2020 Legal Elite | Real estate
Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP | Raleigh
Americana and Bluegrass
43; born in Wilson; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill; married to wife, Heather, for 18 years, with sons, Banks and Baker, and yellow Lab, Tucker.
Why he chose to specialize in this field
I enjoy the dealmaking, negotiation and coordination involved in commercial real estate transactions. It’s a collaborative practice, and both sides are usually happy when a deal closes. I get excited to see the tangible results of a deal come out of the ground, and I get a kick of knowing what restaurants and retailers are coming soon.
What he’d be if not a lawyer
A struggling writer or restaurateur.
Best advice received
My dad and I had a motto when I was growing up: “Do your best, and try real hard, and everything will be all right.” It holds up.
Bald Head Island. Bald Head was our family vacation spot when I was young, my wife and I got engaged at the top of Old Baldy, and I’ve spent countless hours exploring the island with my sons. It’s a great place for escape and relaxation.
Reynolds Price’s The Collected Stories. I was introduced to Reynolds Price at Governor’s School of North Carolina in 1993, when he captivated an auditorium of teenagers on a summer Friday night by reading Michael Egerton from this collection. The characters he created were real and relatable. I treasure my autographed copy and still pull it off the shelf.
Same as 40 years ago, I still get excited to watch any Star Wars movie. It’s been a lot of fun seeing the recent movies with my sons.
My sons’ interests are my interests. We spend a lot of time together at Boy Scouts camping trips, UNC sporting events, and Little League baseball games. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, participating in F3 Raleigh workouts and fellowship, and cycling.