Kenneth Kyre Jr.

Ken Kyre has been an attorney since 1977 and has engaged in civil litigation for most of those years. Prior to his entry into private practice in 1979, he was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Hiram H. Ward in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has a history of being involved in large, complex cases, especially products liability, although he does not limit his practice to such cases. He has generally represented defendants who have been sued, individuals as well as companies. A significant amount of his defense cases currently involve litigation arising from alleged negligence of companies and their employees. He practices in both the state and federal courts in North Carolina. He also is a North Carolina Certified Mediator.

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Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC, 1977 - J.D. (Cum Laude)
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Member, 1975–1977; Research Editor, 1976–1977
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC, 1974 – B.A. (with High Honors)
  • Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va., 1972 – A.A. (Summa Cum Laude)

Sample Cases

  • Finch v. Covil Corp., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 190192, 2020 WL 6063054 (M.D.N.C. Oct. 14, 2020)
  • Fiscus v. City of Greensboro, No. 1:19-CV-1010, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167420 (M.D.N.C. Sep 14, 2020)
  • Woolard v. Carrier Corp., No. 1:18CV410, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89539 (M.D.N.C. May 21, 2020)
  • Cheek v. City of Greensboro, 152 F. Supp. 3d 473 (M.D.N.C. 2015)
  • Davis v. City of Greensboro, 125 F. Supp. 3d 540 (M.D.N.C. 2015)
  • Harris v. Ajax Boiler, Inc., No. 1:12CV311, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49732, 2014 WL 1373818 (W.D.N.C. Apr. 8, 2014)
  • Mattox v. American Standard, Inc., No. 2:07-73489, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110340 (E.D. Pa. July 11, 2011)
  • Bennett v. Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., 197 N.C. App. 628, 680 S.E.2d 271 (2009)
  • Cacha v. Montaco, Inc., 147 N.C. App. 21, 554 S.E.2d 388 (2001)


  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association     
    • Dispute Resolution Section Council, Member, 2020-2023
    • Joint Task Force on Judicial Selection, Member, 2008-2009     
    • E-Discovery Committee, Member, 2008-2010
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA)    
    • Board of Directors (Ex-Officio), 2018-2020
    • President, 2007-2008     
    • Board of Directors, 2003-2005     
    • Editor, The Defender (NCADA's former periodical publication)
  • North Carolina Defense Fund (NCADA's PAC)    
    • Chair, 2009-2011
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Society of Legal Advocates


  • Recipient of J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence from the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 2018
  • Selected by NC Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law for 2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer® in Civil Litigation Defense, 2006–2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer® (Corporate Counsel) in Civil Litigation Defense, 2008-2018
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® (North Carolina), 2018-2021
  • Assistant Editor, New Appleman North Carolina Insurance Litigation (a LexisNexis Practice Guide) (2023 Edition)
  • Author, “North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association,” Chapter 11 of New Appleman North Carolina Insurance Litigation (a LexisNexis Practice Guide) (2023 Edition)
  • Author, “North Carolina Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association,” Chapter 12 of New Appleman North Carolina Insurance Litigation (a LexisNexis Practice Guide) (2023 Edition)
  • Co-Author, “The Applicability of the North Carolina Products Liability Statute of Repose to Disease-Based Claims,” 16 The Defender 3-15 (Winter 2008) (publication of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys)
  • Speaker at the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Fall Seminar, October 2019, on the topic of "North Carolina Case and Statutory Law Regarding (1) Failure to Warn as a Breach of Implied Warranty of Merchantability Claim and (2) Post-Sale Continuing Duty to Warn in Products Liability Cases."
  • Exceptional Performance Citation for 2007–2008 awarded by the Defense Research Institute