I have more than 20 years as a courtroom attorney and have had extensive involvement with sophisticated financial structures. I am admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits. I actually won summary judgment in my only patent infringement case.
In my years as a courtroom attorney, I:
- Helped a major financial institution get repaid in full and avoid litigation in a securitized private label credit card program
- Helped a closely-held company retain its ownership by proving that an “investment” by a debtor was fraudulent
- Helped a client avoid liability for a $120MM loan that the noteholder had tried to convert to a full-recourse obligation
- Obtained a ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that reversed the lower courts with respect to the dischargeability of a debt
- Negotiated the modification of insiders’ guaranty obligations and the retention of ownership of a company in a Chapter 11 case
- Following a fraud investigation, had a creditor’s Chapter 11 plan confirmed that transferred all of the debtors’ assets, and assets that had been fraudulently transferred from the debtors, to my client
- Settled a case, in favor of a mortgage lender, that required the tenant to pay in respect of the borrower’s obligations
In addition to working hard for my traditional clients, I dedicate substantial time helping people and nonprofit companies which cannot afford traditional legal representation. Law is more than a job; it is a profession.
Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1991
University of Tennessee, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
Lieutenant, United States Navy, 1983 through 1988
USS LAPON SSN 661, 1984 through 1987