Robert M. Elliot


About Hoppy

Practicing over 38 years, Robert (Hoppy) Elliot has built an impressive career in a variety of complex legal fields, including employment law, disability (LTD) claims, civil rights work, personal injury claims, and commercial and business issues.

Hoppy is at home in the courtroom, having argued one of his client’s cases in the United States Supreme Court and won. He has represented clients in numbers of jury trials and hearings before state and federal judges in courts across North Carolina and the region.  Along with his partner, Griff Morgan, and co-counsel, Frank Goldsmith, Hoppy took his devotion to the rule of law to the Guantanamo prison, representing detainees who had languished for years without counsel.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Disability Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights


  • North Carolina Bar
  • Wake Forest University, J.D. cum laude
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A


  • Forsyth County and North Carolina (past Chair, member, Labor and Employment Section)
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates of Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)

Community Service

  • President, General Counsel and Board Member, ACLU of North Carolina
  • Co-founder – Crossing 52 Initiative to address issues of race relations in Winston-Salem
  • Mayoral Appointee, Winston-Salem Committee on Racial Healing
  • Church Attorney, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina


  • Top Employment Lawyer in North Carolina for the year 2008, by Business Week Magazine of North Carolina
  • Hall of Fame of Employment Lawyers by Business Week Magazine of North Carolina
  • Top Lawyer in his field by Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law, 1994 to the present
  • Frank Porter Graham Award by the ACLU of North Carolina for 2011 for longstanding and significant contributions to the fight for individual freedom and civil liberties in North Carolina
  • N.C. Advocates for Justice in 2014 honored for promoting the cause of justice and the rule of law through the pro bono representation of Guantanamo detainees