All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person that was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that's why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through—and I'm here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.
I love the courtroom. I thoroughly enjoy telling my clients' stories to a judge or a jury, whatever the case may be. That's why I have focused on Criminal Defense and Family Law. In addition, I handle expungments (the process of clearing a criminal record) in all 100 counties in North Carolina. Having an in-depth understanding of the most current expungement laws gives me an advantage in defending criminal charges, because not only do I fight for the best possible outcome in your case, but I am also continually conscious of the long term effects that a criminal charge or conviction can have on a person's life. As such, I will do whatever I can to insure that my clients will not end up with a criminal record.
I was born in New London, Connecticut, but spent the first few years of my life in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 2001. Upon graduating from high school, I attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where I majored in Accounting. Eager to finish school, I began law school the day of my graduation from GWU, and completed my law degree in two years.
I am blessed with a wonderful wife, Gabrielle Valentine, who is an attorney at Farmer & Morris, PLLC, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy helping with the youth group in my church, playing basketball and softball in our local church leagues, serving in the prison ministry, and spending time with my family.
- Charlotte School of Law
- J.D., Magna Cum Laude
- Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review
- Certification and Concentration in Employment Law
- Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
- Order of the Crown
- Pro Bono Honors
- CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process and Contracts
- Full Scholarship
- Gardner-Webb University
- B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude
- Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA
- Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society
- North Carolina State Bar
- South Carolina State Bar
- United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina