Duke Law School, 2003
Duke University, 2000
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Eastern District of North Carolina
Middle District of North Carolina
Western District of North Carolina
Honors and Activities
Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit
Permanent Member, 2019 to Present
North Carolina Bar Association
Duke University Health System
Board Member, 2020 to Present
Duke Raleigh Hospital, Board of Advisors
Board Member, 2015 to Present
Dix Park Conservancy
Board Member, 2016 to Present
North Carolina Justice Center
Board Member and Former Co-Chair, 2009 to 2014
Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County
Board Member, 2009 to 2014
Dhamian Blue represents clients in civil, regulatory, and criminal cases. 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.
Additionally, Dhamian 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 as being among the “Legal Elite” for his work.
Dhamian graduated from Duke University in 2000, double-majoring in Public Policy Studies and Economics. He graduated from Duke Law School in 2003.
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.). Successfully 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.). Local 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.
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.
United States v. John Doe, No. x:xx-cr-xx-xx (E.D.N.C.). Represented a client indicted on a federal marijuana trafficking conspiracy. After a weeklong trial, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on both counts alleged in the indictment, resulting in a mistrial.
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.