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Our Attorneys

David W. Hood

Partnership Chair

dhood@phd-law.com

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Overview

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Collections
  • Mediation
David W. Hood, Partnership Chair of the Firm, is a trial attorney in a wide-ranging civil practice with over 200 jury trials to his credit. His concentrations include Business Disputes, Construction Law, Personal Injury and Collections. He is also a certified mediator, helping to settle cases pending in both state and federal court. He recently finished his term as President of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, the organization for lawyers representing business interests in civil litigation. Mr. Hood has spoken to lawyers and industry groups on such topics as evidence rules, contractor liens on real estate and contract funds, underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, litigation ethics, and real estate claims. He has also written for legal and industry publications on various subjects including trial tactics, use of local rules in litigation, and contribution claims among defendants. Mr. Hood and his wife, Sandi, reside in Hickory. Sandi, an ordained minister, is Director of Community Relations for Catawba Valley Regional Hospice, now called Carolina Caring. Their son, Wilson, is a divinity school graduate working as a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston while their daughter, Callie, is pursuing her PhD in Astronomy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. 1988
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – J.D. 1991 with honors

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Recipient of American Jurisprudence Awards for Top Grade in the class, in the subjects of Torts, Business Associations, Constitutional Law, Probate, Criminal Procedure, Income Taxation and Trial Advocacy
  • Staff member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation
  • Associate Justice of the Holderness Moot Court Bench

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS/APPEARANCES

  • North Carolina State Courts – Trial Courts, Business Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Cherokee Tribal Court
  • North Carolina Federal Courts – Western, Middle and Eastern Districts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Western NC Chapter
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Litigation and Construction Sections
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys – Past President, Past General Liability Practice Group chair, Past Board Member
  • Catawba County Bar Association and Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association (Past President of each)
  • Defense Research Institute

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Certified Mediator practicing in both State and Federal Courts
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer – 2013-2019
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America – 2015

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Counsel to Catawba County Board of Commissioners
  • Member of UNC Law Alumni Board
  • Past Chair of the Catawba County Board of Elections
  • North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission
  • Past President of the Church Council for Peace United Church of Christ
  • Current President of the Green Room Community Theatre Board of Directors
  • Featured performer with Green Room Community Theatre and Hickory Community Theatre (Best Actor 2006 and Best Supporting Actor 2011)
  • Former Member, Coordinating Council of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina
  • Member of Lake Hickory Rotary Club
  • Past President 25th Judicial District Bar
  • Past President of the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry
  • Past Chairman of Viewmont Baptist Church Board of Deacons
  • Past Member of the Catawba County Board of Adjustment
  • Past President of the Catawba County Republican Men’s Forum
  • Past Chairman of the Leadership Catawba Committee through the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
  • Served several years as emcee of the Mrs. North Carolina Pageant

Opinions

  • Catawba County ex rel Rackley v. Loggins, N.C. | September 29, 2017 | 152PA16 (Child Support)
  • Stein v. Asheville City Bd. Of Educ., N.C. | March 03, 2006 | 360 N.C. 321 (Governmental Liability)
  • Hickory Orthopaedic v. Nicks, N.C.App. | September 05, 2006 | 179 N.C.App. 281 (Contract)
  • Bowen v. ABF, N.C.App. | September 05, 2006 | 179 N.C.App. 323 (Workers Compensation)
  • Caldwell v. Smith, N.C.App. | May 04, 2010 | 203 N.C.App. 725 (Commercial)
  • Hollifield v. City of Hickory, N.C.App. | February 04, 2003 | 156 N.C.App. 217 (Governmental Liability)
  • Barringer v. Hoffman, N.C.App. | January 18, 2005 | 168 N.C.App. 239 (Real Property)
  • Mathis v. Dowling, N.C.App. | November 05, 2013 | 749 S.E.2d 284 (Malicious Prosecution)
  • Gagne v. Best Advantage Marketing, N.C.App. | October 18, 2005 | 173 N.C.App. 756 (Trade Secrets)

