About Max

O. Max Gardner III

Max Gardner received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and graduated with highest honors from the UNC School of Law in 1974. He was a member of the NC Law Review, President of the Student Bar Foundation and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Following graduation, Max served as Senior Law Clerk to the Hon. William H. Bobbitt, the late Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and to the Hon. J. William Copeland, an Associate Justice with the Supreme Court. He worked as an Associate with Smith Moore in Greensboro, North Carolina, until 1977, when he opened a consumer bankruptcy law practice in Shelby.

Max has been the attorney of record in numerous landmark cases including Myrtle Marshall vs Spindale Savings, Marjorie White vs Duke University Medical School, and the Shelby Yarn Employee litigation. He individually represented the 650 former employees of Shelby Yarn who filed an involuntary Chapter 7 against their employer and subsequently recovered more than $2,200,000 in damages against the former officers, directors and stockholders.

Max was named the Outstanding Consumer Lawyer of 2004 by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers and was elected a Member of the North Carolina Legal Elite by Business North Carolina in December of 2004 and again in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was also recognized as one of the “Super Lawyers” in North Carolina by the Charlotte Magazine and by Law & Politics in 2006, 2007, 2008, and again in 2009.

Max is a long-time member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). He is a frequent national speaker on consumer bankruptcy law.

Max is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in America in the area of Predatory Mortgage Servicing and the standing of Mortgage Servicers in consumer bankruptcy cases. His position on the front lines of the war against predatory lenders and mortgage servicers has captured the attention of ABC News Nightline, CNN, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other news outlets across the country. More importantly, it’s captured the attention of unethical lenders, servicers and collectors.

During his years of practice, Max has tried 102 jury cases to a final verdict. He was successful in all but 2 of those cases, one of which he retried and won.

Max is the Grandson of former North Carolina Lt. Governor and Governor O. Max Gardner and the Grandnephew of former Governor and U. S. Senator, Clyde R. Hoey. His Grandfather also served as Under-Secretary of the Department of the Treasury and as Ambassador to Great Britain during the Truman Administration. To learn more about Max and his family, please visit www.maxgardnerlaw.com and www.governoromaxgardner.com.