Dottie Burch

Dottie Burch has served on the NCHC Board of Directors for almost seven years and has been a member of the NCHC Executive Committee since 2011. She earned the Star Volunteer award in 2011 in recognition of exemplary service to NCHC. Dottie Burch is widely recognized as the leading equine lawyer in North Carolina and heads the Equine Law practice group at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC. As an avid equestrian, she brings a unique perspective and understanding of equine legal issues and thus offers invaluable insight into the complex issues facing the NCHC today.

Dottie is the former Chair of the Equine Law Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee. She is a frequent speaker at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Science and travels throughout the state speaking to various groups of equine owners and organizations. Ms. Burch has received numerous achievement awards which recognize her as an exemplary legal professional and community servant in North Carolina, including designation as a “Best Lawyer of America,” naming as a North Carolina “SuperLawyer,” a North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly “Leader in the Law” and one of Triangle Business Journal’s “Top 25 Women in Business.” She is active in many other Triangle organizations that foster community relationships and professional development, including Meredith College, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church and Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women. Dottie’s informative and sometimes cheeky equine law blog can be found at

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