Publications


Kimberly H. Whitley

Managing Partner

kwhitley@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Elder & Special Needs Law
Kimberly H. Whitley, Managing Partner of the Firm, concentrates her practice in Business and Corporate Law, Estate Planning and Administration, and Elder and Special Needs Law. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She received her undergraduate degree (B.A., 1990) with Honors and Distinction and law degree (J.D., 1993) with High Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, Kim was a John M. Morehead Scholar, National Merit Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa member. During law school, she was a Staff Member of the North Carolina Law Review from 1991 – 1992 and Notes and Comments Editor from 1992 – 1993. Ms. Whitley was also a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school she was a law clerk to The Honorable Judge Clyde H. Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In 2009, Ms. Whitley was appointed by the Catawba County Commissioners to serve on the Aging Leadership Planning Team which works to enhance Catawba County as a liveable senior friendly community. Ms. Whitley and her husband, David, live in Hickory with their son, Colson.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. – 1990 – With Honors and Distinction
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – J.D. – 1993 – With High Honors

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • John M. Morehead Scholar
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Staff Member of the North Carolina Law Review 1991 – 1992 and Notes and Comments Editor 1992 – 1993
  • Member of the Order of the Coif
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Clyde H. Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Catawba County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Member of Estate Planning Section and Elder Law Section
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Senior Information Resources, Inc.

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Recipient of the Lawyer’s Weekly 2014 Women of Justice Business Practitioner Award
  • Young Lawyers’ Division Judicial District Representative of the Year 2001 – 2002

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Treasurer of the local chapter of the American Field Service
  • Legal Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Hickory Community Theatre
  • Of Counsel for the Catawba Medical Foundation
  • Board of Directors - Hickory Museum of Art
  • Appointed by the Catawba County Commissioners to serve on the Aging Leadership Planning Team – 2009
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Served as Co-chair and Former member of Elder Law Section Council
  • Past Secretary-Treasurer of the 25th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Served on Board of the Catawba Valley Community Foundation
  • Served on Board of Trustees of the Catawba County Historical Association
  • Served on Board of Directors of the YMCA of Catawba County
  • Served as Vice-president of Adult Life Programs
  • Served on Board of Directors of Partners Behavioral Health Management
  • Served on Planned Giving Council of Lenoir-Rhyne University

Opinions

  • Godfrey v. Res-Care, Inc. N.C.App. | July 06, 2004 | 165 N.C.App. 68
  • Godfrey v. Res-Care, Inc. N.C. | October 06, 2004 | 359 N.C. 67

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Eloise D. Bradshaw

Partner

ebradshaw@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Real Estate Law
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Government Regulation
Eloise D. Bradshaw, a partner of the Firm, focuses her practice in the areas of Real Property Law and Business and Corporate Law. She received her undergraduate degree (A.B. 1977) and law degree (J.D., with Honors, 1980) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Bradshaw was a Phi Beta Kappa member. During law school, she was a member of the Order of the Coif and a staff member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Review from 1978-1980. After law school, Ms. Bradshaw was a law clerk for The Honorable Judge J. Phil Carlton of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1980-1982. The Union County, NC, native is a member of the Catawba County, North Carolina, and American Bar Associations. Ms. Bradshaw is a past president of the Catawba County Bar Association and has served on the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the North Carolina State Bar. Ellie has also served on the Council of the Business Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. In the community, Ms. Bradshaw has been active in the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors, and currently serves as the chair of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation.

Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – A.B. 1977
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – J.D. with honors 1980

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Order of the Coif
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Law Review

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Catawba County Bar Association
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina

Recognition/Community

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Chair of Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
  • Catawba County Community of 100
  • Innovate Catawba Initiative
  • Past Chair of the Real Property Section, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past president of the Catawba County Bar Association
  • Past president of the 25th Judicial District Bar
  • Past member of the Board of Continuing Legal Education, North Carolina
  • Past member of the Council of the Business Law Section, North Carolina

