A. Cotten Wright

Trustee Assistant: Janice Phillips
E-mail:  jphillips@grierlaw.com

Legal Assistant:  Brittany Franklin
E-mail:  bfranklin@grierlaw.com

Ms. Wright is a founding member of Grier Wright Martinez. She joined Grier & Furr as an associate in 2002 following a one-year judicial clerkship with The Honorable George R. Hodges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Ms. Wright is a member of the chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee panel for the Western District of North Carolina. She also represents business debtors, debtors-in-possession, trustees, and creditors in bankruptcy matters and assists business owners with out-of-court workouts and liquidations. Ms. Wright has served as a court-appointed receiver in cases brought in U.S. District Court. She is licensed to practice in North Carolina and is a certified mediator.

Before enrolling in law school, Ms. Wright served as the chief development officer of Hubbard House, Inc., the domestic violence center that serves northeast Florida, where she was responsible for raising the agency’s annual operating budget, and provided staff leadership for a $4.7 million capital campaign. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Wright is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville.


North Carolina State Bar (2001)
U.S. District Courts for the Western District, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


Jacksonville University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1973)
University of North Carolina (J.D., 2001)
North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation (1999-2001)

Area of Practice

Bankruptcy Trustee
Debtor/Creditor Matters and Business Workouts

Certification / Specialization

Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law by the North Carolina State Bar
Certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification
Certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct mediated settlement conferences in Superior Court civil actions

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Named to North Carolina Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy & Creditor / Debtor Rights), 2012- 2019


Mecklenburg County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar
American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees


Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
Named to North Carolina Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy & Creditor / Debtor Rights), since 2012