D.J. represents businesses in a variety of employment-related litigation cases, including discrimination and wage-and-hour claims, before state and federal agencies and courts. He has worked with companies in a broad variety of industries, including technology companies and franchises. D.J. also advises employers on creating appropriate employee policies and procedures and the best way to communicate those policies with workers.

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D.J. represents businesses and individuals in a range of sophisticated business disputes, including litigation involving the False Claims Act , securities, real estate, and shareholder disputes.

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D.J. represents executives and companies who are under criminal or regulatory scrutiny concerning their business practices. He has extensive experience conducting sensitive internal investigations for companies, big and small, in a wide-range of practice areas, including banking, health care, and securities.

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As part of his criminal and civil litigation practice, D.J. regularly represents individuals and corporations from a variety of industries, including the health care, construction, and technology sectors, in claims asserted under the False Claims Act.

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Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2012)

North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy, Inaugural Class (2011)

Member, Greensboro Police Community Review Board (2016-present)

Member, Board of Directors, Greensboro Rotary Club (2015-present)

Member, Board of Trustees, AbolitionNC (2017-present)

Member, Our Lady of Grace Church Finance Council (2015-present)

Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Middle District of North Carolina Chapter (2016-present)

Youth Soccer Coach (YMCA) (2012-present)

Member, Board of Directors, HandyCapable Network, Inc. (2013-2016)

Member, Labor & Employment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Labor & Employment Law and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association

Member, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2003-06, 2008-10)

Prior to law school, I worked for five years in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as a press secretary and legislative assistant. On Capitol Hill, I learned the importance of taking the complex and making it simple to understand. That’s often the key to success in litigation. We handle complicated cases, but I always strive to persuade by delivering a message or telling a story that compels the best result for my client.
When I’m not advocating for my clients, you can find me coaching youth soccer, serving in my church and community, and chasing my children around North Carolina’s beaches and mountains.

It’s easy for lawyers to tell their clients they can’t do something. It is almost as if we are trained to say no. I try to be a lawyer who is constantly looking for creative ways to help clients accomplish their business goals while minimizing legal risks .

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April 26, 2013

Employment Law Changes Lunch and Learn in Greensboro

In a series of lunch sessions, Brooks Pierce lawyers will update you on new regulations, government agency enforcement trends and priorities, and case developments that will impact your employment policies and practices. The first lunch session will be held March 26, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at...Read more


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