Welcome to Morningstar Law Group

Morningstar Law attorneys share a vision of where the practice of law should go and how best to help our clients succeed. Collectively, we believe the practice of law can be different.

Morningstar Law Group is based on a core set of shared principles, the chief of which is the client comes first. Always. Additionally, Morningstar Law Group is committed to a new model of sophisticated legal practice, one in which a full service business law firm can tailor its legal services in a manner that provides maximum value and flexibility for our clients. Finally, Morningstar Law Group operates as a true partnership, with individuals who are dedicated to each other and to the community in which they live and work.

Click here to read more about Morningstar Law Group’s core principles.

Practice Areas

Morningstar Law Group is a business law firm that offers a suite of practices, including corporate, securities, employment, real estate, land use, litigation and intellectual property.


Our Attorneys

Meet the former "big law" attorneys who have come together to form Morningstar Law Group. These experienced professionals bring a wealth of expertise to a firm that understands that serving clients is the pinnacle of practicing law.

Latest News

  • Women Uplifting Women Gala
    October 24, 2014

    Mack Paul proudly sponsored The North Carolina Black Women’s Empowerment Networks’ 3rd Bi-Annual “Women Uplifting Women” Gala held at the Grand Marquee Ballroom this past Sunday evening. A wonderful event and organization we are proud to support. NCBWEN

  • Argos Groundbreaking
    October 24, 2014

    Bill Brian, Chairman Elect of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, attended the Argos groundbreaking. A $57M investment said to bring in 236 new jobs. You can read the article posted in the Triangle Business Journal here: Argos Breaks Ground 

  • Managed Service Provider (MSP) Contract Issues
    October 15, 2014

    As more and more IT service providers, such as systems integrators and value added resellers, take steps to transition from “hourly-based” project and reactionary services to recurring, “fixed fee” proactive managed services, it is imperative that they adopt a clear and concise Managed Services (MSP) services contract. A carefully thought out and constructed contract can provide the MSP […]

  • Top 10 Intellectual Property Mistakes Made by Emerging Companies – by Randy Whitmeyer
    October 6, 2014

    Increasingly, the value of companies (particularly technology companies) is correlated to the strength of their intellectual property (“IP”) rights – their patents, trade secrets, copyright, and trademarks. Growing a new company can be exciting and fast-paced, but paying close attention to intellectual property is a crucial step that should never be overlooked. Here is our […]

  • Women Leading Women
    September 18, 2014

    Morningstar Law’s own Shannon Joseph was part of the “Leading Women” panel for The Women’s Networking Group through Fidelity Investments -North Carolina at a Wednesday presentation. As a panel participant, the former superior court judge discussed ways to build confidence, take on career-advancing risks, and to be aware and address disparate gender treatment.   The Women’s Networking […]

  • Best Lawyers in America 2015
    September 12, 2014

    Morningstar Law Group congratulates 6 of its Partners who were selected for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. William J. Brian, Jr. – Recognized for his work in Land Use & Zoning Law, Land Use & Zoning Litigation, Real Estate Litigation Law and Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law Partick L. Byker […]

  • NC Lawyers Weekly 2014 Leaders in the Law
    August 7, 2014

              Congratulations Bill Brian and Mack Paul! Morningstar Law Group is proud to announce that two of its founding partners have been selected for North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2014 Leaders in the Law awards. The Leaders in the Law honors legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession and […]

  • Judge Shannon Joseph Joins Morningstar Law Group
    June 26, 2014

    Morningstar Law Group is excited to announce that former Superior Court Judge Shannon Joseph has joined the firm’s litigation practice. Ms. Joseph is a civil litigator with experience in intellectual property, administrative and business disputes. She also is certified to conduct mediations of North Carolina Superior Court cases. Before joining the Superior Court bench, Ms. […]

  • Jeffrey L. Roether’s Addition Makes Morningstar Law Group 20 Attorneys Strong
    April 14, 2014

    Morningstar Law Group is delighted to announce that Jeffrey Roether has joined the firm as a Litigation Associate. He has experience in a number of fields, including contract disputes, securities litigation, insurance coverage disputes and products liability litigation.   Jeffrey graduated with a B.A. from Columbia University in 2004 and earned his J.D. from Fordham […]

  • William J. Brian, Jr. Named Vice Chair and 2015 Chair Elect of Durham Chamber of Commerce
    March 31, 2014

    Morningstar Law Group is delighted to announce that William J. Brian, Jr. has been elected 2014 Vice Chairman and 2015 Chairman Elect of the Board of Directors of the Durham Chamber of Commerce.   Bill has a long record of service with the Durham Chamber of Commerce.  He has served on the Board of Directors […]