Roberts & Stevens’ attorneys practice litigation, transactional law, and mediation in a variety of practice areas for businesses and individuals.
Ann-Patton Hornthal is a litigator at Roberts & Stevens practicing regularly in both U.S. Federal and North Carolina State courts in civil litigation. Her experience covers a broad spectrum of matters, including defending claims involving professional malpractice, medical malpractice, personal injury, products liability, business torts, employment, commercial issues, and real property disputes. Ann-Patton’s peers have honored her as a North Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2011.
Ann-Patton has handled numerous appeals before the appellate courts in North Carolina. She is frequently involved in brief writing and in oral arguments before these appellate courts.
Ann-Patton has successfully represented clients before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, and all North Carolina state courts.
Before joining Roberts & Stevens, Ann-Patton graduated, magna cum laude, from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. While in law school, Ann-Patton was an intern for the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Federal District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, the Georgia Survey Editor of the Mercer Law Review, and a member of the National and Georgia Intrastate Moot Court teams. Before law school, Ann-Patton served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Missoula, Montana.
- Professional liability defense, including legal malpractice defense on behalf of law firms and attorneys and negligence claims against real estate brokers
- Medical malpractice defense on behalf of hospitals, physicians, and nursing homes
- Commercial litigation and business torts, including breach of contract, fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of noncompete agreements, tortious interference with contractual or business relationships, breach of fiduciary duty, and veil piercing
- Personal injury, products liability, and wrongful death litigation
- Healthcare litigation, including representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in tort litigation
- Construction litigation
- Defamation actions for libel and slander
- Property litigation, including toxic tort, trespass, nuisance, adverse possession, quiet title actions, and easement disputes
- Appellate litigation, including extensive practice before the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals
North Carolina Super Lawyers: Civil Litigation Defense, Rising Star, 2011-2013
Western District of North Carolina Federal Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina Bar Association, Sections: Litigation, Sports & Entertainment Law, Young Lawyers Division; member of Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, 2009- present
American Bar Association, Sections: Real Property and Federal
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Young Lawyers Committee, 2009-present, Member, 2006-present
Defense Research Institute, 2006-present
Author, case note, ‘A New Era of Dead-Beat Dads: Determining Social Security Survivor Benefits for Children Who Are Posthumously Conceived,’ 56 Mercer Law Review 759, 2005
National Association of Women Lawyers, Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, 2006
Mercer Law Review, Georgia Survey Editor, 2005-2006
National Moot Court Team, 2006