- Admitted to practice in state and superior Courts in Georgia: 2002,
- Admitted to practice in all state courts in North Carolina,
- Admitted to practice in all state courts in Pennsylvania: 1988,
- Admitted to practice in all state courts and US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Membership: Wake County, NC 10th Judicial District Bar
Childhood & Education: I grew up in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Later, my family moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I graduated from Fox Chapel High School near the top of my class. I spent two years at Chatham College and then transferred to Carnegie Mellon University where I received a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Biochemistry. After graduation, I was part of a student program and worked in Germany. When my internship ended, I took a break from school and worked at various jobs. I returned to school and studied law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. I graduated in 1988 in the top third of my class. I thereafter worked for the trial and appellate courts in Pennsylvania. In 2000, I relocated to North Carolina and have been engaged in private practice in Durham and Cary since that time.
Some fun facts about me:
- 1976 – I owned a horse and joined the Bicentennial Wagon Train as it traveled across Pennsylvania and rode into Valley Forge, PA to celebrate the bicentennial.
- 1983 – worked at Bayer, AG in Leverkusen, Germany as part of a student internship program after graduating from college.
- 2004 & 2006: judicial candidate for the NC Supreme Court
- Scholastic Awards & Honors: Invited to join the National Honor Society.
- Freshman Chemistry Award
- Nominee for the Truman Scholarship
About me and the practice of law:
I am unlike any lawyer that you have ever met. Read some of the positive feedback I have received from my clients over the years. Simply stated, I am not a traditional lawyer. I do not go to court. Too often the courts are places of injustice. Therefore, my focus is on helping people resolve their problems outside of court. While I always maintain a professional relationship, I care about my clients and the clients are treated with respect, understanding and compassion of their situation.
Some things my clients will experience with me:
(1) The lines of communication are always open – I answer my phone from 10:00 am up until 9:00 pm and can receive emails at any time. If I am not immediately available, I return calls/messages within 24-48 hours in most cases.
(2) There are never any hidden fees. I don’t focus on billable hours or charge by the word. There are no unexpected surprise legal bills. I work on a flat fee basis per project and my clients know upfront what my fees will be before I start. I try to keep the fees reasonable and affordable.
(3) What I can and cannot do – I am not a miracle worker and my law degree did not confer any special powers upon me. I cannot make your problems go away with a wave of a magic wand. But what I can promise my clients that they will get someone who will take the time to listen to their issues non-judgmentally, treat them with courtesy, and do the work that I am hired to do in a reasonably prompt manner. I am a champion for my clients and will use my best efforts to attain the best possible results.