Mr. Isaac N. Northup, Jr.

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A native of Asheville, Ike returned home to practice law in 1981. A graduate of the University of North Carolina undergraduate and law schools, Ike clerked at the North Carolina Supreme Court in Raleigh for the year following his admission to the bar. Ike has practiced as a partner in two law firms including one he founded in 1998. He joins Hall Booth Smith PC with a wealth of trial experience.

Over the last thirty five years Ike concentrated his area of practice in the field of medical malpractice defense litigation involving catastrophic and birth injuries and complex medical matters. Ike has tried in excess of 75 medical malpractice trials to jury verdict. He also has tried multiple other cases involving will caveats, theft of trade secrets, arson, fraudulent lending and a host of automobile and general liability cases. Ike is routinely consulted by health care providers concerning licensing boards issues privilege issues and risk management. In other litigation, Ike has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving a wide range of claims, including catastrophic personal injury, stealing of business secrets, arson, violations of covenants, business interruption claims and products liability. Those cases have been tried in both federal and state court and have been trials which occurred in every county west of Charlotte.

Professionally, Ike is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been on the Board of Directors of the NC Association of Defense Attorneys and is an emeritus member, having served for seven years, of the NC Board of Law Examiners. Ike has spoken numerous times on both the practical and the intellectual aspects of trial work.

In his time away from work, Ike is part owner of a motorcycle shop and spends as much time as possible outdoors with his children as they fish, camp, boat and scuba dive.


•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Super Lawyer, 2007-2018
•The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2017
•Legal Elite Best Business Litigators, 2007-2017

American College of Trial Lawyers (2004—). Member: North Carolina and American Bar Associations; 28th Judicial District and North Carolina State Bars; North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Board Member, 1995-1998); Defense Research Institute.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Business & Commercial
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice and Ethics
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Property/SIU
  • Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of North Carolina, A.B., 1975
Law School Attended:
University of North Carolina, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
Western, Middle and Eastern Federal Districts of North Carolina; 1980, North Carolina; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
North Carolina Board of Law Examiners
North Carolina and American Bar Associations
28th Judicial District Bar
North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina District Court
U.S. District Court
Western District of North Carolina
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
Defense Research Institute

Birth Information:
Asheville, North Carolina, January 15, 1953

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Asheville, North Carolina

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