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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Legal Elite 2023: Bankruptcy

BANKRUPTCY

MATT TOMSIC
Rayburn Cooper & Durham, Charlotte

Hometown: Wilmington

Undergraduate: UNC Chapel Hill

Law: UNC School of Law

Practiced law: 5 years

Family: Wife, Patee; Kids, Winnie and Wyatt.

Bucket list item: Attend a Liverpool F.C. match at Anfield.

Biggest risk taken: Switching careers from journalism to attend law school. I worked at newspapers in Wilmington, Danville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina. 

Covering murder trials, including a capital murder case, got me generally interested in the legal field. That interest grew when I got to Charleston and started covering civil litigation and governmental investigations/actions. But for most of those four years, I saw a legal career as something interesting that I would have done if I had a second lifetime as the saying goes. One day, with the help and encouragement of my wife, Patee, I realized it wasn’t too late for me to switch careers and start fresh.

The things I loved about journalism have translated well to a legal career, especially my goal as a reporter to fully understand whatever I was covering better than anyone else might understand it and then to effectively communicate that understanding and story to a wider audience. I was very interested in advocating directly for clients and using my legal training to help others, whether through my private practice or pro bono work.

Most used emoji: Smiley face

Last show binge-watched: “The Office”

Movie you could quote by heart: “Christmas Vacation”

Favorite winter activity: Cooking for and going to oyster roasts.

 

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