2019 Legal Elite | Litigation
Williams Mullen | Raleigh
58; born in Raleigh; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill; married with a son and two dogs named Cooper and Lucy.
Why she chose to specialize in this field
I gravitated toward litigation courses and made the moot court team in law school. When I was offered a spot in litigation in the litigation section of Maupin Taylor (now Williams Mullen) after clerking on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, I was thrilled.
Most memorable case
I had to travel to Maui for expert depositions but learned shortly before the return that my mother-in-law was dying of cancer. She died on the first day of trial. The judge kept me in limbo for two days as to whether he would recess the trial to allow me to participate in her funeral. Grace under pressure and fire is what you pray for in times like these.
What she’d be if not a lawyer
Executive director for a private foundation raising and giving away money to great causes.
Best advice received
My former mentor and law partner John Williamson always preached and demonstrated ethics and professionalism. I have always strived to follow
Beaches in general — Atlantic Beach and Caribbean Island beaches in particular. When I am on or by the sea, my spirits lift almost instantly.
My family, travel and reading good fiction. I especially enjoy books by women authors.
When she was 16…
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show probably, although I have never been much of a TV watcher.
Lou Rawls and Teddy Pendergrass.
Cheerleading, driving, being with friends.