Steve Dunn
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Steve Dunn

Steve Dunn was a litigator for over 20 years before becoming a full-time mediator in 2019. His law practice focused on business litigation, trade secrets, non-competes, wage disputes, and all forms of employment discrimination. In addition to private companies and educational institutions, Steve represented municipalities and public officials in cases involving the First Amendment, public records, and constitutional torts.

Steve practiced extensively in the North Carolina business court and federal courts including the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He taught at the Charlotte School of Law and has visited numerous undergraduate and law school classes as a guest lecturer.

As a mediator, Steve’s passion for his work and dogged pursuit of settlement has broadened his practice beyond business litigation and employment to include product liability, class actions, catastrophic injury and wrongful death, franchise disputes, professional malpractice, real estate, and construction.

Stylistically, Steve is persistent and engaged, tirelessly exploring opportunities for resolution before, during, and after the mediation. He takes a flexible approach, tailored to the needs of each case. A student of dispute resolution, Steve has written and presented on motivational techniques, practical strategies for lawyers, and the psychology of change. He is also a contributor and host of the Charlotte Ledger Podcast.


  • Duke University 1995
  • UNC-Law 1998

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina State and Federal Courts

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Member, 2021
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • NCBA Dispute Resolution Section Council

Honors and Awards

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite – Labor and Employment
  • Chambers and Partners – Labor and Employment
  • Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”