2019 Legal Elite | Appellate
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP | Raleigh*
*will be sworn in as an N.C. Court of Appeals judge on Jan. 1.
43; born in Basingstoke, England; bachelor’s from American University and law degree from Campbell University; married (his wife, Kristin, is also a Legal Elite winner, Page 58) with three daughters and a yellow Lab named Tadley.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
I am drawn to the ability to dive into diverse types of cases and complex issues of law, to have to think on your feet in oral arguments, and to craft compelling written narratives and arguments.
Most memorable case
I have been fortunate to have an extensive and successful appellate practice. My cases have ranged from multimillion-dollar lawsuits to helping an indigent parent fight for her parental rights as she fought to overcome addictions.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
Best advice received
My mentor, Judge Eddie Greene, always reminds me that as appellate lawyers, our goal is “to take the complex and make it simple.”
Monterey, Calif. It has always been a great escape for us. We love walking along the rocky coastline enjoying its natural beauty.
North Carolina politics.
When he was 16…
The Belgariad series by David Eddings.
Too many favorites to choose: U2, Nirvana, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Boyz II Men, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.
Cross-country running and theater.