Cory Reiss


Attorney Cory Reiss

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Medical Negligence
  • Consumer Protection Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2010
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC
    •  Juris Doctor 2010
    • Law Review, Senior Notes and Comments Editor, 2010
    • Law Review, Member, 2009-10
    • Moot Court Board, 2009-10
    • Trial Team 2009-10
    • Legal Writing Teaching Assistant 2008-10
  • The University of Virginia, 1994, Charlottesville, VA
    • B.A. English Language and Literature
    • B.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies


  • The Order of Barristers, 2010
  • James F. Hoge Memorial Award for Outstanding Written Contribution to the Wake Forest Law Review, 2008-2009
  • Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award, 1998
  • Virginia Press Association Awards for Excellence in Journalism, 1994-1996


  • “Crime that Plays: Shaping a Reporter’s Shield to Cover National Security in an Insecure World,” Wake Forest Law Review, Summer 2009

Cory Reiss maintains a broad legal practice but focuses on business litigation, ranging from complex cases in the North Carolina Business Court to more straightforward contract disputes.  His experience also extends to personal injury and wrongful death cases, including medical malpractice.  But whether the case is large or small, contract or tort, Cory applies investigative instincts that he honed over more than 14 years as a professional journalist before turning to the Bar.

Cory exited the University of Virginia in 1994 skilled in various forms of writing and on a mission to get to the bottom of things.  A freelance writer and part-time newspaper reporter while still in school, upon graduating he became a full-time journalist and then managing editor of a weekly newspaper that he led to numerous awards.  In 1997, Cory joined the Wilmington Morning Star (now the Star-News), where he primarily covered state and federal courts, laying the foundation for his interest in law.  In 2000, he became the New York Times Regional Media Group Correspondent in Washington, D.C., covering Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and federal agencies for 14 daily newspapers in six states as well as the New York Times News Service.

But the old courts beat beckoned Cory Reiss over the years.  In 2007, he entered the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was a teaching assistant for legal writing and a leader on the Dean’s List, Law Review and his trial team — all while Cory and his wife raised two young sons.  Cory joined Shipman & Wright in 2010.

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