Litigation representation for
professionals, businesses, and individuals
throughout the Southeast.

Rick Sharpless

Frederick “Rick” Sharpless - Partner

Frederick “Rick” Sharpless brings decades of experience to complex, high-stakes litigation and disputes. Rick has been involved in more than 60 trials, and a number of arbitrations, as the lead attorney, including cases involving major construction defects, serious personal injury, investment and securities fraud, and professional liability. He has decades of experience with financial accounting...

Brenda McClearn

Brenda S. McClearn - Partner

Since 1994, Brenda McClearn has skillfully defended professionals and businesses in state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings before licensing boards.  She focuses on complex and catastrophic cases with thoughtful expertise and a sophisticated approach to dispute resolution. Brenda’s defense of healthcare professionals involves decades of extensive trials throughout the state of...

Gene Lester

Eugene E. Lester III - Partner

Gene is an experienced litigator who focuses on helping people and companies resolve disputes. He has handled jury trials in state and federal courts, and appeals in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gene’s practice includes domestic law, commercial litigation, professional liability, employment, workers’ compensation, personal injury and wrongful...

Pamela S. Duffy - Partner

Pamela Duffy is an energetic attorney with more than 25 years of litigation experience who focuses on commercial and estate disputes. In addition to representing her clients in litigation, she is committed to finding practical and creative resolutions when possible. She has appeared in state, federal and the North Carolina Business Court, tried numerous cases...

Peter O'Connell

Peter F. O’Connell - Partner

Peter O’Connell advocates for clients in a variety of disputes, including professional malpractice claims, business litigation, personal injury cases, and estate and trust litigation. He represents clients in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before becoming a lawyer,...

Molly A. Whitlatch - Partner

Molly Whitlatch focuses on estate, trust and fiduciary litigation, including challenges to wills and pre-death transfers of money and property as a result of undue influence or incapacity. She also handles cases involving guardianships and professional fiduciary defense.  Molly understands that trust, estate and guardianship disputes present unique challenges for clients and their families who...

Melanie C. Cormier -

Melanie graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law cum laude in 2018, earning the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Student Award. While in law school, she was an Articles Editor for the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law and President of Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Melanie was also a...

Shawn V. Poole -

Shawn Poole has been a business owner and entrepreneur in the Triad since 2001. Prior to practicing law, he and his wife grew a small family business into a regional corporation that operated in five states with over three hundred employees and contractors. Shawn knows what it takes to get a business off the ground...