Recently, my parents cleaned out their attic and discovered a certificate I was awarded at my eighth-grade commencement: Most Likely to Ask a Question. While I’m fairly certain my teachers at Davidson I.B. Middle School gave me that superlative as a tongue-in-cheek dig at my precociousness, it is true that I have always been inquisitive. I remember sheepishly accepting my award, quietly ashamed at being recognized for something so silly; but later in life, I learned not to be embarrassed by asking questions. As Albert Einstein wrote, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” As it turns out, asking questions is an important attribute for an attorney, particularly an attorney dedicated to family law.
When we meet, I understand that we will be discussing the most important relationships in your life – perhaps it is the beginning of a new relationship with a spouse or child, or perhaps a relationship is changing, as is the case during a separation, divorce, or some other life event. It is important that we discuss all the questions and are frank with the answers – I want to learn about you, your family, your concerns, your goals, and your objectives; and I expect you will have quite a few questions for me, too. I am a zealous advocate and a determined litigator. Although no attorney can guarantee a particular result, I can assure you that I will professionally, compassionately, and tirelessly work with you from the beginning of your case to its resolution. I will ask plenty of questions along the way, and I will ensure that your questions are fully and completely answered so that you are able to act with confidence throughout the entire process.
As what I call a near-native of northern Mecklenburg County (my family moved to Huntersville when I was seven years old), I grew up spending time on Lake Norman. I graduated from North Mecklenburg High School, then attended North Carolina State University for my undergraduate degree, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for law school. I volunteered for the UNC divorce clinic, was vice-president of the American Constitution Society, and completed over 100 hours of pro bono work for families in need. After receiving my Juris Doctor, Lake Norman called me back home. I have been practicing law in Charlotte, Huntersville and the surrounding areas since 2011. Initially, I practiced criminal law at the state level in Charlotte and federally in the Western District of North Carolina as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. My background in criminal and white-collar defense gave me the keen ability to analyze large and complex fact patterns while appropriately and compassionately guiding my clients through the court system. Although my experience as a criminal defense attorney taught me a great deal about the legal system, I chose to transition into the field of domestic law (family law) due to my interest in advocating for the best interests of families and children. I now exclusively practice family law, including assisting clients with divorce, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, child custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution matters.
I live in Huntersville with my 175-pound Newfoundland dog, Maximus, and my Sheepadoodle, Ruthie. In 2018, Maximus and I successfully completed a 16-week training course in order to be certified as a therapy team. Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and support to people in all sorts of situations; however, Maximus and I are specifically trained to encourage new readers at elementary schools and visit with residents in assisted living facilities. When I am not with my dogs and not practicing law, I enjoy cheering for the N.C. State Wolfpack and the Carolina Panthers, spending time with my family, working on my latest art project, and traveling both domestically and abroad.
I look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to guide you through the legal system and, of course, asking and answering questions as we go.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, JD
- North Carolina State University
- North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Honors and Assoications
- Member, North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2019 – 2020)
- Legal Elite Young Guns (2018)
- Advisory Council Member, Catalyst Academy
- Judge, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District DECA Competition