Adrienne came to the practice of law a little later in life. She grew up in southeast Missouri, then got married to an airman in the United States Air Force. After traveling with him to locations as diverse as Guam and North Dakota, they were relocated to Pope AFB in Fayetteville, North Carolina. While her husband, Dennis, finished his Air Force career, Adrienne began her legal career by attending Campbell University School of Law.
Since graduating from Campbell Law, Adrienne has always represented the injured. She is dedicated to helping people who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, and to assisting the families of those who have wrongfully died. Part of the credit for Adrienne’s dedication to her clients lies with her parents who stressed to their children to not just succeed, but to do well by others. The instinct to take care of her clients is ingrained in Adrienne. Adrienne focuses her practice on representing people who have been injured or killed in motorcycle wrecks, trucking collisions and car accidents, and in premises incidents. Adrienne has also helped achieve justice for the family of a man wrongfully killed after being Tased by a police officer.
Adrienne is admitted to practice in all North Carolina federal and state courts. She is an active member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Guilford Inn of Court, and the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. Adrienne dedicates a considerable amount of her time to teaching other lawyers across the state. She is also the Editor of “Personal Injury Practice in North Carolina” and chapter author regarding Premises Liability in North Carolina.
Adrienne believes in giving back to the community. One of the ways she does that is through her involvement with Carolina Center for Civic Education (CCCE). CCCE sponsors a state-wide high school mock trial competition which teaches students life long skills in self-assurance and public speaking.
Adrienne and her husband Dennis have one son Nathan. They are also parents to two four-legged children:
Areas of Practice
North Carolina, 1998
U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, North Carolina
J.D. – 1998
Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota
B.A. – 1990 (Major: Business Administration)
Personal Injury Practice in North Carolina, Lexis Nexis, Ed. 1, 2 & 3 (2011, 2013 & 2015)
— Chapter on Premises Liability
Estate of Anthony v. Turner and Town of Scotland Neck, 4:13-CV-129-F, E.D.N.C.
Estate of Cox v. A.M.P. Enterprises, Inc., et al., 13 CVS 194, Watauga County Sup. Ct., N.C.
Fox v PGML, 744 S.E. 2d 483 (N.C. Ct. App. 2013)
James S. Farrin v. Perry, Perry & Perry, COA11-683 (N.C. Ct. App. 2012)
Moses Cone v Hawley, 672 S.E. 2d 742 (N.C. Ct. App. 2009)
Speaking Engagements/Seminars Chaired
Professionalism for New Attorneys – November 17, 2016, NCAJ HQ, Raleigh, Speaker (Mentoring and Role Models: The Importance of Mentorship)
The Ultimate Civil Trial Notebook – September 11, 2015, NCAJ HQ, Raleigh, Speaker (Post Evidentiary Opportunities and Pitfalls)
Personal Injury for the Experienced Practitioner – February 7, 2014, Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, Seminar Chair
Top 10+ Rules of Civil Procedure – February 8, 2013 – NCAJ HQ, Raleigh, Seminar Chair and Speaker (Strategic Maneuvers)
Maximizing Damages in Personal Injury Cases – May 3, 2013 – NCAJ HQ, Raleigh, Speaker (Finding the Story in Your Case)
Damages: Dealing with the New Laws Limiting Damages – February 10, 2012 – Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, Speaker (Dealing with the Client without Tax Returns or Unreported Income)
Voir Dire Trial Skills – April 8, 2011 – Embassy Suites, Cary, Seminar Chair
Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Practice – September 23, 2011 – Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, Seminar Chair and Speaker (Premises Liability – A Slippery Floor in North Carolina)
Punitive Damages in DWI and Other Cases – February 12, 2010 – Embassy Suites, Greensboro, Seminar Chair
Discovering Your Clients Story – April 23, 2010 – Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, Seminar Chair
Trial Methods Outside of the Box – December 3, 2010 – Marriott Downtown, Greensboro, Seminar Chair
Honors and Awards
Citation of Excellence Ebbie Award, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2011
Order of Service Award, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2009-Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Board of Governors (Vice President Education, 2012-2014)
Carolina Center for Civic Education, Board Member
North Carolina Bar Association, Member
Trial Lawyers College Alumni Association, Member
Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Guilford Inn of Court, Master
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member