Pamela S. Duffy

Practice Areas
  • Estate & Fiduciary Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation and Business Torts
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Employment Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • State and Federal Appeals
  • Mediation

Memberships & Experience


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1991
  • Federal and Guilford County Bar Associations
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Member, Litigation Section Committee and Citizen Lawyer Committee

Reported Cases

  • Matter of Thompson, 795 S.E.2d 395, 396 (N.C. Ct. App. 2016)
  • In re Thompson, 754 S.E.2d 168, 170 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Lacey v. Kirk, 767 S.E.2d 632 (N.C. Ct. App. 2014)
  • $766,000 jury verdict arising out of Executrix’s failure to distribute ($700k punitive)
  • Successfully defended appeal of $1.3m unfair trade practice claim (Colonial Trading v. Bassett Furniture, 530 Fed. Appx. 218 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • Successfully defended attack on validity of $5m deed of trust (Tobacco Square LLC v. Putnam County Bank (In re Tobacco Square LLC), 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 1984)
  • Obtained $522,000 jury verdict in shareholder dispute ($500k punitive) and defense verdict on $1.2m counterclaim
  • Obtained $548,000 construction arbitration award and defeated $1.2m counterclaim
  • Summary judgment in favor of community bank on $5m loan and successful pursuit of complex post-judgment collection remedies
  • Ward v. MidCarolina Bank, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12935 (M.D.N.C) (dismissing Fair Housing Act claim)
  • Summary judgment and successful defense of appeal in complex shareholder and noncompete claim (Kinesis Advertising, Inc. v. Hill, et. al., 658 S.E.2d 485 (2008)
  • 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 noncompete)
  • Buckland v. Hobbs, 2006 N.C. App. LEXIS 678 (upholding finding of lack jurisdiction arising out of internet transaction)
  • Khozam v. LSAA, Inc . 20056 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)


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

Pamela Duffy has been a litigator since 1991, focusing her practice on commercial litigation and estate litigation. She has handled matters statewide in a diverse set of industries, primarily representing closely held companies and professionals in contract disputes, business torts, insurance coverage disputes, intellectual property disputes, and employment matters. Ms. Duffy strives to help her litigation clients find practical and creative business resolutions where possible and desirable. Her practice also encompasses trust and estate disputes, including defense of fiduciaries as well as pursuit of claims for beneficiaries. She has substantial experience in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, as well as appeals, in both State and Federal courts.

Ms. Duffy is a Certified Superior Court Mediator and uses her extensive civil trial practice experience to effectively mediate disputes.

Ms. Duffy is actively engaged in the community in Burlington, North Carolina, a place which she has called home since 2002 and where she worked for 23 years. Giving back to the community which has supported her practice is of importance to her, and believes that by doing the right thing by her community is a key component of her own success. Having joined Sharpless & Stavola in 2015, Ms. Duffy will continue to reside in Burlington and looks forward to continued volunteer opportunities to serve both her home and work communities.

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

Honors & 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™
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Community Involvement

  • United Way of Alamance County (2005-2015)
    • Board Chair (2013-2014)
    • Campaign Chair (2012-2013)
    • Community Impact Chair (2010-2011)
  • Board of Directors, Hospice of Alamance-Caswell (2013 to present)

  • Board of Visitors, Elon University (2013 to 2015)
  • Board of Directors, Alamance County Chamber of Commerce (2009-2011)
  • Board of Directors, Women’s Resource Center (2008 to 2012)

  • Board of Trustees, The Burlington School (2008 - present)
  • President, Alamance Rotary Club (2007 - 2008)