Born in Whiteville, North Carolina, January 15, 1935; admitted to bar, 1963, North Carolina; 1964, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. Education: University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1957); University of North Carolina (LL.B., 1963). Phi Delta Phi. Assistant Solicitor, Superior Court, 1964-1965. Attorney For: Public Works Commission for City of Fayetteville, 1971—; Airborne & Special Operations Museum, 1997—; Fayetteville Redevelopment Commission, 1969—. Member: Cumberland County (President, 1993-1994; Chairman, Real Estate Section, 1977-1985), North Carolina (Member, Real Estate Council, 1985-1987, Treasurer, 1989-1990) and American Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar. [LTJG, U.S. Navy, 1957-1960]. Practice Areas: Real Estate Law; Wills; Corporate Law; Trusts and Estates; Eminent Domain
Email: Richard M, Lewis
Born in Rotenburg, Germany, February 8, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, North Carolina and U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1976, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: The Citadel (B.A., 1968); Wake Forest University (J.D., 1971). Pi Sigma Alpha; Phi Alpha Delta. Author: Note, "The Exempt Status of Cash Surrender-Value of Life Insurance in N.C.," 7 Wake Forest Law Review 515, 1971. Adjunct Professor, Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice and Legal Issues in Management, Webster College, 1975-1981. Member: Cumberland County and North Carolina (Treasurer, Family Law Council, 1995-2000) Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar (Chairman, Family Law Specialization Committee, 1995-2000; Councilor, 2001—). Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. [Capt., JAGC, U.S. Army, 1971-1975]. (Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization). Languages: German. Practice Areas: Family Law; Civil Litigation; Appellate Practice.
Email: Renny W. Deese
Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, May 26, 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, North Carolina. Education: Wake Forest University (B.A., 1962; J.D., 1965). Phi Delta Phi. Member: Cumberland County (President, 1997-1998), North Carolina and American Bar Associations; 12th Judicial District (President, 1984-1985, 1997-1998); North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Personal Injury; Defense Litigation; Employment Law; Professional Liability; Civil Rights; Eminent Domain; Construction Law; Workers Compensation.
Email: James R. Nance, Jr.
Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, July 8, 1970; admitted to bar, 2001, North Carolina and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. Education: University of North Carolina at Wilmington (B.A., 1995); Regent University (J.D., 1999). Secretary, 12th Judicial District Bar, 2002-2003. Member: Cumberland County and North Carolina Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar. Practice Areas: Criminal Law; Traffic Violations; Domestic Relations; Civil Litigation; Driving While Impaired.
Email: James Kirkman Nance
(Associate) born Memphis, Tennessee, April 30, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, North Carolina. Education: University of Tennessee at Knoxville (B.A., cum laude, 1996); North Carolina Central University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2000). Member, North Carolina Central University Law School Law Review. Assistant District Attorney, Cumberland County. Practice Areas: Real Estate; Business Law; Criminal Law.
Email: John G. Briggs III
(Associate) Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, born November 9, 1973, Victoria graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a fourth and fifth grade teacher. Her professional background has always included interaction with families and children.
She earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma. For four years she worked for the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office located in Norman, Oklahoma. There, her experience included the supervision of interns and prosecution of Domestic Violence, Sexual and Violent Offenses.
Returning to her southern roots in 2007, she worked as a Superior Court Prosecutor for the Harnett County District Attorney’s Office in Lillington, North Carolina, prior to joining Lewis, Deese and Nance, LLP.
She is licensed to practice law in both Oklahoma and North Carolina and has extensive courtroom experience. Her jury trials taken to a verdict include: Armed Robbery, Drug and Alcohol Offenses, Larceny, Rape and other Sex Crimes, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. Her training includes topics such as Child Physical Abuse and Homicides. She also has participated in federally-sponsored programs through the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina regarding Internet Crimes against Children and Child Pornography.
Ms. Hardin’s practice at Lewis, Deese and Nance, LLP covers all issues in Family Law including pre/post nuptial and separation agreements, divorce, child custody/support, alimony, equitable distribution and domestic violence.
Email: Victoria Gillispie Hardin
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