Ann E. Groninger

Ann officially runs the firm’s Charlotte office, but travels around the State to meet with clients, handle cases and meet with various cycling groups. Her practice is concentrated on helping individuals involved in bicycle crashes, although she also has represented pedestrians and others involved in auto collisions and other injury claims.

Ann’s interest in bicycling began early; she started riding as a kid growing up in New York, New Jersey and Michigan. In 1991, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in engineering arts and from Tulane University School of Law in 1994. In law school, the idea of combining her educational background and love of the outdoors started to come together and she became involved in Tulane’s strong environmental law program as an editor on the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, a participant in the Environmental Law Clinic and a recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation grant to do work with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund. Taking a detour after school to learn her way around a courtroom, Ann worked first with the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation and then with the Cumberland County Public Defender’s Office until she opened her own practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1998. She joined the law firm of Patterson Harkavy in April, 2000 and, in 2007, established a Charlotte office. Ann, Leto and Valerie formed Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC in July 2011.Ann is active with the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), where she served on the Board of Governors. She has taught as a faculty member of NCAJ’s Capital College and several National Institute for Trial Advocacy programs and coached a high school mock trial team from 2002-2006. Ann has prepared amicus briefs on behalf of the North Carolina ACLU and NCAJ. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the league of American Bicyclists, Charlotte Area Bicycle Association and other bicycle advocacy organizations

Along with Peter Wilborn, Ann is also part of bikelaw, a national network dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of cyclists. Ann and Peter are advocates for bicycle safety, and stand up for cyclists’ rights on the roads and in court.

When she is not working, Ann loves to be riding any kind of bicycle.

Read about Ann’s recent activities on our blog.


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Areas of Practice:

  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Civil Litigation and Trials


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1994
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Honors: Grant Recipient, Public Interest Law Foundation
    Law Journal: Tulane Environmental Law, Editor
  • Michigan State University Honors: With Honors Major: B.S. Engineering Arts


Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Capital College North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers – Felony Defender Training Program, Institute of Government
  • Faculty Member, NCTA Trial Training – Practical Skills, NCBA
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Mass Torts CLE – Bicycles – 2009
  • Regular presentations to bicycle groups about safety and protecting cyclists’ rights on the road


Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Board of Governors, past member
    • Autotorts Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, Past Chair – Employment CLE
  • Charlotte Area Bicycle Association, Member
  • League of American Bicyclists, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member


Pro Bono Activities:

  • Speaking to cycling clubs, teams and other groups about safety and understanding cyclists rights and responsibilities
  • Local and Statewide Bicycle Advocacy activities from collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to improve bicycling safety to helping to plan local bicycling events
  • Coach, High School Mock Trial Team, 2002 – 2006
  • Charlotte Area Bicycle Association, 2007 – Present
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