I have been practicing law as a sole practitioner located in Charlotte, NC, since 1981. Currently my Practice focuses primarily on two areas:
1) 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.
2) Transactional Law, such as drafting of Wills and Trusts; help with administering Decedents Estates; Adoptions, Incompetency/Guardianship, negotiation and drafting of Contracts and the formation/representation of Small Businesses.
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.
Over the course of my practice, 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 fourth year of practice. In practice, it is often not easy or even possible for me to limit myself to a particular area of law, 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 among them. One example of this is the administration of decedent’s estates. I may be called upon to know not only how to administer an estate but also answer questions regarding taxes, real property, domestic issues, and many more areas.