Isaac N. Northup, Jr.

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Isaac N. Northup, Jr.



A native of Asheville, Ike returned home to practice law in 1981. After graduation from the University of North Carolina both as an undergraduate and from its law school, Ike clerked at the North Carolina Supreme Court in Raleigh for the year following his admission to the bar. Ike has practiced as a partner in two law firms including one he founded in 1998. He brings to HBS a wealth of trial experience.

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For nearly four decades, Ike has concentrated his area of practice in the field of medical malpractice defense litigation involving catastrophic injuries, birth injuries, and complex medical matters. Ike has tried in excess of 75 medical malpractice trials to jury verdict and has also tried multiple other cases involving will caveats, theft of trade secrets, arson, fraudulent lending and a host of automobile and general liability cases.

Ike is routinely consulted by health care providers concerning licensing boards issues, privilege issues, and risk management. In other litigation, Ike has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving a wide range of claims including catastrophic personal injury, stealing of business secrets, arson, violations of covenants, business interruption claims and products liability. Those cases have been tried in both federal and state court and have been trials which occurred in every county west of Charlotte.

Professionally, Ike is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the NC Association of Defense Attorneys and the NC Board of Law Examiners. Ike has presented numerous times on both the practical and the intellectual aspects of trial work.

In his time away from work, Ike is part owner of a motorcycle shop and spends as much time as possible outdoors with his children as they fish, camp, boat, and scuba dive.



State Courts:

  • North Carolina, 1980

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

U.S. Courts of Appeals:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • J.D., University of North Carolina, 1980
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1975


  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow
  • DRI
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Board of Law Examiners


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  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers®
    • Awarded in: Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Asheville; 2014, 2016, 2019, 2023
    • Awarded in: Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Asheville; 2013, 2015
  • Best Business Litigators, Legal Elite, 2007-2017

In the Press

HBS Attorneys Selected as 2024 North Carolina Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

HBS is proud to announce that Super Lawyers has recognized Asheville Partner Issac N. Northup, Jr. and Charlotte Associate Christian Ferlan on their 2024 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 2024 North Carolina Rising Stars lists, respectfully.
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55 Hall Booth Smith Lawyers Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers® Award Recipients

Hall Booth Smith is pleased to announce that 55 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. “For more than 40 years, the rigorous methodology of Best Lawyers® has ensured the
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4 North Carolina Attorneys Recognized on 2023 Super Lawyers Lists

NORTH CAROLINA – January 26, 2023 – In the 2023 edition of the magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as four of its attorneys have been named on the lists of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Isaac Northup has been selected to the
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Hall Booth Smith Attorneys Honored by The Best Lawyers In America 2023

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is pleased to announce 47 lawyers from the firm were honored in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This award is based on an evaluation process that includes a collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from attorneys in the same field. These HBS attorneys
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