Justice Orr joined Poyner Spruill in 2012 as Of Counsel after a 35-year career in the public and private sector. Justice Orr served as a member of the N.C. Court of Appeals for eight years before joining the N.C. Supreme Court where he served for ten years. After retiring from the judiciary, he spent seven years as the Executive Director and Senior Counsel for the NC Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit public interest organization.
Over the years while in private practice and at NCICL, Justice Orr has litigated numerous cases at the trial level in a number of practice areas ranging from personal injury and condemnation cases to large public interest litigation on state constitutional issues. In addition, he has handled numerous appeals for clients at the state and federal level.
During his 18 years as a member of the N.C. Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, Justice Orr participated in literally thousands of cases and was the primary author of numerous decisions. His tenure on the courts was marked by his developing an expertise in the N.C. Constitution and included his final opinion authored as a Justice on the N.C. Supreme Court involving the landmark Leandro public education litigation. (Hoke County Board of Education v. State, 358 NC 605 (2004).
Articles in the National Law Review database by Robert F. Orr