Juris Doctorate, 1987, UNC School of Law - Chapel Hill, NC

Bachelor of Arts, 1984, Davidson College - Davidson, NC


Professional History
Superior Court Judge 2017- present
Presided over hundreds of civil and criminal matters to include, on the civil side, medical malpractice cases, personal injury lawsuits, class actions, and contract disputes.  On the criminal side, I have presided over larcenies, physical and sexual assaults, robberies, drug offenses and murders. 
Wake County District Attorney, 1989 - 2016
Represented the State of NC in prosecuting those charged with criminal offenses ranging from property crimes to assaults and murders. Worked with victims of crime and assisted them in navigating the criminal justice system.


Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2008 - 2009
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of NC
Worked with local and federal investigators to identify and prosecute drug organizations operating in Eastern District of NC.  Appeared before Federal Grand Juries, US Magistrates and Federal District Court Judges representing the Government in criminal matters involving drug trafficking and drug conspiracies.


Contract Drug Prosecutor, 1990 - 1992
Administrative Office of the Courts, Wake County NC
Worked with multi-agency team of law enforcement officers to investigate and prosecute drug trafficking organizations using the Investigative Grand Jury.  I was one of only eight such prosecutors statewide. 


Associate with Yates, Fleishman, McLamb and Weyher, 1987 - 1989
Prepared legal documents in civil matters including pleading, briefs, and memoranda; Conducted depositions and responded to discovery requests.
Represented clients in motion hearings throughout the State of NC.


Professional and Community Involvement
Best Practices Committee - NC Conference of District Attorneys
Lawyers Read Program - Wake County Bar / Wake County Public Schools
Professionalism Committee Member - Wake County Bar Association
Hospitality Committee Chair - Broughton Band Boosters
Volunteer - NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Board Member - Northern Wake Fire Department
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