2019 Legal Elite | Antitrust
McGuireWoods LLP | Wilmington
47; born in Charlotte; bachelor’s from UNC Chapel Hill and law degree from Wake Forest University; married with two sons and an 11-year-old dog.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
I enjoyed economics in college, and when I had an opportunity as a young lawyer to work for my mentor, Larry Sitton, on a significant antitrust dispute, I jumped at it. These days my practice is very diverse, but I’m lucky to work on matters where the underlying subject matter is of interest to me — typically land and the environment, energy and transportation.
Most memorable case
Early in my career, our firm defended a large consumer-products manufacturer in a case brought by its competitors over shelf-space allocation in the national retail market. Not only was it fascinating learning in-depth about the client’s and its competitors’ marketing strategies, I had the opportunity to watch and learn from some of the finest lawyers in the state — both my colleagues and opposing counsel.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
Probably a lot less happy. I really enjoy practicing law and the opportunity it gives me to learn about a lot of different fields of human endeavor.
Second Meadow, Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park. The place means a lot to me because of time I spent there with my father years ago.
Raising my boys and trying to do my part to help the larger community.
When he was 16…
Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising.
Playing baseball and football, fishing, and listening to beach music.