Atkinson, Nathan B.

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

Education

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

Admissions

  • 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
  • Litigating claims relating to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other claims related to evealuating the health and impact of external influences on the environment

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

Distinctions

  • 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

  • Speaker, "Frack Attack: Recent Trends in Environmental Fracking Litigation," ABA webinar, November 12, 2014
  • 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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