My broad legal practice covers business litigation, ranging from complex cases in the North Carolina Business Court to more straightforward contract disputes, personal injury, and wrongful death cases, including medical malpractice.
But whatever type of case, I use investigative instincts that I honed over more than 14 years as a professional journalist before turning to the Bar.
I exited the University of Virginia in 1994 skilled in various forms of writing and on a mission to get to the bottom of things. A freelance writer and part-time newspaper reporter while still in school, I became a full-time journalist upon graduating and then managing editor of a weekly newspaper that I led to numerous awards.
In 1997, I joined the Wilmington Morning Star (now the Star-News), where I primarily covered state and federal courts, laying the foundation for my interest in law. I then became the New York Times Regional Media Group Correspondent in Washington, D.C., covering Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and federal agencies for 14 daily newspapers in six states as well as the New York Times News Service.
But the old courts beat beckoned me. In 2007, I entered the Wake Forest University School of Law, where I was a teaching assistant for legal writing and a leader on the Dean’s List, Law Review and my trial team — all while my wife and I raised two young sons.
Since joining the Bar, I've tried numerous cases, argued before our state's highest courts and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and enjoyed my daily mission to help steer clients clear of, or through, problems large and small.
- Business Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Real Estate Law
- Personal Injury
- Appeals & Appellate
- North Carolina
- North Carolina State Bar
- ID Number: 41549
- 4th Circuit
- Shipman & Wright, LLP
- Washington Correspondent
- The New York Times Regional Media Group
- Wilmington Star-News
- Managing Editor
- The Observer
- Wake Forest University School of Law
- J.D. (2010)
- Honors: Order of Barristers
- Activities: Law Review Moot Court Trial Team
- University of Virginia
- B.A. (1994) | English Language and Literature; Rhetoric and Communication Studies
- North Carolina State Bar # 41549
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice