Dhamian Blue focuses his practice on commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense. With substantial experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he has defended clients against multi-million dollar civil claims asserted by the Federal Trade Commission and several state attorneys general, as well as served as liaison counsel on behalf of a class of plaintiffs in one of the Fourth Circuit's largest securities fraud settlements. In January 2013, Super Lawyers Magazine recognized Mr. Blue as a Rising Star in commercial litigation.
Mr. Blue also defends individuals and companies who have been accused of serious federal and state crimes. He has represented clients in matters involving white collar offenses such as health care fraud, tax fraud, counterfeit currency, and identity theft. He also has represented clients who have been charged with drug trafficking conspiracies, armed robbery, and murder. Mr. Blue has tried several cases to verdict, and has represented clients on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Blue began his legal career as an associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group of Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, D.C. He represented corporate policyholders against insurance companies, gaining significant experience in claims for environmental liability, products liability, professional malpractice liability, and foreign asset expropriation. After leaving Dickstein Shapiro, Mr. Blue joined Temple Law Offices, a small civil rights firm in Washington, D.C., where he represented individuals in police misconduct, employment discrimination, and predatory lending cases.
Mr. Blue is highly active in the community, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for Duke Raleigh Hospital and the Board of Directors for the Dix Park Conservancy. His is a former co-chairman of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Justice Center and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County.
Liaison Counsel to a class of plaintiffs who accused Duke Energy of failing to disclose and misrepresenting that Duke Energy’s then-CEO would lead the Company after its merger with Progress Energy rather than Progess’ CEO. The court approved a $146.25 million cash settlement for the class.
- Defended corporate and individual clients in a nationwide consumer fraud case that was prosecuted by the Federal Trade Commission and four state attorneys general, and alleged approximately $27 million of consumer injury. Following extensive discovery and motions practice, the case was resolved with a favorable settlement for the individual defendants.
- Represented a publicly-traded beverage company and its majority shareholder against claims for breach of contract and tortious interference with contract brought by a former employee who claimed an ownership interest in the company. Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice for the majority shareholder.
- Represented the plaintiff, a small business owner, in an arbitration before the American Arbitration Association concerning fraudulent misrepresentations in the sale of a janitorial franchise. At the conclusion of the two-day arbitration, a panel of three arbitrators awarded the firm’s client a significant damages award as well as litigation costs and attorney’s fees.
- Defended a 27-year old man who was indicted on federal crack/cocaine trafficking charges. The client faced a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. After filing a motion to suppress the evidence of an illegal search, which was granted, the government dismissed all charges, and the client was released from pre-trial detention.
- Defended a woman who was indicted on federal opioid trafficking charges. The client faced up to 20 years in prison. With the assistance of a medical doctor, Blue helped the client present a compelling argument to the prosecutor as to why the case was not appropriate for criminal prosecution. As a result, the indictment was voluntarily dismissed.
- Represented the founder and manager of a behavioral health clinic that were under investigation by the North Carolina Medicaid Investigations Division for fraudulent billing practices. After a 3-year investigation, the investigation was terminated without any state or federal prosecution.
- Defended a man accused of leading a drug trafficking conspiracy. After a week long jury trial, the jury was unable to reach a verdict, resulting in a mistrial.
- Represented a client, on appeal in the Fourth Circuit, who was improperly sentenced as an armed career criminal. The client was granted a new sentencing hearing.
J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2003
A.B., Duke University, 2000
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
All North Carolina State and Federal Courts
District of Columbia
MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Duke Raleigh Hospital (Advisory Board Member)
Dix Park Conservancy (Board Member)
North Carolina Justice Center (Past Board Chairman)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County (Past Board Member)