Savian Gray-Sommerville is an associate in the firm’s Litigation & Government Investigations practice. He represents clients in environmental, civil, and commercial litigation matters spanning a variety of sectors, as well as representing clients involved in government investigations.

Prior to joining the firm, Savian was a litigation associate at a large regional law firm where he represented Fortune 500 Companies. He completed a summer clerkship with the Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and a separate summer clerkship with the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Savian also spent time working with the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in the Criminal and Appellate Divisions.

Savian is experienced with all phases of the litigation process and understands appellate procedure in our federal and state courts. As a result, Savian vigorously advocates for his clients and aims to resolve disputes before appeals become necessary.

During law school, Savian was an Articles Editor of the North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology. He served on the University of North Carolina (UNC) Black Law Student Association Mock Trial Team and the UNC National Moot Court Team. His Moot Court Team went on to win first place at the National Moot Court Competition. During his final year of law school, Savian worked in the UNC Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic and the UNC Youth Justice Clinic representing clients in a variety of matters. In addition to his studies and other activities, Savian enjoyed mentoring first-year law students and being involved with the Christian Legal Society.

When not practicing law, Savian volunteers with his church’s youth group and local food banks. He is a first-generation college graduate and is passionate about serving his community. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his dog, and traveling. As a double Tar Heel, Savian cheers for only two teams: UNC, and whoever’s playing against Duke!

  • Experience
    • Represented various Fortune 500 Companies, assessed liability exposure; devised litigation strategy; negotiated with opposing counsel; managed discovery process; drafted interrogatories, motions, and internal memorandum; conducted depositions; and advocated before tribunals.
    • Devised litigation strategy and managed cases involving claims of Fraud, Constructive Fraud, Negligent
      Misrepresentation, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, and various criminal misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Awards & Honors
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    North Carolina State Bar
  • Government Service

    United States District Court W.D.N.C., Chief Judge Frank D. Whitney, Charlotte, NC

    Summer Law Clerk, July 2019–August 2019

    North Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Justice Paul M. Newby, Raleigh, NC

    Summer Law Clerk, May 2019–June 2019

    Durham City Council, Mayor Steve M. Schewel, Durham, NC

    Research Analyst, January 2017–May 2017

    U.S. Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office, Raleigh, NC

    Student Trainee, December 2014 – December 2015

  • News & Presentations
  • Thought Leadership

    Publications

    Indicting Chinese Hackers: Why Bother?(2/1/2019)
    North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, Issue February 2019
    The Fight Over Data Privacy Regulations: Is it about Consumer Privacy or Preventing Liability?(12/1/2018)
    North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, Issue December 2018
* Not admitted to practice in the District of Columbia. Work is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law J.D., 2020

University of North Carolina B.A., Political Science, 2017
B.A., Philosophy, 2017