Everett Gaskins Hancock Tuttle Hash LLP

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Michael J. Byrne, Partner

Michael J. Byrne

  • Partner


Mindy Lee, Litigation Paralegal

Martha Kelly, Legal Assistant

Super Lawyers - 5 Years - Michael J. Byrne

Practice Areas


Michael is a seasoned litigation attorney and advisor who has practiced business and commercial law for over 20 years. His clients range from individuals, to small businesses, to large institutions and corporations.

Michael believes that all good advice and advocacy begins with taking the time to talk with and truly listen to the client, to understand the client and the matters at issue, and to provide advice, counsel, and a plan of action that is customized for each client and each case.

Michael has built his career around achieving his clients' goals in the most effective and efficient way, from negotiations outside of the courtroom to courtroom advocacy, bench and jury trials, arbitration, and appellate practice. In helping and advising his clients, he brings to the table a meticulous attention to detail, clear communication skills, and wide-ranging knowledge of the law.

His areas of practice include business and commercial law, contract and property disputes (including commercial leases), fraud and misrepresentation, unfair trade practices (including contract interference), wage disputes, management and shareholder issues, insurance disputes, and liens.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. (With Honors) – 1996
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A. – 1991
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Pre-Professional Studies (Pre-Medicine)
    • Major: English Literature

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member, 1997 - Present


  • AV rated, Martin-Hubbell, 4.9/5.0 Peer Rating, 2014 - 2023
  • Graduate, Leadership Raleigh, 2012
  • Business North Carolina’s Hall of Fame for Litigation, 2015 - 2023
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, Winner, Litigation, 2014
  • North Carolina SuperLawyers, 2017 - 2023
  • American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Trophied

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Pro bono representations include defending indigent clients in removal actions before the United States Immigration Court, and successfully prosecuting a client's claims for unpaid wages against a public school system
  • United Way of the Greater Triangle
  • Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
  • Interfaith Food Shuttle
  • The Society of St. Andrew
  • Notre Dame Club of Eastern North Carolina, Past President

Past Positions

  • Byrne Law, PC, President and Founding Partner, 2013 to 2019
  • Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, Counsel, 2000 to 2012
  • Honorable John B. Lewis, Jr., North Carolina Court of Appeals, Judicial Clerk, 1997 to 1998
  • Charlotte, Assistant Public Defender

Published Works

  • Let Truth Be Their Devise: Hargett v Holland and the Professional Malpractice Statute of Repose, 73 N.C. L. Rev. 2209, 1996, Professional Malpractice

Representative Cases

  • State v. Bradley, 179 N.C. App. 551, 634 S.E.2d 258, 2006
  • Fox-Kirk v. Hannon, 142 N.C. App. 267, 542 S.E.2d 346, 2001