Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

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Harrison Hank Gates – Employment Litigation Lawyer Durham NC – Construction Attorney

Harrison 'Hank' M. Gates


Hank Gates is an employment litigation lawyer and construction attorney in Morningstar’s Durham, NC office. His experience covers a variety of areas, including complex contract, business tort, insurance coverage, and construction disputes, in state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Morningstar Law Group, Hank was a business litigation attorney at Christian & Barton, LLP in Richmond, Virginia and served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Jackson L. Kiser of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Whenever you are working on something for a client, that client is your only client.


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch –  Labor and Employment Law – Management (2021), Litigation – Labor and Employment (2021-2024), Commercial Litigation (2021-2024)

Representative Experience

  • Represented Class A railroad in complex contract dispute with customers
  • Represents business and financial clients in disputes relating to violations of restrictive covenants and trade secret misappropriation
  • Represents insurers and insureds in disputes relating to insurance coverage and claims of bad faith
  • Represents business clients in disputes relating to unfair competition, tortious interference, and trade secret misappropriation

Presentations & Publications

  • “Employment Law: 2019 Comprehensive Guide,” National Business Institute (2019)
  • “Arbitration in a Nutshell,” MLG CLE (2019)
  • “Business Torts: A Fifty State Guide – Virginia,” Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (2016-2018)


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. (2010) summa cum laude
    Order of the Coif
  • Articles Editor, University of Richmond Law Review (2010)
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., Politics and History (2007) magna cum laude


  • North Carolina State Bar (2012)
  • Virginia State Bar (2010)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • North Carolina Bar Association: Member
  • Virginia Bar Association: Member