Robert D. Walker Walker, Allen, Grice, Ammons & Foy LLP, Goldsboro

Robert, my eldest child, is a Down syndrome child. He has been active in Special Olympics for years, and our family often is involved in watching him compete or coaching him at Wayne Country Day School in Goldsboro and other locations. He has been all over the state in various competitions. He was the water boy for his high-school football team, has worked at McDonald’s, been an acolyte at church, and the list goes on and on. The special place for me outside the office would be with my buddy Robert.

Vita: Born June 28, 1949, in Raleigh; bachelor’s from N.C. State and law degree from Wake Forest University; wife and three children. Why he chose this field: It chose me in a unique way — a conflict with a large firm gave me the chance to represent my physician. Memorable case: It’s really a memorable moment. It came in response to my question about how many times this opposing expert had been in the same life-and-death-decision struggle my clients had been facing. His response: “Uh … approximately … never.” What he’d be if not a lawyer: An unsuccessful used-car salesman. Hero: My son Robert; and my partner Jerry Allen, who walks his faith as well as he “talks the talk.” Passions: My family and my church. Recent reading: The William Barclay series on the New Testament. Don’t ask him to: Try another case with a certain Eastern North Carolina attorney.