Alan M. Ruley

100 N Cherry St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Alan M. Ruley

Alan Ruley is a seasoned civil trial and appellate lawyer. He represents clients in a wide variety of disputes in federal and state court, focusing primarily on business litigation, intellectual property, insurance, banking and employment.

Alan has been a part of the Bell, Davis & Pitt team for 30 years. Before joining the firm, he completed a two-year clerkship for the Honorable John T. Copenhaver, Jr., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of  West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia. He is licensed in both West Virginia and North Carolina. 

Alan is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in the Triad area for “Bet-the-Company” litigation by The Best Lawyers in America. He has also been named as one of the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina by NC Super Lawyers.

Alan handles all aspects of civil litigation in both state and federal courts, from the pre-lawsuit investigation through the appeals process. He has tried numerous cases in state and federal court, and argued appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. Alan has experience in virtually any type of civil litigation. In recent years, his focus has been on business disputes and torts (fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, trade secret misappropriation, unfair trade practices), insurance coverage matters, and employment matters.

Alan is also active in the N.C. State Bar Association, serving on the councils of the Antitrust/Complex Business Dispute Section and the Insurance Section.   He was a founder of the Insurance Section, and served as its Chair in 2021-2022.  He is a frequent speaker and planner at CLE events.  He also serves on the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Alan is active in the community, having served as co-president of the R.J. Reynolds High School PTSA. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Leo Catholic Church, and also has been on the board of directors for the Salem Montessori School. 

Alan was born and raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Duke University, and his law degree from Stanford University.   He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Sigma Alpha.


Duke University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1982); Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha

Stanford University (J.D., 1986)

Bar & Court Admittance

1987, West Virginia

1989, North Carolina

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, 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

United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Activities

The American College of Trial Lawyers

Forsyth County Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

West Virginia Bar Association

Board of directors and chair, Commercial Litigation Practice Group, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Anti-Trust and Trade Regulation Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association

Insurance Law Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association

Appellate Rules Committee, North Carolina Bar Association

Local Rules Committee, Middle District of North Carolina

American Belarussian Relief Organization

Board of Directors, Salem Montessori School

Homeless Legal Project

Northwest North Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross

Knights of Columbus


The Best Lawyers In America ® Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Banking and Finance, Litigation-Insurance; Litigation-Intellectual Property (2023 Edition)

The Best Lawyers in America® Litigation - Insurance in the Triad (2023 Edition ) ("Lawyer of the Year")

Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite in Litigation (2022)

The Best Lawyers in America® - Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation (2020)

The Best Lawyers in America® in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Banking and Finance Litigation

North Carolina Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (2007-2019)

Top 100 Super Lawyers in North Carolina (2017 - 2018)

Listed as a leading Litigation Attorney by Chambers & Partners USA (2013-Present)

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Experience

Represented former employee charged with trade secret misappropriation and other business torts after starting new company; judgment in favor of former employee.

Represented medical device manufacturer in multi-million dollar products liability action; summary judgment for manufacturer.

Represented soft drink manufacturer sued by large distributor for breach of contract and various business torts; verdict for manufacturer.

Represented business sued by County to recover incentive payments; verdict for business.

When I was the President of a regional soft drink brand, my company had a significant contractual dispute with one of the largest independent soft drink bottlers in the U.S. We were represented by Bill Davis and Alan Ruley. The case went all the way to a trial, and the jury returned a verdict in our favor which was also affirmed on appeal. We were extremely pleased with the quality of the work and services that we received from Bell, Davis & Pitt.

Mark Ritchie