A native of Waynesville, NC, joined our firm as an associate attorney in 2010. Richard primarily practices in the areas of Civil Litigation and Family Law, including Separation, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Property Division, Parental Rights, Adoption, Name Changes, and Juvenile Law. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Richard earned his masters degree in public administration from North Carolina State University. He received his law degree from Elon University School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude. While in law school, he was a member and the Notes and Comments Editor of the Elon Law Review and an active member of the Moot Court Team where he competed nationally and won several national awards.
Richard is very involved in the Lake Norman community. He was past President of the Board of Trustees for Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Community Foundations, Inc. and is Vice President of the Board of the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. Richard was also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Davidson and the club’s former Treasurer (2011), as well a member of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2010. He is also actively engaged with the local high school students at Lake Norman High School.
Richard was recently asked to present two Continuing Legal Education Courses on the Law of Name Changes in North Carolina and Practical Pitfalls in Termination of Parental Rights at the 22A District Bar Fall Seminar CLE on September 20, 2013.
- Civil Litigation
- Family Law
- Residential Real Estate
- Adoption / Juvenile Law
North Carolina, 2010
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2005, BA
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2007, MPA
Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2010 J.D. summa cum laude
Dispute Resolution Commission of NC- Certification as Family Financial Mediator
AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS
2020 Super Lawyers- Rising Stars Honoree
2020 Legal Elite- Family Law/Young Guns
2019 Legal Elite- Family Law/Young Guns
2018 Legal Elite- Family Law/Young Guns
2017 Legal Elite- Young Guns
2018 Normy Award Runner up
2017 Normy Award Winner
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS / PUBLICATIONS
Speaker at the North Carolina Bar Association CLE presentations entitled “Practical Pitfalls in Termination of Parental Rights” and “Law of Name Changes in North Carolina”. September 20, 2013 at the Courtyard of Statesville in Statesville, NC.
Speaker at the Mooresville Graded School District Association of Educational Office Professionals presentation entitled “Child Custody for Educators”. January 21, 2014 at Rocky River Elementary School in Mooresville, NC.
2019 Judicial District 22A CLE- Moderator
Iredell County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Dispute Resolution Commission of NC
2016 Vice President
VP Msk 2017-Present
2015 Secretary and Treasurer for Judicial District 22A Bar Association
Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Board of Trustees 2011- 2013
Community Foundations, Inc., Board of Directors
Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Board Member 2014-present
Mooresville Business Resource Group 2012-2014
Rotary Club of Davidson, Charter Member
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