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Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
Johnston Allison & Hord Attorneys
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Johnston, Allison & Hord
1065 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704.332.1181    Fax: 704.376.1628
Patrick E. Kelly PARTNER
Tel: 704-998-2245 | Fax: 704-376-1628
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  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Real Estate, Lien and Title Claims Litigation
  • Certified Superior Court Mediator


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 1989)
  • United States Military Academy (B.S., 1981)


  • North Carolina, 1989

Representative Transactions

  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict for client resulting in dismissal of discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Obtained reversal on appeal of trial court's invalidation of a sale of property from the City of Asheville to developer; see Metcalf v. Black Dog Realty, LLC, 684 S.E.2d 709 (N.C. App. 2009)
  • Defeated adjacent landowners' claims that client's property was subject to restrictive covenants in a case of first impression in North Carolina; see Rice v. Coholan, 695 S.E.2d 484 (N.C. App. 2009), cert. denied, 364 N.C. 435 (2010)
  • Successfully defended hospital accused of violating physician's statutory rights in peer review proceeding; see Virmani v. Presbyterian Health Services Corp., 127 N.C. App. 71 (1997)

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers - Employment Law (2010, 2013 - 2019)
  • Business North Carolina "Legal Elite" - Employment (2012, 2016, 2018, 2019)
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Sections (2013 - 2019)
  • Chambers USA ranked attorney for Labor & Employment (2015-2018)
  • President, Mecklenburg County Bar (2009-2010)
  • President-Elect, Mecklenburg County Bar (2008-2009)
  • Vice-President, Mecklenburg County Bar (2007-2008)
  • Secretary, Mecklenburg County Bar (2005-2007)
  • Graduate, Leadership Development Institute (2007)
  • Graduate, Mecklenburg Bar Leadership Institute (2003)

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenting Speaker: "Title Claims Update," NCLTA Annual Meeting
  • Presenting Speaker: "Recent Developments and Trends in U.S. Employment Law"
  • Presenting Speaker: "Maneuvering Through the Maze of Employment Practices"
  • Presenting Speaker: "Sexual Harassment"

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Association 
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Labor and Employment and Real Estate Sections)
  • Member, North Carolina Land Title Association (NCLTA)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation 

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Veterans Bridge Home
  • Board of Directors, Catholic Social Services
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
  • Charlotte Men's Homeless Shelter Volunteer
  • West Point Society of the Carolinas