Dhamian Blue represents clients in civil, regulatory, and criminal investigations and prosecutions. His cases have involved health care fraud, telemarketing fraud, mail/wire fraud, counterfeit currency, and identity theft. He has also represented clients who have been prosecuted for drug trafficking conspiracies, armed robbery, and first degree murder.
Mr. Blue also represents civil plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation that includes class action lawsuits alleging claims for securities fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and unlawful employment practices. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Business North Carolina for his outstanding work on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Blue graduated from Duke University in 2000, double-majoring in Public Policy Studies and Economics. He graduated from Duke Law School in 2003.
NOTEWORTHY AND REPRESENTATIVE CASES
United States v. Simms, 914 F.3d 229 (4th Cir. 2019) (en banc). Successfully briefed and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, sitting en banc, that 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(B) is unconstitutionally vague, and that conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery is not a “crime of violence,” as defined in § 924(c)(3)(A). Both issues were matters of first impression in the Fourth Circuit, and the ruling established new Circuit precedent.
United States v. Peterson, No. 5:16-cr-37-BR (E.D.N.C.). Effectively cross-examined law enforcement agents and argued to the district court that a 27-year old man who had been accused of participating in a federal drug trafficking conspiracy and faced a mandatory minimum ten-year sentence, despite having no prior felony convictions, was subjected to an illegal search and seizure. Following a hearing on a motion to suppress, which was granted, all charges were dismissed, resulting in the client’s immediate release from custody.
Nieman v. Duke Energy, No. 3:12-cv-456-MOC (W.D.N.C.). Liaison counsel on behalf of a class of investors that alleged federal securities fraud arising from the termination of Progress Energy’s then-CEO immediately following the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy. The case resulted in a $146.25 million settlement, one of the largest securities fraud settlements in the Fourth Circuit.
Olilla v. Babcock & Wilcox et al., No. 3:17-cv-00109-MOC (W.D.N.C.). Liaison counsel on behalf of a class of investors who alleged securities fraud arising from alleged material misstatements and omissions regarding the viability of the defendant’s renewable energy projects. The case resulted in a $19.5 million settlement.
United States v. Evans, No. 15-5604 (S.Ct.). Filed a petition in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a client’s sentence under a provision of the Armed Career Criminal Act that had been deemed unconstitutionally vague in another case. The petition was granted, the sentence was vacated, and the case was remanded to the district court.
United States v. Harrelson, No. 7:16-cr-30-D (E.D.N.C.). Represented a client indicted on federal drug trafficking charges arising from a physician’s over-prescription of opiate painkillers. All charges against the client, who was a patient of the doctor, were dismissed because an expert opinion established that the client’s blood work demonstrated that she abused painkillers and was addicted to opiates, not a drug trafficker.
Federal Trade Commission et al. v. Affiliated Strategies, et al., No. 5:09-cv-04104 (D. Kan.). Represented clients accused by the Federal Trade Commission and three states’ attorneys general of a nationwide telemarketing scheme that allegedly caused more than $27 million of financial injury. Negotiated a favorable civil settlement for the individual defendants, who were husband and wife.
Ridolfo v. BK Beverages, LLC et al., No. 3:07-cv-217-MR (W.D.N.C.). Represented the majority shareholder of a publicly traded beverage company accused of breach of contract and tortious interference with contract by a former employee who claimed an ownership interest in the company. Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice in favor of the majority shareholder at the motion to dismiss stage.
Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Eastern District of North Carolina
Middle District of North Carolina
Western District of North Carolina
J.D., Duke Law School, 2003
A.B., Duke University, 2000
Honors and Recognition
Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine
Super Lawyers Magazine