Tory Summey

Mr. Summey practices in the areas of complex business litigation and commercial landlord/tenant law.  Mr. Summey has particular experience regarding disputes involving closely-held businesses, commercial real estate, lender liability, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, post-judgment collection, and fraudulent transfers.   Mr. Summey has appeared in state courts across North Carolina, federal courts for the Western and Middle Districts of North Carolina, and in arbitrations conducted pursuant to the North Carolina Arbitration Act and AAA Rules for Commercial Arbitration.  Tory prides himself in helping his clients accurately assess the advantages and disadvantages of litigation, avoiding it where possible, and tackling it head on where necessary.



Bar Admissions

North Carolina, 2013
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2013
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2017




Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law: Senior Notes and Comments Editor, 2012-2013; Staff Member, 2011-2012
Davidson College, B.A., 2010

Representative Matters

Wright v. Zacky & Sons Poultry, LLC, No. 1:14-CV-570 (M.D.N.C. May 15, 2014) – Represented defendant in successful Motion to Dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds.  Defendant was a California company sued for breach of contract by a former executive that chose to commute from North Carolina.

DWC 3, Inc. v. Kissel, Iredell County, 14-CVS-262 – Represented plaintiff in successful Motion for Summary Judgment for complaint seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers.

Venture Technology Group, Inc. v. Great American Advisory and Valuation Services, LLC v. Olivier, Mecklenburg County, 13-CVS-20463 – Prepared Motion to Dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds for third-party defendant who was a Florida resident.  Obtained negotiated voluntary dismissal without prejudice prior to hearing.

Represented regional commercial landlords in a variety of matters, including numerous summary ejectments, breach of lease actions, and lease negotiations.

Advised employers and litigated cases regarding breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and the misappropriation of trade secrets.


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.