Michael J. Barnett

Partner

mbarnett@phd-law.com

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Overview

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Business/Commercial Litigation
  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Will Caveats
  • Incompetency Proceedings
  • Guardianship Disputes
  • Equitable Distribution Cases
  • Prenuptial and Separation Agreements
  • Construction Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Collections
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Bankruptcy — Creditors’ Rights
Michael J. Barnett is a partner with the Firm. He represents corporations and individuals, plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of litigation matters in the areas of Business/Commercial Litigation, Estate and Trust Proceedings, Will Caveats, Incompetency and Guardianship Proceedings, Family Law, Real Estate and Construction Litigation, Collections, Plaintiff's Personal Injury, and Bankruptcy-Creditors' Rights. Mike has represented clients throughout the state in more than 20 trials, at arbitration proceedings and at the North Carolina Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Business Court. He was named one of North Carolina’s Rising Stars for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the state’s Super Lawyers publication. Mike and his wife, Agnese, live in Hickory with their daughters, Nicole and Isabel.

Education

  • State University of NY Albany – B.A. 1998, Summa cum laude
  • Oxford University, New College, Spring Semester 1998
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – J.D. 2002, with honors

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Symposium Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2001-2002
  • Recipient of the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Appellate Advocacy
  • Member Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS/APPEARANCES

  • North Carolina State Courts – Trial Courts, Business Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Federal Court – Western, Eastern, Middle Districts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Catawba County Bar
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • NC Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Business Litigation, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Board of Directors - Carolina Broadway Theatre Company, 2019-Present
  • Youth Basketball Coach
  • Board of Directors - Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, 2012-2018
  • President Catawba County Bar Association – 2011
  • President 25th Judicial District Bar Association - 2012

Opinions

  • Barringer v. Hoffman, 168 N.C. App. 239 (2005)
  • Commscope Credit Union v. Butler of Burke, LLP, 764 S.E. 2d 642 (2014)
  • McMillan v. Unique Places, LLC, 2015 NCBC4 (2015)
  • Neill Grading & Construction Co., Inc. v. Lingafelt, 168 NC App 36 (2005)
  • Sanford v. Williams, 727 S.E. 2d 362 (2012)
  • Southern Furniture Company of Conover, Inc. v. Anderson, 198 N.C. App. 703 (2009)
  • Stein v. Asheville City Board of Education, 360 NC 321 (2006)
  • Camacho v. McCallum, 2016 NCBC 79
  • Associated Hardwoods, Inc. v. Lail 2018 NCBC 79 (2018)

Publications


Michael P. Thomas

Partner

mthomas@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Health Care Law
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Real Property
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Mediations
Michael P. Thomas, Partner of the Firm, focuses his practice on advising and representing clients on complex business issues, especially in dealing with the regulatory environments created by the federal government. In litigation, Mr. Thomas has represented clients at hearings, trials, and appeals across the state and around the country. Away from court, he has advised clients on their most sensitive matters, whether selling an entire business, negotiating executive contracts, restructuring significant divisions, or acquiring new assets. Mr. Thomas represents health care providers in all aspects of their business, including contracting with vendors and other providers, financing, acquisitions, Stark and Anti-Kickback compliance, employment law and contracting, HIPAA compliance, and real estate matters. Mr. Thomas spends a significant part of his practice advising employers with regard to employment law matters, and representing both employers and employees in employment litigation, including trade secrets and non-compete claims and claims based on civil rights laws. In addition, Mr. Thomas is a certified NC Superior Court Mediator. Mr. Thomas and his wife, Laura reside in Hickory with their four sons.

Education

  • Princeton University – B.A. 1998
  • Washington and Lee University – J.D. 2001

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS/APPEARANCES

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Fourth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • North Carolina Federal Courts – Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Courts – Trial Courts, Business Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Georgia (Inactive)
  • North Carolina Certified Superior Court Mediator

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Board Member
    • Past President, Employment Law Section
    • Past President, Young Lawyers Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Former Member, Section Council, Anti-Trust and Trade Regulation Section
  • Catawba County Bar Association
    • Past President
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
    • Past President
  • Federal Bar Association

