Born and raised in Wilmington, J.D. returned to the Port City to join the civil litigation team at Cranfill Sumner after graduating law school at Washington and Lee University. As a member of the civil litigation practice group, he primarily works with local contractors and community association groups to resolve construction-related disputes.

During law school, J.D. served as a summer clerk for a Charlotte firm, where he assisted the firm’s litigation attorneys in construction and employment matters. He interned at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where he drafted bench briefs and conducted extensive legal research for civil and criminal cases on appeal for the Honorable April C. Wood. He also spent a semester working for Blue Ridge Legal Services, where he helped attorneys serve indigent clients in civil matters ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to estate planning. At Washington and Lee, he finished as a quarterfinalist in the school’s mock trial and negotiation competitions.

Prior to law school, J.D. worked as office staff for two civil litigation firms in Wilmington, where he gained a better understanding of the local legal community’s culture and customs.

In his spare time, J.D. enjoys surfing, golfing, reading, spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their two dogs, Duck and Rex.


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