I have been practicing law as a sole practitioner located in Charlotte, NC, since 1981. Currently my Practice focuses primarily on two areas:
Administrative Law, such as Social Security Disability, Medicaid and other Social Services Appeals and departments, boards and commissions such as the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. I represent persons, firms and/or corporations in appeals before various Agencies and Commissions of Federal and State government, both within the Agency involved and to the Federal and State Courts.
Transactional Law, which includes drafting of Wills and Trusts; help with administering Decedents Estates; Adoptions, Incompetency/Guardianship, and Small Businesses representation.
Though not often, I regularly have to pursue relief for a client by way of trial, either before a Judge and jury or before a Judge alone, called a ‘bench trial’. I am currently admitted to practice in all North Carolina State Courts and have participated in oral argument before the North Carolina Supreme Court. I have argued cases before the United States District Court for each of the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, as well as being admitted to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.
Over that period of time, I have handled a wide array of matters for hundreds of clients and have had my successes and failures. One thing that I have learned the hard way is that there is no substitute for hard work and being someone clients can rely on for timely accurate advice. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find it or I will refer you to someone who does have the answer.
A review of the Areas of Practice section reveals a rather broad spectrum of the law; however, the list is far from complete. At the time of this writing, I am in my thirty second year of practice. In practice, it is often not easy or even possible for me to limit myself to a particular area of practice, because the various matters that come up with my clients, require that I become adept at a wide range of practice areas. These various areas of practice invariably have a healthy overlap into other areas. One example of this is the domestic law area. I have not written an article on domestic law despite the fact that I handle divorces, separations, child support, visitation, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, etc. Even when I do not feel qualified to handle a particular matter, I make it a practice to try to know of other qualified counsel who can be trusted and relied upon, to whom I can refer those in need of that particular expertise.