Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Defense of Medical Board Complaints
  • Defense Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • Will Caveat Defense

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating “AV” for 27 consecutive years
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2007-2017
  • North Carolina Legal Elite-Litigation, 2006-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Defense for the Greensboro (including Winston-Salem) area, 2013
  • Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 2012 (the highest honor given by that association)


  • Wake Forest University (B.A., 1968; J.D., cum laude, 1974)
  • Member, Board of Editors, Wake Forest Law Review, 1973-1974
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Hiram H. Ward, U.S. District Judge, Middle District of North Carolina, 1974-1976


  • Forsyth County, 21st Judicial District and North Carolina Bar Associations
  • North Carolina State Bar (21st Judicial District Councilor, 1995-2001
  • Chair, North Carolina Bar Association Bench Bar Liaison Committee (2006-2008)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Member, Board of Directors, 1991-2001; Secretary-Treasurer, 1992-1994; Secretary, 1995-1997; Executive Vice President, 1997-1998; President-Elect, 1998-1999; President, 1999-2000)
  • Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2001-present)
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member)

Pro Bono/Public Service/Civic Activities

  • Hospice and Palliative CareCenter (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

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1974
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina

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