Bio

Whit practices in the area of family law. He is a North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist.  He has been with the firm since 1991, and is licensed to practice in all North Carolina state courts and in the federal courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina.  Whit has handled family law cases in many North Carolina counties outside of Wake County, including Orange, Chatham, Durham, Forsyth, Cumberland, Moore, Dare, Pitt, and New Hanover counties.  Whit is a native of North Carolina.

He attended Yale University and received his B.A from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served on the North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation and the Moot Court bench.

  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America: Family Law (2009-2020)
  • Listed among North Carolina Super Lawyers for Family Law (2012-2020)
  • Listed among Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite: Family Law (2015)
  • 2014 Award for Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), in Programs category, for seminar The War of the Roses in the Digital Age
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section; Litigation Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section; Litigation Section
  • Family Law Specialty Committee of North Carolina State Bar
  • CLE Committee of NCBA Family Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Rice v. Rice, 159 N.C.App. 487, 584 S.E.2d 317 (2003)
  • Grant v. Shields, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25677 (Nov. 25, 2002)
  • “The War of the Roses in the Digital Age: A Hypothetical Family Law Case” (course co-planner, co-author, panel moderator, and actor in video segments), North Carolina Bar Association Foundation 2013 Fall Family Law Program, October 2013 (Winner of 2014 Award for Professional Excellence from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), Programs category)
  • “Hidden Money and Hidden Assets,” North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Family Law Intensive Program, October 2011 and February 2012
  • "Third Party Issues in Equitable Distribution,” North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Intensive Equitable Distribution Seminar, October 2009 and February 2010
  • “CPA on the Hot Seat,” CPA/Law Forum, Triangle Chapter, November 2009
  • “CPA on the Hot Seat,” CPA/Law Forum, Triangle Chapter, November 2008
  • “Determining Income of Self-Employed Persons,” UNC School of Government District Court Judges’ Special Topic Seminar, April 2008
  • “How Taxes Can Transform Property Distribution and Valuation,” North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Family Law Intensive Seminar, October 2007 and February 2008
  • “Determining, Imputing, and Proving Income,” North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Family Law Intensive Program, November 2005 and February 2006
  • “Prosecuting Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation,” North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers program Marital Torts: The Dangers of Dalliances, January 2006
  • “CPA on the Hot Seat,” CPA/Law Forum, Triangle Chapter, October 2004
  • “Post-Separation Support, Alimony and Child Support: Income Analysis of Closely-Held Corporations, S-Corps, and Sole Proprietorships, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers program Family Law: Mastering the Experts, August 2004