I am a native North Carolinian, having grown up in Raleigh. After graduation from high school, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I studied political science, history, and Spanish. I subsequently attended the University of Richmond to obtain my law degree, and since graduating in 1998, I have practiced law in Charlotte and the surrounding region. I have significant experience handling a variety of litigation matters, including Personal Injury, Workers Compensation claims, construction defect claims, and general civil litigation.
Initially, I worked as an attorney representing the interests of insurance companies and defendants in Workers’ Compensation and civil litigation matters. While I gained significant experience, I wanted to protect the interests of injured workers and individuals, as opposed to big insurance companies. So in 2003, I began my career as a plaintiff’s attorney, focusing on representing individuals injured at work, people injured as a result of the negligence of others, and homeowners dealing with defective work on their homes. I have continued to represent the interest of individuals to this day.
As a board-certified specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, I focus the majority of my practice on the representation of North Carolina workers who are seriously injured on the job. People often assume that Workers’ Compensation is simply personal injury law applied to injuries at work. That is far from the case.
Workers’ Compensation is a unique area of the law, and each state has its own specific law that applies to injuries at work. Most significantly, there are specific rules governing what types of injuries at work are covered by the law, and the remedies available to injured workers are limited. For example, although an injured worker does not have to prove they were injured as a result of their employer’s negligence, Workers’ Compensation law only provides benefits for time out of work, medical treatment, and any permanent impairment an injured worker may have. Therefore it is important for injured workers to seek the assistance of an attorney who focuses on Workers’ Compensation cases, and who knows and stays up-to-date on the latest developments and changes in the law.
I find it very satisfying to help people obtain the compensation to which they are entitled under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Often, a work injury means that an injured worker has to find a new line of work due to physical limitations, and it is very rewarding to help them as they make this transition. I am also an NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator, and I have experience mediating civil disputes as well as Workers Compensation claims.
I am a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the North Carolina Association for Justice, the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (“WILG”), the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Mecklenburg Bar County Bar. I am the former Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Workers Compensation Section, which is comprised of both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys, and I am currently on the board of WILG as well.
Outside of work, I am married and have three children, along with too many pets to list. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, watching sports, cheering for the Tar Heels, and being on or near the water whenever I can be. I also confess to enjoying video games, even though my skill and reflexes are not what they used to be.
J.D., University of Richmond, 1998