I have lived in North Carolina since 1998, when I was admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an out-of-state student. While at Carolina, I met my wife, worked several jobs, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa a semester early in 2001.
After graduating from college, I worked briefly as a bank teller before going to teach seventh grade English in Harnett County. Being a teacher was both a great challenge and life-changing experience. I was exposed to children and families from all walks of life hailing from Lillington, Angier, and other small North Carolina towns.
After teaching for a year, I worked as a licensed property and casualty insurance adjuster handling property damage and injury claims in and around the Triangle region. That experience gave me special insight into the insurance industry that I have maintained for the past twenty years. I saw the good, the bad, and the ugly of how insurance companies deal with claims that affect so many North Carolinians. And I got to travel to lots of new places for me, like Kenly and Warrenton. I learned that I love getting to know the many unique places North Carolina has to offer.
After working as an adjuster, I went back to law school at the UNC School of Law. I graduated from Carolina Law with honors in 2007. I passed the bar and was admitted to practice in North Carolina in August of 2007, three days after my oldest son was born.
For over sixteen years, I worked for a well-known litigation firm with a statewide practice in Greensboro. For the first few years of my practice, I handled a lot of defense cases for insurance companies in state and federal court. However, I also represented plaintiffs in personal injury and other cases. Over the years, my practice transitioned to general litigation with an emphasis on personal injury. I have handled all sorts of injury cases from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina.
I was privileged to become licensed in Virginia in 2016 and West Virginia in 2017. Being licensed in multiple states has helped me to develop relationships with many lawyers over a broad area. I cherish my strong relationships with other lawyers and law firms and am always open to co-counsel arrangements.
In 2021, I became a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice in North Carolina. I have handled lots of appellate cases in different areas of law, including personal injury and insurance bad faith. And some of my most important work has been writing amicus curiae briefs for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Many of those briefs have involved complicated issues of insurance coverage, including uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage as well as homeowner’s coverage. I also authored a chapter about homeowner’s coverage for a book on North Carolina insurance coverage.
It is my true honor to fight for North Carolinians dealing with injuries and insurance problems in our trial and appellate courts. When I am not doing that, I am usually hanging out with my wife and two teenage sons, walking my dog, catching a game, or reading a book.