Austin King is Counsel in Nexsen Pruet's Raleigh office and serves in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Austin is an accomplished litigator with experience resolving complex litigation in high-stakes, bet-the-company business litigation from the investigatory stage through discovery, trial, and appeal. Prior to joining Nexsen Pruet, Austin worked as an associate at two “top ten” international law firms focusing on antitrust, intellectual property, and business litigation generally.
Austin practices in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation, antitrust, business disputes, class-action defense, and intellectual property. In addition, Austin has invaluable first-hand experience from his service in the state and federal judiciaries. After law school, Austin spent two years as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Austin also clerked for the Honorable John S. Arrowood of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Moreover, Austin served under U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, as well as for Chief Justice Paul M. Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Austin earned his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he finished first in his class and valedictorian of the Cameron School of Business.
- Represented leniency applicants in federal antitrust trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
- Defended pharmaceutical client in multidistrict “reverse payment” class action litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
- Represented multi-national food company in a series of federal class actions brought by direct and indirect purchasers alleging that major chicken producers reduced output to raise the price of certain meat-producing chickens.
Community & Professional
- North Carolina Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Tenth Judicial District Bar and Wake County Bar Association
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Austin is an avid surfer. He has surfed on every continent except Antarctica. Out of the water, Austin is a competitive runner and golfer.
S. Austin King, Note, Mounting a Judicial Challenge to President Barack Obama’s Recess Appointment of Richard Cordray: The Constitutional Mandate of Standing, 18 N.C. BANKING INST. 305 (2013)
S. Austin King, Note, Proffering the Right Evidence: Proving Loss Causation and Damages Under SEC Rule 10b-5, 19 N.C. BANKING INST. 431 (2014)
- North Carolina
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
- Hon. Terrence W. Boyle, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, May-August 2012
- Hon. Charles A. Pannell, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta, GA, September 2014 – September 2016
- Hon. John S. Arrowood, North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh, NC, August 2020 – August 2021