I’m a Navy brat, said in the kindest of terms! As a child in a military family, I understand the unique challenges of military life from that perspective. Yes, moving all over the Gulf Coast, making new friends, and having dad deployed for long periods … it is what we all went through together. And, as a result, as an attorney and a person, I appreciate the sacrifice of those who have chosen to serve in the armed forces.
Now, here is a question … What does a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a degree in Law have in common? Me! I completed undergraduate work at Dartmouth College and hold a degree in Materials Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering. Working on high-temperature superalloys for Howmet was exciting, but the lure of computers took me into a new career with Digital Equipment and eventually Ford Motor Company.
Most recently, I’m a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law where I was involved in the business law and alternative dispute resolution programs. The College of Law is an established and accomplished institution in many areas and is a top 100 law school. My history and prior engineering and business experience contribute a strong foundation to my Juris Doctor, and my service to you!
Areas of Practice:
- Estate Planning – helping clients leave the right legacy
- Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney – documents that drive the planning
- Special Needs Trusts
- Business Law – general counsel for small businesses
- Limited availability in the following areas …
- Mediation in Superior Court
- Medicaid Planning and Crisis Response
- Veteran’s Benefits (A&A and SCD)
Planning for Your Future
In 2010, I established a compassionate Elder Law and Estate Planning practice, which is focused on planning. My goal is to help you get to a place where you are comfortable with preparation for life’s transitions. This covers four main areas, including Estate Planning and the related wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, Special Needs Trusts for elders and children, Kids protection for younger families, and to a limited extent, Veteran’s benefits, and Medicaid planning. In 2015, I was selected as a Top Attorney in NC for Who’s Who and have been in that publication since then. In late 2016 I was selected as a finalist for Entrepreneurial Attorney of the Year by Richard James. I didn’t win, but it was quite an honor!
Not everyone can afford reasonable legal representation, so when appropriate, I offer time and expertise to various programs, including the NC Bar Association Foundation, Legal Aid of North Carolina, the UNC Pro Bono Cancer Clinic, and other organizations. My other service time includes the Durham Downtown Rotary Club and the Gideons. I am the president of the North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators, and Treasurer of two small non-profits.
Church matters are important too and so I spend time participating in and leading bible study groups (Bible Study Fellowships a wonderful organization!). I also enjoy sailing, photography, traveling, and, of course, friends and family! Last year I took up golf, and would love to take an afternoon off to talk business during nine. This year, my wife and I will have been married for 42 years, and we have three grown children and two grandchildren.