David McKenzie

David McKenzie is a trial attorney at Olive & Olive, P.A. He focuses his practice on intellectual property law, cyberlaw, entertainment and art law, unfair competition, constitutional law, appellate law and land use matters.

David is known for litigating matters to verdict before all North Carolina courts, federal and state (including the North Carolina Business Court), as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. David has tried matters pertaining to copyright (including international copyright), trademark and patent infringement, antitrust, the interplay between free speech and IP protection, misappropriation of trade secrets, constitutional questions (including freedom of speech, assembly and religion), breach of contract and other business torts. David has also represented land use clients before County Boards of Adjustments and handled transactional work including intellectual property, contracts and business formation matters. Additional skills include representing clients in actions for securities (including FINRA), legal and medical malpractice, criminal defense, discrimination and professional licensure defense. Finally, David has vast experience prosecuting and defending constitutional violations under 42 U.S.C §§ 1981, 1983.

David has been in court for over 60 trials. He is listed in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Super Lawyers®. He has achieved the Advocate designation from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Two Duke Law scholars comment about David in a recent book published by Stanford University Press:

We are both indebted beyond words to our friend and colleague David McKenzie, a member of the North Carolina Bar, who . . . has taken the lead in coordinating and completing the myriad and formidable [tasks that] we have asked of him[.] It is both fair and accurate, though no doubt still inadequate, to say that David's thorough and untiring efforts have improved this work immeasurably while enabling us to bring it to its conclusion. We are deeply grateful to him.

David Lange and H. Jefferson Powel, No Law: Intellectual Property in the Absolute Image of the First Amendment (Stanford Univ Press: 2009).

Make no mistake, David McKenzie is an untiring, ethically minded advocate.

David earned his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Duke University. He was born in Boone, North Carolina; raised in Clemson, South Carolina; and, then never again left North Carolina after attending Duke. He has two daughters, Mary Margaret and Laura Ann, and a beagle named Bagel. His Carolina roots commands him to like all flavors of barbecue but, admittedly, David is deferential to North Carolina style- specifically, vinegar style.

After studying for the ministry, David served as pastor to several churches before entering law school. He is a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham.

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