J. Patrick Haywood

Phone (336) 478-1177
Fax (336) 478-1194


Patrick Haywood is sought after by clients and other attorneys for his insight into complex and novel issues. At his core, Patrick solves problems, though he is no stranger to the courtroom.  He has tried over 70 cases to juries in his career and has appeared in nearly all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

To further advance his clients’ interest, Patrick utilizes a deep bench of litigation and transactional talent at Carruthers & Roth.  Whether your issue involves business matters, construction disputes, shareholder disputes, or any other needs of your business, Patrick and his team is ready and able to help.

Patrick has been recognized as a senior fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of America’s lawyers. He frequently lectures on construction-related issues for trade organizations and for groups of contractors, developers and design professionals.

  • North Carolina State University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude (1994)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D. (2001)

Representative Cases

  • Successfully defended a commercial utilities contractor in complex double wrongful death case involving alleged underground petroleum leak.
  • Successfully defended a waterproofing subcontractor in a civil action brought by a state university for damages allegedly caused by a project defect resulting in mold contamination.
  • Represented regional residential construction supplier as plaintiff in a civil action for unfair and deceptive trade practices arising out of claim for fraudulent lien waivers. Verdict was entered in client’s favor, awarding treble damages and attorney’s fees.
  • Represented a national commercial HVAC subcontractor in multimillion dollar delay and schedule compression claim.
  • Has successfully defended several national lenders in a lender liability case.
  • Represented a client in a commercial property tax valuation case that resulted in a $9 million reduction in tax value and a significant tax savings.
  • Represented a client in a case involving a breach of a settlement agreement and breach of fiduciary responsibility. The client recovered punitive damages and a total reward exceeding $1 million.