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Lacy H. Thornburg, W.D.N.C.
  • Past President, Catawba County Bar Association
  • Past President, 25th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Bar representative, Catawba County Courthouse Expansion Project Committee
  • Member of SHRM – Society for Human Resource Management; Past Secretary of Catawba Valley Chapter
  • Pro Se Settlement Assistance Program, United States District Court for the Western District North Carolina.
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Past Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group
    • Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Appointed by Hickory Mayor Rudy Wright to serve on the Bond Implementation Commission
    • Serves as Vice-Chair of the CityWalk Subcommittee
  • Counsel to the Board of Trustees of Catawba Valley Medical Center
  • President, SALT Block Foundation, Inc.
  • Past President, United Arts Council of Catawba County
  • Member, Hickory Rotary Club
  • Past Congregation Council President, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Graduate of Leadership Catawba (2004-05) and Past Planning Committee Member

Opinions

  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Myers Supply, Inc. C.A.8 (Ark.) | September 15, 2010 | 621 F.3d 771
  • Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP v. Four-U-Packaging, Inc. C.A.6 (Ohio) | December 13, 2012 | 701 F.3d 1093
  • Hickory Orthopaedic Center, P.A. v. Nicks N.C.App. | September 05, 2006 | 179 N.C.App. 281
  • D.E.F. of Hickory, LLC v. Honeycutt N.C.App. | February 17, 2009 |195 N.C.App. 459
  • Carter v. McCreary Modern, Inc. C.A.4 (N.C.) |March 07, 2012 | 468 Fed.Appx. 219
  • Peters v. Norwalk Furniture Corp. N.C.App.| September 07, 2010 | 205 N.C.App. 762
  • Gagne v. Best Advantage Marketing Group, Inc. N.C.App. | October 18, 2005 | 173 N.C.App. 756

Publications


Casey W. Pope

Partner

cpope@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Elder & Special Needs Law
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Real Estate
Casey W. Pope, a Partner of the Firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning and Administration, Elder and Special Needs Law, Business and Corporate Law, and Real Estate. Ms. Pope graduated Valedictorian of her undergraduate class at North Carolina State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2005) and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D. with Honors, 2009). Ms. Pope is a 2014 recipient of the Hickory Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40 award, presented to outstanding young leaders in the Greater Hickory metro area who have demonstrated notable leadership qualities within their organizations and throughout the community. In the legal profession, Ms. Pope is active as a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Catawba County Bar Association. She has served at a state level on the Elder and Special Needs Law Section Council for the North Carolina Bar Association, and locally as both President and Treasurer of the Catawba County Bar Association. A graduate of Leadership Catawba, Ms. Pope is active in the community, currently serving on the Boards of Directors and Executive Committees for the Catawba Science Center and Adult Life Programs, Inc., and on the Policy Board for the Western Piedmont Council of Governments. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee of Frye Regional Medical Center and Senior Information Resources, Inc. (SIR), and a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Ms. Pope frequently presents seminars on various legal topics throughout the community, and has been a contributing author for Sophie Woman’s Magazine and Prime of Life Magazine and a guest lecturer for the Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center. A native of Caldwell County, Ms. Pope and her husband, Mitchell, live in Granite Falls with their sons, Jack and Jamey.

Education

  • North Carolina State University – B.S. in Business Management, summa cum laude, 2005
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – J.D., with honors, 2009

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Valedictorian of North Carolina State University
  • Highest Ranking Scholar in NCSU University Scholars Program
  • Member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Member of Golden Key Honor Society
  • Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • UNC School of Law Honors Writing Scholar
  • Certified Student Attorney in UNC Law Community Development Clinic

