Education: Wake Forest University, B.A., 1968; J.D., Cum Laude, 1974 (Board of Editors, Wake Forest Law Review).
Military: U. S. Navy (Active Duty 1968-71, Reserve, 1971-1972).
Admitted to Practice: September 1974, before all North Carolina State and Federal Courts; also admitted before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Judicial Clerkship: Honorable Hiram H. Ward, United States District Court Judge, Middle District of North Carolina, 1974-1976.
Areas of Practice: Medical Malpractice Defense; Defense of Physicians Before North Carolina Medical Board; General Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Products Liability Defense; Insurance Defense; Employment Law Defense, Commercial Litigation; Superfund Litigation, and Complex and Multi-District Litigation.
Professional Organizations: Forsyth County Bar Association; North Carolina Bar Association (Chair, Bench Bar Liaison Committee, 2006-2008); Defense Research Institute (North Carolina State Representative, 2002-2004); North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Board of Directors, 1991-2001, Secretary-Treasurer 1992-1994, Secretary 1995-1997, Exec. Vice President, 1997-1998, President-Elect, 1998-1999, President, 1999-2000); North Carolina State Bar, Councilor for 21st Judicial District (Forsyth County), 1995-2001; Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member; Joseph Branch Inn of Court, 2001-Present.
Professional Recognition: Martindale Hubbell Rating “AV” for 27 consecutive years; Selected for Best lawyers in America, 2001-2014; North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2007-2014; Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Defense for the Greensboro (including Winston-Salem) area, 2013; The J. Robert Elster Award for Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity, and Civility in service to clients, the Bar, and community, presented by the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 2012 (highest honor given by the NCADA).
Pro Bono/Public Service/Civic Activities: Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Winston-Salem (Board of Directors 1992-1993; Vice Chair, Board of Directors 1994; Chair, Board of Directors 1995-1996; Executive Committee of Board of Directors, 1997-2005, 2007-present; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2009-2010; Chair, Board of Directors, 2011-2012]; Past Chair, Board of Directors, 2013-2014); Arbor Acres (Board of Directors 2007 to 2011; Chair, Building and Grounds Committee, 2008 to 2011; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, 2010-2011); Centenary United Methodist Church (Board of Trustees 1993-1994; Chair, Board of Trustees, 1995-1998); Rotary Club of Winston-Salem.
North Carollina Certified Mediator — North Carolina Certified Mediator