Jeff is a trial and litigation attorney with experience in all phases of the litigation process. He concentrates his work on professional malpractice defense, products liability, and complex commercial and business litigation with an emphasis on breach of contract, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Prior to joining Ellis & Winters, Jeff was a litigator with a national law firm and his practice included personal injury and high-exposure premises liability in addition to his current practice mix.
In addition to his private practice experience, Jeff served as a Judicial Extern for Judge Lucy Inman at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a Legal Intern for Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
Jeff attended undergraduate school at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he was the Sarah Graham Kenan Scholarship recipient. At both universities, Jeff was the president of his graduating class, a feat rarely accomplished and indicative of his strong leadership skills and “can-do” attitude. While in law school, Jeff was both a state and national champion in “mock trial” and “moot court” competitions.
Jeff, a history buff, received his B.A. degree, cum laude, in History and worked as an educator at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis before attending law school. During his time in Memphis, Jeff played guitar in a blues band for several years. He is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and enjoys hiking, camping, and experiencing nature in the mountains. He has backpacked solo throughout Europe for several months, stopping occasionally at hostels along the way.
- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2018
- Order of the Barristers
- President, Class of 2018
- B.A., Rhodes College, 2014
- cum laude
- North Carolina