financial services litigation.  For example:  defense of national bank in putative class action alleging that bank improperly processed electronic payment transactions on behalf of tribal lenders offering purportedly usurious payday loans; defended financial institution against claims by former trustee of purported misappropriation of name or likeness, invasion of privacy and unfair trade practices; defended mortgage lender in purported class action by register of deeds challenging legality of designating MERS as mortgagee, with claims against mortgage lender dismissed for failure to state a claim; represented financial institution in Enron securities litigation; represented financial institution in obtaining injunctive relief to proceed with securitization transaction and defense of related claims of breach of contract and alleged trade secret misappropriation; represented successor to credit card issuer in action to enforce arbitration agreement in amended credit card agreement; represented commercial mortgage lender in action to enforce commercial mortgage prepayment provision.
• Intellectual property.  Defended foreign telecommunications providers in federal court action alleging infringement of patents relating to international text and SMS messaging; obtained dismissal of clients for lack of personal jurisdiction.
• Class action litigation.  For example: representation of manufacturers in various indirect purchaser consumer class actions alleging antitrust violations.
• Various appeals in federal and state courts.
• Representation of third parties in responding to subpoenas, depositions and document productions.

Education

Mary graduated from Duke University School of Law, with Honors, in 1988, and from the University of South Carolina, magna cum laude, in 1985, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Admissions

US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 1991
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1991
US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 1988
US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1988
All North Carolina State Courts, 1988
North Carolina, 1988

Civic and Professional Organizations

Board of Directors, Mecklenburg County Bar, Charlotte (2006-2008)
Board of Directors, Loaves & Fishes, Charlotte (2006-2008)
Steering Committee, Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk, Charlotte (2007)
Women’s Impact Fund (member since 2007)

Personal

Mary is married and has two sons.  She is a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where she recently served as an Elder (Class of 2014).