Atkinson, Nathan B.

  • Member
  • Co-Chair, Shale Gas Group
Winston-Salem, N.C.
336.725.4496 - office


  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1998
  • Mercer University, J.D., 2001


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Mr. Atkinson's primary area of practice is litigation focusing on toxic tort and environmental litigation, as well as complex, multi-party commercial and product liability litigation. He serves as a lead member of Spilman's litigation strike force, the battle group, litigating high-stakes, document-intensive litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Serving as lead counsel in class action product liability, including multi-district litigation
  • Litigating complex environmental and toxic tort lawsuits involving exposure to various chemicals and contaminants
  • Litigating multi-party lawsuits involving drilling, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), procurement of energy and extraction of natural resources and environmental contamination
  • Representing businesses in litigation involving exposure to naturally occurring radioactive materials ("NORM"), as well as a litany of man-made chemicals, including perfluorinated chemicals
  • Litigating water contamination and mass chemical exposure cases

Professional Affiliations

  • Working Group, Template Solar Ordinance for North Carolina, 2013
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section, Litigation Section, and Science & Technology Section Vice-Chair (Membership)
  • National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues ("FETTI")
  • North Carolina Minorities in the Profession, Board of Directors, North Carolina Bar Association, 2010 - present


  • Selected as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media
  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the North Carolina Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list for Environmental Litigation, 2012 - 2014

Publications and Presentations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, June 20, 2013, Speaker, "Shale Oil & Gas: Environmental Impact & Litigation"
  • ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Moderator, 2013 Spring Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, "Freezing Fracking: The Legal Implications of Bans and Moratoria on Hydraulic Fracturing"
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Panel Speaker, “Shale Oil and Gas Development: Environmental Problem or Economic Solution?” 2013 Midyear Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Groundwater Protection Council, UIC Conference, Sarasota, Florida,January, 2013; Speaker, "What State and Federal Regulatory Agencies Should Know About Civil Litigation Involving Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing"
  • National Groundwater Association, Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, December, 2012; Speaker, "Litigation Arising From Hydraulic Fracturing"
  • "Flooding and Fracking: A Review of Extreme Weather Impacts on Drilling Activities," American Bar Association Natural Resources & Environment, Fall 2012 Quarterly Publication
  • The State of Fracking in North Carolina," The Shale Play Today, July 27, 2012
  • Wake Forest University Earth Day Panel: Hydraulic Fracturing, Panel Speaker, April 25, 2012
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina, Generating Opportunities in the Energy Market, Moderator, "To Drill or Not to Drill: A Point/Counterpoint Discussion on Shale Gas Extraction," March 28, 2012

Community Affiliations

  • Imprints of Winston-Salem Board of Directors, 2003 - 2009
  • Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection Board of Directors, 2003 - present
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