University of North Carolina, B.A., Political Science, 1976
Law School Attended:
University of North Carolina, J.D., 1979
Year of First admission:
1979, North Carolina; 1983, U.S. Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
North Carolina Bar Association; Alamance County Bar Association (President, 2007); North Carolina Bar Association (President, Family Law Section, 1999-2000; Member, Litigation Section; Past Treasurer); American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (North Carolina Chapter Presidents, 2008-2009; North Carolina Chapter Delegate, 2012).
Asheville, North Carolina, May 25, 1954
(Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, North Carolina State Board Of Legal Specialization)
Equitable Distribution trials involving professional practice evaluations, the interim distribution of a tract of land for residential real estate development, and the division of non-qualified compensation, stock options and other business interests; Negotiation and settlement of equitable distribution cases involving the valuation and division of estates including closely held business interests, manufacturing companies, sales companies, interests in professional associations, foreign real property and trust assets; Litigation of child custody issues involving relocation, parental alienation, allegations of abuse and neglect, threats of international parental kidnapping, social services investigations, grandparent custody and challenging or defending forensic custody evaluations; Successful litigation of termination of parental rights issues; Successful defense of alienation and criminal conversation case involving a final demand in excess of $350,000 and a verdict of $5,500; Successful use of alternative dispute resolution methods for resolving financial and child related issues including collaborative law, and mediation/arbitration; Arbitration of financial and other issues as the arbitrator; Mediation of financial and other issues as the mediator; Negotiation of complex Medical Malpractice wrongful death case; Trial to jury of "low speed, high damages" auto tort case with judgment in excess of six figures; Litigation of the validity of a premarital agreement affirmed on appeal; Litigation to settlement of condominium synthetic stucco cases.
Hobbies & interests:
Chair, Alamance County Strategic Planning Task Force; President, Alamance County United Way; March of Dimes Steering Committee for Alamance County; Deacon and Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, N.C.; Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 9, BSA Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.