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Pamela S. Duffy
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Graham Attorney
Pamela S. Duffy

Phone: 336.333.6400


Languages: English

Pamela Duffy is an energetic attorney with more than 25 years of litigation experience who focuses on commercial and estate disputes. In addition to representing her clients in litigation, she is committed to finding practical and creative resolutions when possible.

She has appeared in state, federal and the North Carolina Business Court, tried numerous cases in jury and bench trials, and has handled appeals in state and federal courts. Pamela is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution, and is trained as a NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator. She is also trained in Collaborative Law and is a member of the North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association.

Pamela’s estate and fiduciary litigation practice includes defense of fiduciaries as well as pursuit of claims for beneficiaries. In her commercial litigation practice, she has handled matters statewide in many industries, representing primarily closely held companies in contract disputes, business torts and employment matters.  She assists employees in higher education with employment disputes and also represents lawyers and accountants in professional liability matters.

She is admitted to practice in all North Carolina Federal District Courts, the Bankruptcy Court for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

She has served on numerous community organization boards, including the Ethics Committee of Alamance Regional Medical Center, the United Way of Alamance County, Hospice of Alamance-Caswell, the Elon University Board of Visitors, the Alamance Chamber, Women’s Resource Center of Burlington, The Burlington School board of trustees and the Alamance Rotary Club.

Outside of the office, Pamela enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and traveling.

Honors and Listings

  • North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award (2011)
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation and in Litigation – Trusts & Estates (2011 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite 2019
  • Selected to 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers®


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1991
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Co-Chair Local Bar Outreach Committee (2017-2018)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Federal and Guilford County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association

Reported Cases

  • Matter of Thompson, 795 S.E.2d 395, 396 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016) (Upholding guardianship order entered nunc pro tunc)
  • Hall v. Greene, 782 S.E.2d 580 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016) (Upholding dismissal based on statute of limitations)
  • Lacey v. Kirk, 767 S.E.2d 632 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014) (Obtained $766,000 jury verdict arising out of executrix’s failure to distribute ($700,000 punitive award), which was upheld on appeal
  • Colonial Trading v. Bassett Furniture, 530 Fed. Appx. 218 (4th Cir. 2013) (successfully defended appeal of $1.3 million unfair trade practice claim)
  • Tobacco Square LLC v. Putnam County Bank (In re Tobacco Square LLC), 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 1984 (Successfully defended attack on validity of $5 million deed of trust)
  • Ward v. MidCarolina Bank, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12935 (M.D.N.C) (Dismissing Fair Housing Act claim)
  • Kinesis Advertising, Inc. v. Hill, et. al., 658 S.E.2d 485 (2008) (Summary judgment and successful defense of appeal in complex shareholder and non-compete claim)
  • Mason v. ILS Techs., LLC, 2008 U.S. Dist LEXIS 28905 (W.D.N.C.) (Upholding privilege as to employee’s information on employer’s email account and server)
  • Better Bus. Forms & Prods. v. Craver, 2007 NCBC 34 (Avoiding non-compete in case of first impression)
  • Buckland v. Hobbs, 2006 N.C. App. LEXIS 678 (Upholding finding of lack jurisdiction arising out of internet transaction)
  • Rothman v. Town of Elon, 177 N.C.App. 148 (2006) (Obtaining dismissal of appeal of order protecting police investigation file from disclosure)
  • Khozam v. LSAA, Inc . 2006 U.S. Distr. LEXIS 98418 (Dismissal of religious discrimination claim)
  • Perkins v. Perkins, 2002 N.C. App. LEXIS 2630 (Affirming judgment of divorce)
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consol. V. Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 353 N.C. 370 (2000) (Avoiding enforcement of letter of intent as binding contract)
  • Findlay v. PHE, Inc., 1999 WL 1939245 (M.D.N.C. 1999) (Dismissing FMLA claim)


  • J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, 1991
  • B.A., Boston University, 1988 (with distinction)

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Sharpless McClearn Lester Duffy, PA

200 North Main Street
Suite 304
Graham, NC 27253
United States

Law Firm Contact: Pamela S. Duffy

Tel: 336.333.6400

Fax: 336.333.6399



Member Since: 2020

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