Carolyn Barnett Brady grew up in Henderson, NC and graduated from Vance Senior High School in 1977. She attended Davidson College and obtained a B.A. degree in 1981. She worked as a paralegal at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP in New York, NY before returning to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University School of Law. While at Wake Forest, she participated on the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.
In 1985 she graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law and accepted employment at Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta, GA. In 1988 she returned to North Carolina and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Beaufort, NC from 1988 to 1994. She was responsible initially for all District Court cases including: traffic offenses, other moving violations, DWI’s, trespass, larceny, shoplifting, misdemeanor drug offenses, simple assaults, and marine fisheries violations. Later she resumed responsibility for the prosecution of all juvenile cases and all felonies in Superior Court to include: murder, drug offenses, rape, sexual assaults, offenses against children, and other violent crimes.
In 1994 Carolyn left the District Attorney’s office and joined the firm. She continued to handle criminal matters, but also served as an attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem program, and expanded her practice to include civil litigation, collection work, and real estate law. She became a partner in 1999. Her current practice includes traffic and criminal matters, civil litigation, municipal law, homeowner association and lien work, personnel law, education law, and collection work. She has advised governing bodies, municipal quasi-judicial boards, and has appeared before the NC Real Estate Commission.