Fred B. Monroe

As a trial lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina for over 24 years, Fred focuses his civil litigation practice on representing individuals and companies involved in complex business disputes.   Fred’s trial experience, when coupled with his educational background in the areas of finance and accounting, provide him with a distinctive ability to counsel clients on a wide range of  litigation issues that include: derivative actions, dissolutions, waste of assets, minority shareholder rights, controlling shareholder obligations, dissenting shareholder rights, officers’ and directors’ liability, executive compensation, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, business valuation, financial products, estates, and trusts and severe bodily injury.  In addition, Fred represents investors in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and is a member of the Public Investor Bar Arbitration Association (“PIABA”).  

Fred’s clients have ranged from large institutions, such as a public university, to businesses and individuals.  As a first chair lawyer, Fred has successfully prosecuted and defended many cases in trials before judges, juries, and arbitration panels.

Fred hails from the eastern part of North Carolina with roots in the Moore and Montgomery County area.  After graduating from law school in 1996, Fred clerked with the North Carolina Court of Appeals for the Honorable Gerald Arnold, Chief Judge.  When he completed his clerkship, he began his career with James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A. While actively practicing law, Fred obtained an M.B.A., Finance, from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Fred became a shareholder in James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A. in 2006 and currently serves on its management committee.  

Academic Background

  •  M.B.A., Finance Concentration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, 2013
  •  J.D., Mercer University School of Law, Member, Mercer Law Review,1996
  •  B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina Bar
  • Georgia Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, All Districts of North Carolina
  • Appears pro hac vice in other jurisdictions


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV®PreemientTM Peer Review Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, 2021-2023

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