Savian Gray-Sommerville focuses his practice on Litigation & Government Investigations. His experience includes commercial, civil, criminal, and environmental litigation. Savian also regularly counsels clients on regulatory compliance matters spanning several sectors and represents them in government investigations.

In addition to frequently representing Fortune 500 Companies, Savian has worked for various government entities. His judicial experience includes clerking for the Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Additionally, Savian worked at the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in both the Criminal and Appellate Divisions.

Savian is experienced with forecasting and handling all sorts of potential and actual disputes. He understands all phases of the investigations, litigation, and appellate process. As a result, Savian vigorously advocates for his clients and aims to resolve disputes before trials and or appeals become necessary.

When not practicing law, Savian enjoys hiking, traveling, and serving his community. 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

    North Carolina Mecklenburg Country Bar

    Board of Directors Nominating Committee

  • 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

    Alerts

    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