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David McKenzie is a trial and appellate attorney with a focus on intellectual property. With appearances in over 60 trials, David is known for litigating matters to verdict before all levels of North Carolina courts, both federal and state (including the North Carolina Business Court). He also is part of the Olive & Olive team handling matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. David has a strong background in cyberlaw, entertainment and art law, unfair competition, constitutional law, and appellate matters.
David's litigation practice has included matters pertaining to copyright (including international copyright), trademark and patent infringement, antitrust, the interplay between free speech and intellectual property protection, misappropriation of trade secrets, constitutional questions (including freedom of speech, assembly, and religion), constitutional violations (including claims under 42 U.S.C §§ 1981 and 1983.), breach of contract, and other business torts. David has also handled transactional work including intellectual property and contracts.
In court, David has fended off injunctions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, secured dismissals under the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act, persuaded a jury to find a California law firm not liable for trade secret misappropriation, secured dismissal of a patent suit under new database jurisprudence, and persuaded a judge that state law claims were preempted by the Copyright Act. Although Olive & Olive does not accept matters outside the intellectual property field, David's past experience as a business litigator and in business formation helps him provide common-sense advice with an understanding of the interplay of intellectual property matters with other areas of the law.
David was born in Boone, NC and raised in Clemson, SC. He returned to NC to attend Duke University and never left. True to his Carolina roots, he loves barbecue in all its glorious flavors, but if pressed he will admit a preference for vinegar style.
David studied for the ministry and served as pastor to several churches before launching his legal career. He is a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham.
David received his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Duke University and his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University, both in Durham.
David is listed in 2013-2017 Super Lawyers®. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has recognized him with its “Advocate” designation and more recently (2021) “Master Advocate”. He currently serves as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee. David also has contributed to complex, highly cited intellectual property academic research and has substantially contributed to three editions of a leading casebook on intellectual property. Two Duke Law scholars comment about David in a book published by Stanford University Press:
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