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Trusts and Estates Section
    • Real Property Section
    • Elder and Special Needs Law Section
    • Elder and Special Needs Law Section Council Member (2013-2015)
  • Catawba County Bar Association
    • President (2014) and Treasurer (2012-2013)
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Senior Information Resources, Inc. (SIR)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • Catawba County Bar Association – President (2014) and Treasurer (2012-2013)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Member of Elder and Special Needs Law Section Council (2013-2015)
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Trusts and Estates Section
    • Elder and Special Needs Law Section
    • Real Property Section
  • Member of Senior Information Resources, Inc. (SIR)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • 2014 Recipient of Hickory Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40 award
  • Catawba Science Center – President (2017-2018), Vice President (2016-2017), Secretary (2019-2020), and Board of Directors member
  • Adult Life Programs, Inc. – President (2015-2017), Vice President (2013-2015), and Board of Directors member
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments – Policy Board delegate
  • Frye Regional Medical Center – Ethics Committee member
  • PACE@Home - Board of Directors (2015-2019)
  • YMCA of Catawba Valley – Board of Directors (2011-2014) and Finance Committee (2010-2014)
  • Leadership Catawba graduate (2011)
  • Prime of Life Magazine contributing author
  • Sophie Woman’s Magazine contributing author
  • Alzheimer’s Association community educator
  • Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center guest lecturer
  • Kaufmann FastTrac New Venture Entrepreneurship Program guest lecturer

Publications


Angela D. Sherrill

Of Counsel

asherrill@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Real Estate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

Angela Sherrill’s experience spans more than 25 years across a broad spectrum of business transactions and litigation matters. Ms. Sherrill serves as Of Counsel to Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP and focuses her practice with the Firm in the areas of Business and Real Property transactions, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property, and Employment Law.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Sherrill served as General Counsel for over 7 years to home furnishings manufacturer and national retailer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Before moving back to North Carolina in 2012, Ms. Sherrill practiced law in Miami, Florida. Her prior representations include: the 2000 Presidential Election case; the Elián González matter; the leader of Movimiento Democracia against federal charges that he unlawfully entered Cuban territorial waters, which resulted in acquittal; the Chapter 7 Trustee for Southeast Banking Corporation after federal regulators seized its principal subsidiary, resulting in the largest liquidation in the Southern District of Florida at that time and triggering multidistrict litigation against the Bank’s former officers, directors, accountants, and legal counsel; as well as numerous other matters involving financial institutions, commercial transactions, and business disputes.

Ms. Sherrill is a member of The North Carolina Bar, The Florida Bar, and multiple federal courts. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was on the Dean’s List, was selected as a teaching assistant for the Honors Program, and was chosen to participate in Bear Stearns’ summer internship program in New York. She earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, where she excelled at legal writing.

Throughout her career, Ms. Sherrill has been active in civic and other organizations, among them: Association of Corporate Counsel; Leadership Committee for the Foothills Carolina Club; Habitat for Humanity; Board Member for the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU and Senior Writer for its newsletter; Co-Chair of the Democratic Lawyers Council’s voter protection efforts in Miami-Dade County during the 2006, 2008, and 2010 national elections; Big Sister for disadvantaged youth. Ms. Sherrill enjoys the true-crime genre, Carolina basketball, and is a committed Francophile and a foodie.


Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. in Political Science, 1991
  • University of Miami School of Law – J.D., 1994

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Teaching Assistant for the UNC Honors Program
    • Theories of Ethical Communication Litigation Techniques
    • Litigation Techniques
  • Selected to Serve in Bear Stearns and Co.'s Summer Internship Program

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina
  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Corporate Counsel
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Member of the Real Property Section
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association

Recognition/Community

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Leadership Committee for the Foothills Carolina Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Former Board Member for the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU
  • Co-Chair of the Democratic Lawyers Council’s voter protection efforts in Miami-Dade County during 2006, 2008, and 2010 national elections
  • Big Sister for disadvantaged youth

Colton M. Sexton

Associate

csexton@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Real Estate
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
Colton M. Sexton, Associate of the Firm, practices in the areas of Real Estate, Business and Corporate Law, and Employment Law. He is a native of Catawba County, and attended St. Stephens High School before graduating from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Mr. Sexton received his undergraduate degree (B.S. 2011) from North Carolina State University and law degree (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015) from Wake Forest University. During law school, Mr. Sexton participated in the Elder Law Clinic, the Community Law and Business Clinic, and the Micro-Trade Development Clinic. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and was a staff member of the Wake Forest Law Review from 2013-2015.

