I protect families and small businesses by helping them create and implement plans to manage, preserve and transfer their assets. My goal is to give my clients the peace of mind that they are protected from whatever risks they face. Although I serve people of all walks of life, a large number of my clients are small business owners, farmers, and rural landowners.
I graduated from N.C. State University in 1995 with a B.S. in Natural Resources. I also received a Master of Forestry from N.C. State in 1998. After working as a forester for several years, I attended law school at Campbell University. While in law school, I served as Managing Editor of the Campbell Law Review.
For the first decade of my legal career, my practice was focused in civil litigation. I have tried a wide variety of cases to jury verdict or hung jury. Over time, I shifted my efforts from helping clients solve disputes to helping them anticipate and prevent potential problems.
I am admitted to practice in all N.C. Courts, the U.S. Districts Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of N.C. and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am also accredited to handle cases before the Veterans Administration. I have a Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV-Preeminent and an AVVO Rating of 10.0/10.0. Business North Carolina has recognized me as one of North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the area of Tax/Estate Planning. I have also been named to the North Carolina Super Lawyers list in the area of Estate Planning and Probate.
I am a member of the N.C. Bar Association, WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Agricultural Law Association, the Society of American Foresters, and the Association of Consulting Foresters. I am also an N.C. Registered Forester and a Certified Forester.
I have been married to Amity since 1995 and we have two children. We attend First Baptist Church in Wilson, N.C., where I am a deacon. When I am not working, I am usually surfing, working out, hunting, playing guitar, or reading about something other than taxes and estate planning. You can read my thoughts about estate planning and other issues at www.planpreserveprotect.com. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org