Whitney Pakalka
Senior Associate

1001 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC USA 27101


Whitney Pakalka focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Whitney served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Michael L. Robinson in the North Carolina Business Court where she conducted research, attended hearings, drafted orders and opinions, and communicated with counsel regarding case administration.

While attending Wake Forest University School of Law, Whitney was a judicial intern to the Honorable Catherine C. Eagles in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Also while attending law school, Whitney served as Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, a Career and Professional Development teaching assistant, a research assistant for Professor Wilson Parker, and a participant in the Innocence and Justice Clinic. In May 2017, Whitney received the I. Beverly Lake Award for greatest proficiency in the study of constitutional law and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Most Outstanding Advocate Award.

Prior to attending the University of Colorado, Whitney studied abroad at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain in June 2004.

Whitney was recognized in 2024 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Commercial Litigation by The Best Lawyers in America®. She was recognized as a North Carolina "Rising Star" in 2022 and 2023 for Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine. She was named as one of Business North Carolina magazine's “Young Guns” in 2022.

Whitney has a basic knowledge of Spanish.


Wake Forest University School of Law J.D. (2017) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, CALI Awards, Pro Bono Honor Society

University of Colorado B.A. (2008) Spanish Language and Literature


North Carolina (2017)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2019)

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2019)

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2019)


North Carolina Business Court - Honorable Michael L. Robinson (Jul 2017-Aug 2018)

Professional & Community Activities

The Historic Bethabara Park, Board of Trustees, Member

Charleston Trident Fishing Tournament, Outstanding Lady Angler-Offshore (January 2015)

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