Tory I. Summey

Tory I. Summey


Charlotte, NC

How Tory Helps Clients

Tory is an associate in the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. He focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation, complex commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, federal financial regulation, unfair trade practices, and debtor and creditor’s rights. His work with ADEA and ERISA arises from severance-related negotiations for highly compensated employees, Title VII from employment discrimination actions and WARN Act from company shut down.

Tory has significant experience with practice in state and federal courts in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Business Court, arbitrations under AAA and RUAA Rules, and appellate drafting experience before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court and 4th Circuit.

He is well-versed in drafting and litigating restrictive employment covenants and trade secret disputes representing both employers and employees.

Prior to joining Buchanan, Tory practiced with a small firm in Charlotte which specializes in business litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

What Clients Can Expect

Tory’s clients can expect an attorney who prides himself on accurately and comprehensively assessing the advantages and disadvantages of litigation, avoiding it where possible and tackling it head on when necessary.

Outside the Office

Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Tory has been in the Charlotte area since 2006, when he began attending nearby Davidson College. He played baseball in college and still enjoys playing in the Mecklenburg County Bar’s softball league. He has volunteered as a North Carolina State Bar Character and Fitness Interviewer and with Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte.

Proof Points

  • Represented a software development firm in a federal jury trial relating to misappropriation of trade secrets and tortious interference with contract, obtaining a $700,000 jury verdict.
  • Represented defendant in successful motion to dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds. Defendant was a California company sued for breach of contract by a former executive.
  • Represented plaintiff in successful motion for summary judgment on claims seeking recovery of fraudulent transfers.