Bonnie Green is an attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience developing compelling litigation strategies and winning cases in state and federal courts.
Bonnie has practiced sophisticated litigation in disputes of all sizes and in many areas of civil and criminal law. Her peers consider her to be a “lawyer’s lawyer” for her meticulous attention to detail, process, and accuracy—all important qualities in the practice of appellate law. When analyzing a complex legal issue, she enjoys the challenge of bringing order to the chaos of ideas and articulating a strong position that is well-grounded in law. Her strategic advocacy and effective use of language allow her to persuade courts often to rule in her clients’ favor.
Bonnie’s practice focuses on appellate litigation and civil and criminal litigation at The Green Firm, which she owns and operates. Before establishing her own firm, Bonnie served as Of Counsel at Higgins & Owens, PLLC. Prior to that, she was an attorney with the Charlotte office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick (SLK) for six years. While at SLK, she focused on commercial litigation, construction & surety law, products liability litigation, and employment law and litigation.
Bonnie began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen J. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she was a member of the Georgia Law Review.
Bonnie enjoys spending time with her daughter and considers her role as a mother to be one of her greatest accomplishments. She is passionate about her community and the character she displays to make it a diverse, equal, and better place for all, including within the legal field. Bonnie has great appreciation for the arts, and in her spare time, she enjoys watercolor painting and playing tennis. She is an active member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.
- The University of Georgia School of Law, (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
- Virginia Commonwealth University, (B.A., magna cum laude, 1990)
- North Carolina, 2007
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
- Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Appellate Law, 2018-2021
- Super Lawyers, 2020-2021
- North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018
- Won appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, upholding a jury’s verdict awarding damages for breach of an employment contract made in connection with the sale of an industrial supply business: Baucom v. DoALL Co., No. 19-1883, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 1646, 2021 WL 219536 (4th Cir. Jan. 21, 2021).
- Prevailed in bankruptcy appeal on the issue of whether a loan made to pay off student loans was dischargeable in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy: Juber v. Conklin (In re Conklin), No. 3:19-CV-00091-KDB, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59888 (W.D.N.C. Apr. 6, 2020).
- Represented environmental contractor in $19 million dispute over remediation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and recovered $14.5 million for the client and over $700,000 in attorneys’ fees
- Drafted briefs opposing summary judgment in § 1983 civil rights action for individual wrongfully incarcerated for eleven years despite his actual innocence, achieving multi-million dollar settlement for plaintiff
- Obtained reversal of trial court’s dismissal of prisoner’s First Amendment retaliation claim: Gregg-El v. Doe, 746 F. App’x 274 (4th Cir. 2019).
- Prevailed in the North Carolina Court of Appeals on the issue of whether a partial lien waiver resulted in changing the contractor’s date of first work: Wachovia Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Superior Constr. Corp., 213 N.C. App. 341, 718 S.E.2d 160 (2011).
- Prevailed in the Georgia Supreme Court, obtaining reversal of trial court’s limitations on the operation of a motocross track despite jury’s finding that the track did not constitute a nuisance: Knott v. Evans, 280 Ga. 515, 630 S.E.2d 402 (2006).
- Successfully overcame the Federal Rules of Evidence 10-year presumption against admissibility of convictions for impeachment in two federal district court trials
- Obtained summary judgment for window manufacturer on all claims brought by plaintiff who suffered severe injuries after falling from upper-story window