Stokely (“Stoke”) G. Caldwell Jr. is a partner with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina. For over 20 years, Stoke has provided legal counsel to a variety of motorsports teams, drivers, owners, sponsors, agents, crew members, licensors, licensees and promoters.
His experience includes creation, negotiation, interpretation and dispute resolution with respect to driver agreements, sponsorship agreements, personal services agreements and endorsements, license agreements, television and film agreements, employment agreements, digital rights agreements, engine lease and servicing agreements, race car and race team servicing agreements, agency agreements and other types of motorsports arrangements.
Stoke has served on the board of the Sports Lawyers Association, has served as Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is co-founder of The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC).
He received his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1978. He graduated summa cum laude from law school at Washington and Lee University in 1986, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, served as note and comment editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, and received the John W. Davis Prize for highest academic average.
He has received numerous professional recognitions including The TRAC Star Award (2014), The Best Lawyers in America (sports law & entertainment (2003-2015), North Carolina Super Lawyers (entertainment & sports (2006-2014), Managing Intellectual Property IP Star (2013-2014),
American’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Charlotte Observer – NASCAR’s Top 20 Most Influential Individuals (2007) and Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated.
Stoke serves on several foundation boards including The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, The Dale Jr. Foundation and the Kevin Harvick Foundation. Stoke and his wife, Julie, live in Charlotte and have two married children.