Robert M. Elliot
“Every single person deserves expert legal help. It’s not just about being good enough. We strive to be exceptional at what we do.”
Practicing for more than 35 years, Robert (Hoppy) Elliot has built an impressive career in a variety of complex legal fields. Hoppy fights for his clients wherever their issues take them. But his primary practice focuses on civil litigation in employment law, disability (LTD) claims, civil rights work, personal injury claims, and commercial and business issues.
A skillful negotiator, Hoppy often resolves his client’s matters in favorable settlements. He is equally at home in the courtroom, with a substantial number of jury trials and hearings before state and federal judges in courts across the state and region. He argued one of his client’s cases in the United States Supreme Court, establishing for union members the right to a jury trial under the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution when its members claimed that their union had breached its duty of fair representation. (See Terry v. Teamsters, 494 U.S. 558 (1989).)
Along with his partner, Griff Morgan, and co-counsel, Frank Goldsmith, Hoppy took his devotion to the rule of law to the Guantanamo prison, representing detainees who had languished for years without counsel.
Hoppy has received numerous awards for his distinguished career, including:
- Top Employment Lawyer in North Carolina for the year 2008, by Business Week Magazine of North Carolina
- Inductee in the Hall of Fame of Employment Lawyers by Business Week Magazine of North Carolina
- One of the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina by Super Lawyers since 2007
- Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law, 1994 to the present
- Listed in the Nation’s Top Attorneys in Business Practice in national publication of Super Lawyers, Employment Law
- Listed as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer by Legal Leaders: North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers
- The Frank Porter Graham Award by the ACLU of North Carolina for 2011 for longstanding and significant contributions to the fight for individual freedom and civil liberties in North Carolina.
While earning these professional awards, Hoppy has devoted himself to community service, both as a lawyer and as a citizen. Hoppy has served the ACLU of North Carolina on the board and as president and general counsel. Along with his friends at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Hoppy helped found the Crossing 52 Initiative to address issues of race relations in the community. Hoppy served on the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, 1999-2002 (Chair, 2001-2001). Mayor Alan Joines appointed Hoppy to the Winston-Salem Committee on Racial Healing. Among other activities, Hoppy has served the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina as Church Attorney.
Hoppy is married to Suzanne Reynolds, Executive Associate Dean at Wake Forest University School of Law. Hoppy and Suzanne have three wonderful children, including two lawyers and a professional photographer. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys traveling, running, and camping and hiking in the mountains.
Contact & Credentials
Robert M. Elliot
Phone : 336-724-2828
Fax : 336-724-3335
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Admitted : 1977, North Carolina
Law School : Wake Forest University, cum laude, 1977 (JD)
College : University of North Carolina, 1973 (B.A)
Memberships : Forsyth County and North Carolina (past Chair, member, Labor and Employment Section) Bar
Associations : North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Advocates of Justice; National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).