Hon. Louis A. Bledsoe III
Judge Bledsoe presides as Chief Judge of the North Carolina Business Court with chambers located at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte. He was sworn in as a Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases in July 2014 and was designated Chief Judge of the Business Court, effective July 1, 2018. A native of Charlotte, Judge Bledsoe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, where he was a Morehead (now Morehead-Cain) Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the recipient of the William P. Jacocks Award as the outstanding man in UNC’s graduating class. Judge Bledsoe graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1984, and immediately after graduation served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sam J. Ervin, III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Upon completion of his clerkship in 1985, Judge Bledsoe joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, where he practiced commercial and business litigation for nearly 29 years until his appointment to the bench. Judge Bledsoe is a member of the American College of Business Court Judges and currently serves as one of the College’s representatives to the ABA Business Law Section.