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Hunter C. Quick

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I’m a member in Nexsen Pruet’s Charlotte, N.C., office, with more than 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer. During my career I’ve tried cases before juries in state and federal courts throughout the country, including those in North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. I’ve tried approximately 80 cases and arbitrations to verdict or award and have obtained multiple million-dollar recoveries.  

For 25 years I have practiced solely in the property subrogation area, and I’ve represented numerous property insurance companies. Most property insurance policies contain a clause that provides an insurance company the right to take legal action against a third party responsible for a loss to an insured for which a claim has been paid. For example, an insurance company pays a claim for $100,000 in damages to an insured business owner for losses caused by a defective product. The policy’s subrogation clause, as well as legal principles of equity, give the insurance company the right to be subrogated to, or take on as its own, the business owner’s claim and to sue the manufacturer of the defective product for damages to recover what the insurer has paid to its insured.  

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Education
  • West Virginia University, J.D., 1981
    * Lead Articles Editor, West Virginia Law Review
  • Wofford College, B.A., 1971
  • Marshall University, Master’s Degree in English Literature, 1974
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
  • Regularly admitted specially to appear in other states. 
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)

Representative Property Subrogation Recoveries

The following examples show the types of cases Hunter and his team handle. As the facts of and law applicable to every case differ, past results cannot be used to predict or guarantee future outcomes.

Recovered a seven-figure settlement on the eve of trial in a case involving a fire at a sawmill building in North Carolina.  The building was equipped with a water-based sprinkler system, but the sprinkler system did not properly flow water at the time of the fire.  As a result, instead of the fire being contained at a single saw box in the building, the fire spread throughout the sawmill building and resulted in approximately $7,000,000 in damages.  Our fire protection engineering expert did a masterful job in determining and articulating why the sprinkler system failed.  The defendant asserted the defense of contributory negligence, which is still recognized in North Carolina as a complete bar to a plaintiff’s claim, but before trial agreed to settle for a substantial amount. 

Successfully tried and obtained a six-figure verdict in Virginia in a case in which a local contractor improperly used a nail gun to perform carpentry work.  This contractor shot a nail into a camping canister, which resulted in an explosion and fire that destroyed the insureds’ house.  The defendant raised the defense of contributory negligence, which is also recognized in Virginia, in that case as well and made no offer to settle the case prior to trial.  The jury rejected that defense and rendered a verdict in plaintiff/insurer’s favor.   

Obtained a large seven-figure settlement in a Tennessee case that was filed in federal court.  The case involved the negligent construction of a large warehouse.  The building collapsed during a significant storm, and the defendant contractor raised an Act of God defense.  The defendant claimed that tornadic winds and a microburst were responsible for destroying the building, but we retained a nationally-renowned meteorologist, who had served as one of the weather officers in the World War II D-Day Invasion, as our primary expert to refute this defense.  The case was settled after the defendant deposed this expert. 

Recovered a seven-figure settlement in a property subrogation case in Mississippi involving the collapse of a 2,000-foot high telecommunications tower.  This collapse occurred when the defendant contractor was replacing diagonal structural members on the tower.  Prior to performing this work, the defendant had improperly failed to perform buckling calculations on the tower.  Moreover, the defendant’s employees had been equipped with “come-a-longs” to temporarily secure the areas where the diagonal members were removed, but this equipment was not being used.  When the employees removed a diagonal member from a buckling point in the tower, the entire tower collapsed.  All three employees died in the collapse.  We retained a structural engineering expert with special expertise in tower failures who modeled the collapse and issued a detailed report explaining the cause of the collapse.  Our property portion of this case was settled before suit was filed. 

Tried a case in federal court in Tennessee involving a fire that destroyed a fleece-producing plant.  The fire was caused by an improper motor being used with a large industrial fan to assist with removing lint from this operation.  The fleece-producing company, however, had ordered the correct motor, but the defendant shipped the wrong motor – one that was not a “totally enclosed fan cooled motor,” which was the proper type for the insured’s environment.  Prior to trial the defendant offered nuisance value to settle the case.  A jury, however, rendered a seven-figure verdict in plaintiffs’ favor.  On post-trial motions the trial court judge vacated the verdict, and we appealed the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  The Sixth Circuit completely reversed that decision and ruled that the trial judge had abused his discretion.  The Sixth Circuit reinstated the full seven-figure verdict, with post-judgment interest and costs. 

Successfully litigated and settled a residential South Carolina fire loss involving a defective component in an HVAC unit.  The target defendant claimed that the cause of the fire could not be determined, but by retaining very well qualified mechanical and electrical engineers to perform detailed joint laboratory examinations of the HVAC unit components, those experts were able to determine the cause of the fire.  The case was settled at Mediation for a high six-figure amount. 

Obtained a seven-figure settlement in a South Carolina case in which a large home on Kiawah Island and expensive personal property were completely destroyed as a result of a fire, which originated in the homeowner’s vehicle parked inside the garage and spread throughout the house.  The vehicle had been recently repaired at a local dealership, and the fire occurred during the middle of the night while the vehicle’s ignition was turned off.  We sued the dealership, which argued that the fire was caused by some other ignition source located in the garage.  The case was successful resolved at Mediation shortly before the trial. 

Obtained a large six-figure settlement in a North Carolina case involving a fire that destroyed the home of a dentist.  The dentist had a sizeable uninsured loss, and we filed suit against the manufacturer of a laptop computer and lithium ion battery manufacturer.  The defendants requested an early Mediation after they were served with substantial written discovery and deposition notices.  The laptop at issue had been recalled, and defendants clearly did not want to disclose information and material generated in conjunction with that recall, as well as in conjunction with numerous other lawsuits involving fires caused by lithium ion batteries. 

Represented multiple property insurers in a case involving the collapse of a large tower crane in Virginia.  This tower crane had fallen on an adjoining apartment complex, and at the time of the collapse, the residents in the complex had fortunately left for work.  The target defendant in that case was the manufacturer/fabricator of the anchor stools that had been used to secure the base of the tower crane.  That defendant had not performed the required penetration welds on these anchor stools, and our metallurgical engineering expert concluded that this caused the collapse.  This case included numerous parties, and the target defendant hotly contested the plaintiffs’ claims, maintaining that other defendants were also at fault.  The case was settled for a seven-figure amount shortly before trial. 

Successfully obtained a high six-figure recovery in a Florida case involving a defective inlet hose installed in a high-end dishwasher.  This defective hose allowed water to leak in the insured homeowners’ kitchen.  In most circumstances the damages from this leak would have been minimal, and the case would have resolved quickly.  However, the insureds had recently remodeled their home, and they had installed bookmatch statuario marble (where the veins from the rock are connected and match up), which had been cut from a mountain in Italy, throughout their kitchen, dining room, and living room.  The water that had leaked from the dishwasher, penetrated some of the areas of this marble, and “wicked up” into the underside of the marble.  Over a few months’ time iron oxide deposits (rust) began showing in the marble located throughout the kitchen and dining room, and these brown spots could not be removed by pumice grinding measures or the application of other solutions.  Because removing only sections of the floor would destroy the “bookmatch effect,” the entire floor had to be jack-hammered up and replacement bookmatch Italian statuario marble reinstalled.  The damages caused by the leaking inlet hose resulted in over $1,000,000.  The case was successfully settled prior to trial. 


 

I’m an enthusiastic and life-long tennis player. My play today is mainly recreational, but competitive tournament play might be in my future at some point.  I also enjoy reading, good movies, and spending time with my wife, Leslie, and Sport, our dog who would be king.

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