J. D. With High Honors, Duke University School Of Law
A.B. Magna Cum Laude, Davidson College
Phi Beta Kappa
Charles A. Dana Scholar
Primary Undergraduate Interest: Philosophy of Language
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CURRENT AND RECENT ACTIVITIES AND HONORS
Holder of AV Martindale Hubble rating, the highest possible rating (Currently).
Chair of Wake Forest University School of Law’s Career and Professional Development Committee (Currently).
Faculty Advisor, The Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy (2014-Present).
Member of the editorial board of The Second Draft; Co-Editor-in-Chief 2014-2016 (2012-2016).
Bar Candidate Committee 18th Judicial District (2010 to Present).
Ethics Chair, NCBA Corporate Counsel Section (To June 2010).
U.N.C.G. Dana Award in Poetry finalist (2006).
I served as Vice President and General Counsel of this high-end retail grocery store chain with approximately 7,000 employees and 95 stores in 19 states as of May 2010. I was the corporation’s first in-house counsel and developed the corporation’s legal department by recruiting, hiring, training and managing all members of the department (five attorneys and additional legal support staff). I served as liaison to the corporation’s board of directors and shareholders. I oversaw all major contract negotiations including financing agreements and commercial leasing and real property agreements. I managed the corporation’s litigation and compliance and policy issues and related training. I assisted in employment dispute resolutions (including EEOC, ADA and wage and hour disputes). I helped develop, manage and defend the corporation’s intellectual property portfolio. I also oversaw the hiring, co-ordination and management of all outside counsel handling such matters.
Tuggle, Duggins & Meschan, P.A.
In the capacities of associate and then partner at this Greensboro, N.C., law firm, I acquired extensive experience in the following areas: commercial contracts, commercial leasing and real estate, other general corporate law, intellectual property law, and commercial bankruptcy law. I also assisted in commercial litigation and appellate practice.
SELECTED PRESENATIONS, DISCUSSIONS, AND PANELS
Aug. 2, 2016. Spoke on North Carolina House’s Bill 2 and North Carolina’s Voter Restriction Laws on North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things.”
Jan. 27, 2016. Spoke on “Law as Trope: Framing and Evaluating Conceptual Metaphors” at Georgia State University College of Law.
Oct. 30, 2015. Round Table Discussion Leader on Dangers and Pitfalls of Estoppel and Subordination, Nondisturbance and Attornment Agreements at the Annual Conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Oct. 23, 2015. Co-Planner, Speaker, and Panelist at Wake Forest Law Review’s 2015 Fall Symposium “Revisiting Langdell: Legal Education Reform and the Lawyer’s Craft.” Speech Topics: “Revisiting Langdell: An Introduction” and “Law as Craft: The Necessary Fusion of Legal Theory and Practice.” Panel: An Open Discussion with Roy Stuckey and Blake Morant.
Apr. 29, 2015. Panelist and Speaker, ABA Real Property Basics Program, “Reviewing and Negotiating a Commercial Lease Agreement,” Washington, D.C.
Nov. 13, 2014. Panelist and Speaker, NCBA Corporate Counsel Section, “Counsel in Crisis: The GM Ignition Switch Recall as Case Study,” Greensboro, N.C.
Oct. 24, 2014. Round Table Discussion Leader on Defaults and Remedies at the Annual Conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) in Orlando, Florida.
Oct. 17, 2014. Speaker, “Legal Ethics in a Technology-Driven World” at Retail Industry Leaders Association 2014 Conference in Charlotte, N.C.
Oct. 9, 2014. Wake Forest Faculty Development Talk on ABA 20/20 Amendments to Rules of Professional Conduct.
Oct. 19, 2013. Round Table Discussion Leader on Permissive, Exclusive and Restrictive Use Provisions in Commercial Leases at the Annual Conference of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) in San Diego, California.
Mar. 5, 2013. Co-speaker with Chris Coughlin at May 5, 2013 Contract Seminar at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Oct. 2012. Co-planner (with Prof. Tanya Marsh) of NCBA October 2012 Advanced Real Property CLE, Cary, N.C.
Oct. 26, 2011. Panelist and Speaker (“Career Paths in Employment Law: In-House and Outside Counsel” at Wake Forest University School of Law).
Feb. 15, 2011. Colloquium Panelist and Speaker (“Preparing Law Students for Evolving Client Relationships” hosted by the Journal of Law and Policy at Wake Forest University School of Law).Download full C.V.