I chose a career in criminal defense because I wanted to be in court. After serving as a prosecutor for roughly three years following law school, I moved to the defense side. Today, I am always in court, trying cases, at least three days every week. I’ve tried hundreds of cases. At this point in my career (I’ve been a lawyer since 2003), I can say I am confident in my abilities.
At the end of the day, I became a lawyer because I like the challenge and the problem solving. I am always working on unique challenges. Not only does the job of a criminal defense lawyer pose interesting challenges, but it is also very meaningful – the work I do directly impacts my clients’ day-to-day lives and their futures.
Admission Dates & Jurisdictions
- North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina (Juris Doctor)
- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (B.A., Major: Engineering)
- Wake County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, January 3, 2006 – November 30, 2007
- Johnston County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, August 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005
- New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney, December 3, 2003 – July 31, 2005
Honors & Awards
- “A+” Rating with the Better Business Bureau
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers)
- 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating
- Client Distinction Award 2013, 2014, 2015
- Lead Counsel Rating in 2015
- Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2013, 2014, 2015
- Nation’s Top One Percent (National Association of Distinguished Counsel)
For more information on the criteria for selection, click here.
- Not Guilty verdict on a charge of first-degree murder involving the client’s alleged role in a drive-by shooting.
- Three years of probation (the client faced up to 10 years in prison) on federal charges involving trafficking in counterfeit goods.
- 10 out of 11 counts dismissed in federal case involving receipt and possession of child pornography.
- Dismissal of a DWI after a man ignored a checkpoint and blew a .15 after arrest.
- Misdemeanor probation for a man facing up to 25 years in prison for First Degree Statutory Sex Offense.
- Dismissal of statutory sex offense charge for a man facing over 30 years in prison after being accused by his 6-year-old daughter of forcing her to perform a sex act.
- Dismissal of drug trafficking charges after challenge of initial stop for woman facing 7 years in prison for cocaine offenses.
- Reduction from felony to misdemeanor charge with only probation for allegedly possessing a gun during a robbery.
- Reduction to five years in prison for man facing 14-16 for drug trafficking in cocaine.