• North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, N.C. (Eastern, Middle, Western Districts)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Charles H. Mercer, Jr.

T: 919.329.3814
F: 919.329.3147
GlenLake One, Suite 200
4140 Parklake Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612

Charles Mercer is a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Mr. Mercer has represented clients before state and federal courts and administrative boards and commissions.

Mr. Mercer serves as a lawyer and advisor to corporations, partnerships, and individuals on a variety of issues.  He provides counsel, guidance, and strategic advice to clients on a range of complex issues involving litigation and administrative matters, regulatory questions, and economic development strategies. 

Mr. Mercer has enjoyed a wide-ranging legal practice for more than 30 years, including serving on the national asbestos product liability trial team for a major industrial manufacturer; serving as lead counsel on a national insurance insolvency project for a large national manufacturer and managing the company’s claims against insolvent insurers; advising and representing Fortune 100 companies on state and local tax litigation and planning matters; handling a wide range of commercial, regulatory, and tax litigation matters; representing clients on economic development issues; and counseling companies and individuals regarding the handling of sensitive business matters.

Mr. Mercer’s experience representing clients on a variety of matters, along with his service as special counsel to a United States Congressman, member of The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, and law school teaching, provide him with a diverse background and the ability to work with clients to develop strategies that can lead to efficient problem-solving; to manage a range of litigation, administrative, and regulatory matters; and to provide sound, straightforward advice. He appreciates the opportunity to serve the client, and he understands the client/lawyer relationship. 


  • Litigation experience includes state tax controversies, commercial litigation, and product liability
  • Represents corporations and individuals in state and local tax cases involving ad valorem, corporate income, and sales and use taxation issues, representing such clients before administrative boards, commissions and courts
  • Advises new and expanding businesses on economic development issues and strategies
  • Represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, primarily handling matters for corporate clients
  • Served as defense counsel in connection with product liability claims, including service as member of  a large manufacturing corporation’s national trial team in asbestos product liability litigation
  • Represented creditors in insurance insolvency litigation, including role as lead counsel on a national insurance insolvency project for a large national manufacturer and managing the company's claims against insolvent insurers
  • Has made presentations at more than 50 seminars sponsored by various organizations, including the American Bar Association, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Practising Law Institute, North Carolina Bar Association, and North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

Representative Cases

The following is a sampling of published decisions and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future litigation matter:

  • In re Appeal of Corning Incorporated, 786 S.E.2d 816 (N.C.App. 2016)
    • In re Appeal of Ocean Isle Palms, LLC, 366 N.C. 351, 749 S.E.2d 439 (2013)
    • Crook v. KRC Management Corp., 206 N.C. App. 179, 697 S.E.2d 449, (2010), disc. rev. den., 364 N.C. 607, 703 S.E.2d 442 (2010)
    • Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, LLC v. Onslow County, North Carolina and Craven County, North Carolina, 497 F.Supp.2d 743 (E.D.N.C. 2007)
    • In re Appeal of Pavillon International, 166 N.C. App. 194, 601 S.E.2d 307 (2004)
    • In re Appeal of Greens of Pine Glen Ltd. from the Decision of the Durham County Board of Equalization and Review, 356 N.C. 642, 576 S.E.2d 316 (2003) (Brief filed on behalf of the North Carolina Low Income Housing Coalition, amicus curiae)
    • Appeals of Sears & J.C. Penney, 119 N.C. App. 800, 461 S.E.2d 36 (1995), review allowed, 342 N.C. 192, 462 S.E.2d 241 (1995), affirmed, 342 N.C. 888, 467 S.E.2d 240 (1996)
    • Edward Valves, Inc. v. Wake County, 343 N.C. 426, 471 S.E.2d 342 (1996) (Brief filed on behalf of North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, amicus curiae)
    • In re Appeal of James E. Ramseur and R. Gene Lentz from the Decision of the Cabarrus County Board of Elections, 120 N.C. App. 521, 463 S.E.2d 254 (1995), appeal after remand, 139 N.C. App. 442, 533 S.E.2d 295 (2000)