About Me

IMPORTANT! My Durham office will be closed for relocation from March 1 until June 1, when it will reopen in a new space in downtown Durham. As always, please continue to direct all mail to my Orange County office and official mailing address: 205 Lloyd St., Suite 209, Carrboro, NC 27510. Please do not send mail to my former Durham address at 307 W. Main St., as it will be returned. Thanks.

I work with small businesses and individuals. If you own a business, I want to help you build it. If you are an individual, I want to work with you to address your legal issues efficiently and effectively.

My business clients include:

  • Startups and small businesses (technology, entertainment, retail, food, and more)
  • Social entrepreneurs

My individual clients include:

  • People involved in disputes with current or former employers
  • People who have been wrongly denied wages or benefits
  • People who have been wrongly denied unemployment benefits
  • People involved in disputes with insurance companies

Background

I grew up in Virginia. I have also lived in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. Before attending law school, I worked at a dot-com company and in the publishing industry.

I first came to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I liked it so much that, a few detours notwithstanding, I decided to stay. I graduated from Duke Law School, where I served as an editor on the Duke Law and Technology Review and the Alaska Law Review. I am often asked which team I root for (answer: Carolina).

I currently live outside of Chapel Hill and am proud to work in downtown Durham.

Experience

I began my legal career as a litigator for a large law firm in Washington, DC, where I represented both corporate and non-profit clients in high-dollar litigation in state and federal courts.

Education

JD, Duke Law School; MFA, New York University; BA, honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bar Membership

State bars of North Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia; United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Volunteer Activities

I represent clients on a pro bono basis through the North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program ("NC LEAP").

I have also served as a volunteer attorney for the North Carolina Department of Justice and for Legal Aid of North Carolina, where I assisted low-income individuals with consumer and employment matters.

Classes and Speaking Engagements

  • "Choosing Your Business Entity," Central Carolina Community College Continuing Education, February 2012.
  • "Ask a Small Business Lawyer," Wake Tech Community College (Cary campus), August 2011.
  • "Ask a Small Business Lawyer," Wake Tech Community College (Raleigh campus), March 2011.
  • “Entrepreneurial Law,” Duke Law Government and Public Service Career Symposium, Duke Law School, Durham, NC, March 2011.
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