Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.(2006)

Order of the Barristers; Moot Court; National Trial Team

Lambuth University 

B.A. in Business; B.S. in Theatre

Magna cum laude                                                                                                                                

Thesis:  “The Fall of Man and the Rise of Technical Theatre”


  • Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2014
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Berkowitz Outstanding Orator Award 
  • First Year Trial Competition Winner                                                                                             
  • Moot Court Problem Book Editor                                                                                                 

Lambuth University

  • Valedictorian
  • Outstanding Senior Award
  • Outstanding Greek Man
  • Best Actor: 1986, 1987, 1988


Morgan Law, PLLC                                                                                                                                 2010-present

Hickory, NC

Founding Member                                                                                                                          

Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Education Law, Landlord-Tenant, Construction, Collections, Adversarial Bankruptcy Proceedings

Patrick, Harper, & Dixon, LLP                                                                                                              2006-2009

Hickory, NC


Insurance Defense, Criminal Defense, Hospital Commitment Hearings, Collections, Civil Litigation


United States Attorney’s Office

Denver, CO                                                                                                                                             2004

 Horack Talley

Charlotte, NC                                                                                                                                          2005

 Johnston Barton Proctor and Rose LLP

Birmingham, AL                                                                                                                                       2005


Old Opera House Theatre Company                                                                                                       1996 – 2003

Charles Town, WV

Artistic Director and Managing Director                                                                                            

Manage nonprofit community theatre and volunteers; budgeting and grant writing;plan season and direct multiple productions

 Talk-Radio WRNR                                                                                                                                           1993 – 2003

Martinsburg, WV

Radio Show Host                                                                                                                                   


 Employment Law Panel: Discrimination in Hiring Practices                                                            2014

J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center; Morganton, NC

 “Starting and Ending the Relationship—Attorneys, Clients, and Paralegals”

Catawba Valley Paralegal Association; Hickory, NC                                                                         2014

“Evictions: Excuses and Traps When Things Go Bad”

Sterling Education Services; Charlotte, NC                                                                                       2014

 “Collection Lawsuits from Start to Finish”

Guest Speaker at Furniture Manufacturer’s Credit Assoc. Annual Meeting                                          2013

“The Unauthorized Practice of Law”

Catawba Valley Paralegal Association                                                                                              2012

“The Fair Debt Collection Act and North Carolina Law”

Catawba County Bar Association                                                                                                       2011

“Myths and Misconceptions in the Law”
Hickory Kiwanis Club                                                                                                                        2011

“Collections and Judgments for the Paralegal”

Catawba Valley Paralegal Association                                                                                                2011

“Default, Notice of Default, and Lease Termination”

Sterling Education Services                                                                                                                 2010


Atkinson v. Allstate Insurance Company (Catawba County District Court 2018)

Plaintiff client verdict against insurance company for unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, and attorney's fees

Joyce Judy v. Robert Schacht 5:11-cv-189 (2014)

    Summary judgment in million dollar federal case granted to defendant client on all claims against him. 

Rink & Robinson, PLLC v. Catawba Valley Enters., LLC, 725 S.E.2d 426 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012)

        Trial court verdict for client affirmed.  Statute of limitations did not bar client’s complaint for money owed when defendants induced the delay by their own representations.

 JOMA Sys. v. GKN Sinter Metals, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. Lexis 79184 (W.D.N.C. Oct. 10, 2007)

        Granted motion to remand to state court when the amount in controversy requirement was not met from the face of client’s well-pleaded complaint.


American Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association

     (CLE Committee; NC Leap Steering Committee; Student Mentor)

North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Catawba County Bar

     (Past President: 2013)


North Carolina State Bar

Federal Western District of North Carolina

Cherokee Tribal Court


      Superior Court Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission


  • Hickory Community Theatre
  • Hickory Museum of Art
  • Mock Trial Competition Trainer
  • Child Care Connections of Burke County
  • Wake Forest National Trial Team Guest Judge
  • BLET Mock Court Training
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Women's Resource Center