Education

  • North Carolina State University – B.S. in Economics, 2011
  • Wake Forest University – J.D., Magna cum laude, 2015

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Order of the Coif
  • I. Beverly Lake Constitutional Law Award
  • Staff Member of the Wake Forest Law Review
  • Elder Law Clinic
  • Community Law and Business Clinic
  • Micro-Trade Development Clinic
  • Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Bar Association - Real Property Section and Business Law Section
  • Catawba County Bar Association
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association

Recognition/Community

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Board of Directors - Hickory Soup Kitchen
  • Leadership Advisory Board - NETworX Catawba (Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry)
  • Advisory Board - Leadership Catawba (2017-2020)
  • Graduate of Leadership Catawba (2016-2017)
  • Member - Hickory Rotary Club

Molly Simpson Gross

Associate

mgross@phd-law.com

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PRACTICE AREAS

  • Civil Litigation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Incompetency and Guardianships
  • Trademark Law
Molly Simpson Gross, is an associate with the Firm. Her practice focuses on a wide varitey of litigation. A Charlotte native, Ms. Gross attended Appalachian State (B.S., cum laude, 2011) and University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D. 2016). During law school, Ms. Gross was a student attorney in the Intellectual Property Clinic, as well as a member of Holderness Moot Court and staff member at the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology. Ms. Gross also served on the Pro Bono Board as Attorney Projects Coordinator and on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Ms. Gross and her husband, Jonathan live in Hickory with their daughter, and their dogs, Mr President and Chief Justice.

Education

  • Appalachian State University – B.S. in Political Science, cum laude, 2011
  • University of North Carolina School of Law – Juris Doctor, 2016

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, Staff Member
  • Holderness Moot Court, International Law Team & Aycock Bench Member
  • Certified Student Attorney in UNC Law Intellectual Property Clinic
  • Member of Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society
  • Member of Order of Omega Honor Society

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina
  • North Carolina Federal Courts – Western and Middle Districts

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Catawba County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • LiveWell Catawba, Board of Directors, Vice Chair
  • Family Guidance Center, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Catawba, 2018 Graduate
  • Leadership Catawba Advisory Board Member
  • Humane Society of Catawba County, Board of Directors
  • The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Vestry Member
  • Hickory Museum of Art, Audience Engagement Committee
  • NCBA Disaster Legal Services Volunteer
  • CVCC Small Business Center - Guest Lecturer

Amanda C. Perez

Associate

aperez@phd-law.com

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Overview

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Elder and Special Needs Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Real Estate
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Social Security Disability
  • Adoptions

Amanda C. Perez is an associate with the Firm. Her practice focuses on Estate Planning and Administration, Elder and Special Needs Law, Business and Corporate Law, Real Estate, Veterans Benefits, Social Security Disability, and Adoptions.

A Lincolnton native, Ms. Perez attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Economics, 2014) and Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2018). During law school, Ms. Perez was a student attorney in the Elder Law Clinic. She received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, which is given to the student with the highest grade in a class, three times, for Taxation: Corporations and Shareholders, Taxation: Partnership, and Sales and Secured Transactions.

Ms. Perez serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry and enjoys pro bono service as a North Carolina GAL Attorney Appeals Advocate.

Ms. Perez and her husband, German, live in Hickory with their daughter, Dottie, and their Cocker Spaniel, Linus.


Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – B.A. in Economics
  • Wake Forest University School of Law – Juris Doctor, cum laude

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Certified Student Attorney – Elder Law Clinic
  • CALI Award – Taxation: Corporations and Shareholders
  • CALI Award – Taxation: Partnership
  • CALI Award – Sales and Secured Transactions

Admissions/Memberships

ADMISSIONS

  • North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Military and Veteran's Law Section
  • Catawba County Bar Association
  • Senior Information Resources, Inc
  • Thirty-Sixth Judicial District Bar Association

Recognition/Community

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Board of Directors - Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM)
  • Leadership Catawba Participant
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Women in the Profession Committee
  • Senior Information Resources, Inc. (SIR)
  • Family Builders of Catawba County Resource Parent

Opinions

  • In the Matter of I.G.C., 835 S.E.2d 432 (N.C. 2019)

Services We Offer

Estate Planning

Corporate Law

Family Law

Elder & Special Needs Law

Litigation

Real Property

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