ABOUT ME

I live and work in Charlotte but spend a lot of time in Valle Crucis, N.C.

 

I'm a Davidson Wildcat, class of '79, and an 1983 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, where I met my classmate and wife, Janet.  I have been practicing law for 34 years and fly fishing for 4 years. Both take a lot of practice and I'm still practicing.

 

I have two rescue dogs named Gus and Lorie, after characters in Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

I love reading, sports, travel and outdoor activities. My grandfather was a sportswriter. Maybe that is why I enjoy writing. It's in my genes.  

For 20 years, I coached Little League baseball. For 11 of those years, I served as Commissioner of Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading in Charlotte and for 10 of those years, I coached girls church league basketball. When my coaching days were over, I looked for other challenges, two of which are fly-fishing and writing.

I have two adult children who are very talented. Daughter Jordan received her Masters degree in American Studies. She teaches yoga and is a licensed massage therapist in Durham. She married Julia in Austin, Texas in November 2017 and we are glad to have Julia in the family. 

 

Son Hamlin is the outdoor adventure enthusiast. When not working at his job in Washington, D.C., he is traveling the country looking for something big to hike or climb. He and I took a father-son backpacking trip in Yosemite on his 26th birthday and I survived the challenge.

My wife Janet has many talents. She obtained her law degree but then decided to do something meaningful with her life, so she became an elementary school teacher, one of the best. She recently retired from teaching for the school system and is working part-time giving tours at the Charlotte Museum of History. In her spare time, she is an ancestry junkie, rarely missing a moment to go back in time to find her roots. We've been at this thing called marriage since 1983.

I have practiced law with four different law firms, but my office location has never changed, just the name of the firm. I am a civil litigator and trial attorney. I have been a N.C. certified mediator for more than 20 years and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association for more than 10 years. My specialties include employment law, banking and real estate litigation, tort and commercial litigation.   

I volunteer with different organizations. I am a member of the Mecklengburg Optimist Club, I do some free legal work for victims of domestic violence and I volunteer as a coach with the Seed 20 program  to help promote non-profits in the community. 

I decided to write my first work of fiction, The Christmas Heist, as a Christmas gift to my family. They probably thought I was trying to go cheap that year. But being nice, they said they liked it, which led me to publish it in 2015 with a team of talented people

 

Kind words of support led me to write the second and third books in 2016 and 2017 in what became The Christmas Courtroom Trilogy.  

I am a Board member of the Charlotte Writers' Club, serving as one of the program chairmen. I also am active in CharlotteLit and the North Carolina Writers' Network. 

In addition to writing books, I have dabbled in short stories and have been fortunate to win a few contests. In 2016, I won the North Carolina State Bar short story contest for The Deliberation and in 2017, I won the nonfiction short story contest put on by the Pamlico Writers' Club for The Cape Fear Debacle

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