- University of North Dakota , J.D., graduated 1985
- University of North Dakota, BA (English, history), graduated 1982
- North Dakota, (1985-1992)
- North Carolina, (1992-present)
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit)
- United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
- U.S. District Court (ND)
- U.S. District Court (EDNC, MDNC, WDNC)
- N.D. Supreme Court
- N.C. Supreme Court
- National Employment Law Association - member
- N.C. Bar Association - former chair, Labor & Employment Law Section
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice - former chair, Employment Law Section
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Litigation - Labor and Employment
- NCAJ "Ebbie" Award
- United States District Court
Tell us a little bit about your practice and what makes it unique.
- We are a small firm, and intentionally maintain a small caseload so that we can devote our full attention to our clients' needs. We are frank about the likelihood of success and costs of litigation, and believe that litigation -- while sometimes necessary -- should be a last resort in most cases.
What is most challenging about your area(s) of expertise?
- Employment law cases are typically not "big money" cases with clients of means, so we often have to balance the quest for justice and the client's desires, against keeping our fees and costs at a minimum.
Were there any particular inspirations (people or events) that spurred your interest in your practice area(s)?
- The short answer is that my pre-10th grade skills assessment said that I could never be a bricklayer or a baker, but would make a terrific lawyer. The real answer is that I have always had a keen sense of what was fair (or not), as well as an interest in civil rights and constitutional rights. This drove me to go to law school, and then as a federal law clerk I asked for, and was assigned, responsibility for most of the employment-related cases that came before the court (Title VII, FLSA, 1983, Social Security appeals). Since then, "employment law" has developed into a recognized area of practice, and thirty-plus years after law school graduation, I still find it a fascinating and intellectually challenging area, as well as one where a lawyer can "do good" for a client at a very fundamental level.
What other interests do you have?
- Reading, knitting, being a source of amusement to my grandchildren.