LITIGATION WINNER

LEE M. WHITMAN, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh

https://asoft10294.accrisoft.com/businessnc/clientuploads/Archive_Images/2013/01/Litigation-Lee-Whitman.gifI knew from the time I was in high school that I wanted to be a trial lawyer, but I let my freshman guidance counselor at Notre Dame talk me into taking science courses. I struggled mightily during my first semester, failing physics and getting a D in calculus. It was my first experience with academic failure. It shook my confidence and taught me some valuable lessons. I had to excel during the rest of my time there to make up for my poor start and obtain the grades I needed to get into law school. I learned the virtues of focus, preparation and hard work to achieve a goal during my undergraduate education, which provided the foundation for how I still approach every case as an attorney.

Vita: Born March 17, 1968, in Columbus, Ohio; bachelor’s from University of Notre Dame and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; two sons.
Why he chose to specialize in this field: Litigation was a natural choice for me because I am highly competitive, social and argumentative. I love to advocate for the interests of others and enjoy strategizing how best to tell my client’s story to a judge or jury.
Favorite places:Sunset Beach; Tamarindo, Costa Rica; Lewisburg, W.Va.; Boston; Chicago.
Passions: Adventures with my two sons, surfing, international travel, live music and local philanthropy.
Where he'd live if he had to practice somewhere else: Wrightsville Beach.
Recent reading: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I made my 13-year-old read To Kill a Mockingbird, my favorite book. I pledged to read his favorite in return.
Don’t ask him to: Go shopping.

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LITIGATION

Lee M. Whitman, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh;
Reid C. Adams Jr., Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLLLC, Winston-Salem;
D. Erik Albright, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro;
David Neal Allen, Charlotte;
Mark E. Anderson, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh;
Nigle B. Barrow Jr., Raleigh;
Jonathan A. Berkelhammer, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro;
J. Daniel Bishop, Erwin, Bishop, Capitano & Moss PA, Charlotte;
Walter E. Brock Jr., Young Moore and Henderson PA, Raleigh;
Drew Brown, Benson, Brown & Faucher PLLC, Greensboro;
John R. Buric, James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte;
A. Todd Capitano, Erwin, Bishop, Capitano & Moss PA, Charlotte;
Andrew S. Chamberlin, Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro;
Stephen E. Coble, Coble Law Firm PC, Wilmington;
Michael D. DeFrank, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh;
Ronald C. Dilthey, Patterson Dilthey LL P, Raleigh;
Alan W. Duncan, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro;
Joshua B. Durham, Poyner Spruill LLP, Charlotte;
Donalt J. Eglinton, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern;
A. Charles Ellis, Ward and Smith PA, Greenville;
Richard W. Ellis, Ellis & Winters LLP, Cary;
E. Bradley Evans, Ward and Smith PA, Greenville;
Douglas W. Ey Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte;
Richard B. Fennell, James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte;
Paul T. Flick, Jordan Price Wall Gray Jones & Carlton PLLC, Raleigh;
David E. Fox, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte;
Mel J. Garofalo, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, Charlotte;
James B. Gatehouse, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte;
Richard S. Gottlieb, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem;
Chris Graebe, Graebe Hanna & Sullivan PLLC, Raleigh;
Dan M. Hartzog Sr., Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Raleigh;
Gary S. Hemric, James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte;
George Ward Hendon, Adams, Hendon, Carson, Crow & Saenger PA, Asheville;
Edward F. Hennessey IV, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte;
John P. Higgins, Summa, Additon & Ashe PA, Charlotte;
Sara W. “Sally” Higgins, Higgins & Owens PLLC, Charlotte;
Edward T. Hinson Jr., James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte;
Adam Horner, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte;
Justin D. Howard, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh;
John N. Hutson Jr., Howard, Stallings, From & Hutson PA, Raleigh;
Gary W. Jackson, Jackson & McGee LLP, Charlotte;
M. Keith Kapp, Williams Mullen, Raleigh;
Richard J. Keshian, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem;
Robert King III, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro;
Henry L. Kitchin Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Wilmington;
Norman F. Klick Jr., Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro;
Mark Kutny, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte;
Kenny Lautenschlager, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte;
Trisha Lawson, Bank of America Corp., Charlotte;
Sara R. Lincoln, Lincoln Derr PLLC, Charlotte;
Kurt E. Lindquist III, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Charlotte;
Dana C. Lumsden, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Charlotte;
Robert R. Marcus, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charlotte;
Jean Sutton Martin, Rhine Law Firm PC, Wilmington;
Bill Mayberry, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte;
Andrew K. McVey, Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington;
Michael T. Medford, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh;
Pressly M. Millen, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Raleigh;
Joseph W. Moss Jr., Erwin, Bishop, Capitano & Moss PA, Charlotte;
Isaac N. Northup Jr., Northup McConnell & Sizemore PLLC, Asheville;
Reid L. Phillips, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LL P, Greensboro;
Lonnie M. Player Jr., The Law Offices of Lonnie M. Player Jr. PLLC, Fayetteville;
Gary J. Rickner, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh;
Michael L. Robinson, Robinson & Lawing LLP, Winston-Salem;
William C. Robinson, Robinson Elliott & Smith, Charlotte;
Erik Rosenwood, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLL C, Charlotte;
Stephen M. Russell Sr., Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem;
Jonathan D. Sasser, Ellis & Winters LLP, Cary;
Elizabeth D. Scott, Williams Mullen, Raleigh;
Thomas H. Segars, Ellis & Winters LLP, Cary;
Patricia P. Shields, Troutman Sanders LLP, Raleigh;
Wyatt S. Stevens, Roberts & Stevens PA, Asheville;
Matthew S. Sullivan, White & Allen PA, Kinston;
Paul K. Sun Jr., Ellis & Winters LLP, Cary;
Benjamin N. Thompson, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh;
Scott M. Tyler, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte;
Cynthia L. Van Horne, Poyner Spruill LL P, Charlotte;
Judson A. Welborn, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh;
Dixie T. Wells, Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro;
John R. Wester, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte;
William E. Wheeler, Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, High Point;
Kevin G. Williams, Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem.