Stuart L. Brooks

Stuart Brooks provides skilled, thoughtful counsel and seasoned courtroom advocacy. A former prosecutor and assistant district attorney, Stuart brings to the firm the benefit of substantial litigation experience in superior and district courts across North Carolina. Stuart takes pride in using his trial and courtroom experience with the goal of helping people achieve the best possible outcome depending on their unique situation.

Stuart maintains a robust criminal and DWI practice, and brings to the firm’s criminal practice group the advantage of having been involved in a number of homicide and serious felony cases and investigations, and draws on a distinct understanding of a prosecutor’s likely analysis of a case to the benefit of the firm’s clients.

As a member of the firm’s civil practice group, Stuart also represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation and estate disputes in a variety of contexts. Stuart is experienced in professional license defense and state bar matters, civil and criminal appeals, business and partnership disputes, and representing individuals and businesses before government agencies and in administrative investigations.

Stuart is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association, and has previously held leadership positions in the Young Lawyers Division of the Forsyth County Bar.

David B. Freedman

David B. Freedman is one of North Carolina’s most accomplished and respected attorneys. He has built his career on delivering extraordinary service to clients in civil, criminal and professional-practice proceedings. He believes that every case is important and every client deserves an attorney who will represent them with zeal, knowledge and experience.

During his career, David has represented numerous judges and attorneys in state disciplinary actions. He has won jury verdicts in complex civil trials representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also handled hundreds of serious felonies, including those involving clients charged with first-degree murder. In addition, David and the firm often represent local law-enforcement officers through the Police Benevolent Association.

David received his undergraduate degree in 1979 and his J.D. in 1982 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is certified as a Specialist in the area of Criminal Law in both State and Federal practice. He has served as President of the Forsyth County Bar Association and as Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America both in white collar and non-white collar criminal law and in 2012 was named the publication’s Lawyer of the Year for criminal defense white-collar and in 2013 the Lawyer of the Year for criminal defense non-white collar. David is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, published by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2006, he was named by Business North Carolina as the state’s top criminal defense lawyer and is listed in the magazine’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame. He has been listed in Super Lawyers of North Carolina since 2006.

David has been interviewed numerous times by national and local media on a wide range of legal issues. For 15 years, he taught criminal procedure and trial practice at the Wake Forest University School of Law and has also lectured at Harvard Law School. He is a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars in North Carolina and other states.

Jones P. Byrd Jr.

Jones P. Byrd Jr. is a skilled and recognized defender in the criminal law arena. He has represented defendants in a broad array of felony and misdemeanor cases in both state and federal court, ranging from traffic violations, driver’s license suspensions and DWI to assault and battery, drug and firearm offenses, sex offenses, and murder/manslaughter.

In 2013 and 2014, Super Lawyers of North Carolina named Jones a Rising Star in Criminal Law, and Business North Carolina listed him among its Legal Elite in Criminal Law in 2013 and 2014, as well.

Jones is a member of North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and has served as the chair of the Ethics and Grievance Committee of the Forsyth County Bar Association and currently serves as treasurer of the Forsyth County Bar. He has spoken at Continuing Education seminars on various criminal law topics for Wake Forest University School of Law, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, North Carolina Bar Association, and Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is licensed to practice at the federal level in the Middle District and Western District of North Carolina.

Jones received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 1999 and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2002.

His personal interests include running, biking, sports, music, and, above all, spending time with his family.