My Work in Private Practice 

After leaving the United States Attorney’s Office in 1993, I entered private practice as a partner with the Greensboro firm of Stern & Klepfer.  Most of my practice was defending criminal cases in state and federal courts, and handling state and federal appeals.

 I found the experience of having to deal with often unsympathetic clients in difficult cases to be as valuable as it could be frustrating.  During those years of private practice I amassed the practice requirements and passed the tests necessary to be board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law and as a specialist in Appellate Practice.