Keith Kapp represents businesses, ranging from multi-national to private or family-owned enterprises, in connection with their commercial litigation and regulatory needs. He advises clients on the laws of contract, shareholder rights, antitrust, franchise relations, warranty, consumer protection, unfair trade practices and various regulatory statutes. As a member of the Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, Keith also provides arbitration services. He is a former vice chairman of the firm's board of directors.

 

He is a contributing author to Williams Mullen’s Alcoholic Beverage Law blog

Keith Kapp represents businesses, ranging from multi-national to private or family-owned enterprises, in connection with their commercial litigation and regulatory needs. He advises clients on the laws of contract, shareholder rights, antitrust, franchise relations, warranty, consumer protection, unfair trade practices and various regulatory statutes. As a member of the Commercial Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association, Keith also provides arbitration services. He is a former vice chairman of the firm's board of directors.

Keith has an extensive appellate practice arising in part from his service as a law clerk to Chief Judge Earl Vaughn of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Justice J. Frank Huskins of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He has substantial experience in alcoholic beverage distribution and regulation, franchisee-franchisor relationships and businesses regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, such as electric wholesale generators, co-generation operations and water companies.

Keith served as President of the North Carolina State Bar for the 2012-2013 term. He previously served as Wake County judicial district councilor from 2000 to 2009 and as chairman of the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee from 2006 to 2008. Keith is a member of the Antitrust and Administrative Law sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves on the Professionalism Committee. He is a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the Antitrust and Forum on Franchising sections of the American Bar Association. He is also a member and past president of the Wake County Bar Association. In addition, he is past president of the Raleigh Executives Club and Raleigh Little Theatre. Keith is a trustee of the Moravian Ministries Foundation and co-chaired the First Night Raleigh 2000 celebration. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (2003-present) and North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present). He was named the Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2017. In addition, he has been a "Litigation Star" in North Carolina by Benchmark Litigation each year since 2010.  In 2012, Keith was named to "Leaders in the Law" by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Martindale-Hubbell has rated him an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Keith earned an A.B. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. degree, also with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He graduated as a Morehead Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Represented vitamin manufacturer in state antitrust and civil action defense of one of several alleged price fixings. Participated in settlement of class action.
  • Defended insurance company in class action alleging excessive reserves. The case was dismissed based on filed rate doctrine.
  • Represented an insurance company in an unfair trade practice claim alleging conspiracy to establish excessive rates. Claim dismissed based on filed rate doctrine, first modern application of the doctrine in North Carolina.
  • Represented a pesticide manufacturer in a case for declaratory judgment and false advertising claims under the Lanham Act arising from the Defendant's advertising that mischaracterized the qualities and effectiveness of our client's product formulation for termite control systems. The case settled under confidential terms.
  • Defended pest control company against claims by property owner of breach of contract and negligence
  • Defended pest control company against claims of breach of contract, negligence, gross negligence, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and fraud. Plaintiff sought compensatory, treble and punitive damages.
  • Williams Mullen defended the U.S. subsidiary of a European maker of computerized furniture-making equipment sued for alleged violations of the Lanham Act, libel and other claims. Case resolved and later appealed to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended university against FERPA claim brought by the parent of a student arising from the student's performance at the university.