Ben Shook is a shareholder in the firm’s litigation group. He is admitted to practice in all of the state courts of North Carolina, the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
His focus is primarily on business and commercial litigation, including disputes involving commercial lending, defense of real estate foreclosure actions, business tort claims and contract disputes, and employment-related disputes, including enforcing and defending non-competition agreements. Mr. Shook’s litigation practice is also focused strongly on representing minority shareholders in freeze-out situations and litigating other disputes among shareholders of closely held corporations.
He is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Prior to law school, Mr. Shook served for six years in the United States Air Force as an Airborne Communications Systems Technician, flying combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
North Carolina, 2012
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2012
U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2012
North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, Notes Editor, 2011-12, Staff Member, 2010-2011
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009; Phi Beta Kappa; Lloyd International Honors College; Disciplinary Honors Psychology; Phi Sigma Tau
Taylor v. Protection Sys. Technologies, Inc. et al., Case No. 11-CVS-7126 (North Carolina Superior Court, Mecklenburg County) — Represented minority shareholder in successful corporate dissolution and fiduciary breach case against close corporation and two controlling shareholders; in 2013 after two-week bench trial, dissolution and fair value payout awarded plaintiff, along with damages for breach of fiduciary duty claim, with corporate counterclaim dismissed.
RDLG v. RPM Group, LLC, et al., Case No. 13-AP-05002 (E.D. Tennessee Bankruptcy) — Co-counsel representation of real estate developer in obtaining a non-dischargeability judgment based upon the entry of a sanctions-based default judgment entered post-petition against the debtor in separate litigation.
RDLG v. RPM Group, LLC, et al., Case No. 10-CV-204 (Western District of North Carolina) — Represented defrauded real estate developer in successful fraud action culminating in favorable jury verdict after two-day damages trial.
The cases mentioned above are illustrative of the matters handled by the firm. Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Not all results are provided, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.