G. Gray Wilson Wilson, Helms and Cartledge, Winston-Salem
I’d be a writer. I have published fiction — a crime novel — and nonfiction — a legal treatise on civil procedure, a sure cure for insomnia — and enjoy poetry and almost any other type of literature except self-help books.
Vita: Born April 1, 1951, in Louisville, Ky.; bachelor’s from Davidson College and law degree from Duke University; wife, four children and two stepchildren. Why he chose this field: I could never be happy sitting behind a desk — too hyperactive. A courtroom is for storytellers, and I love a good story, especially when pitching an argument to a jury. Memorable case: Representing the widow of Michael J. Smith, pilot of the space shuttle Challenger who perished after its launch in 1986. We pursued claims against NASA and Morton Thiokol, manufacturer of the solid-rocket booster that failed in flight, and recovered a substantial settlement. Passions: Writing, flying and reading. Favorite and recent reading: My favorite is Look Homeward, Angel. I’m now engrossed in D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose. Favorite place: Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla. Hero: Steve Mikita, a wheelchair-bound lawyer in the Utah Attorney General’s Office in Salt Lake City. Read his book, The Third Opinion, and you will know why. Don’t ask him to: Watch reality TV or listen to any of that android-surfer pop on the radio.
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