Dudley A. Witt

Dudley Witt is the attorney that other attorneys want as a partner in the courtroom. He’s adept at civil, criminal and business cases, and he possesses deep talent, an extraordinary work ethic and a wide-ranging knowledge of the law. Throughout his exceptional legal career, he’s been an attorney who thrives on handling complex cases and devising and delivering strategies that help clients in difficult situations.

Dudley oversees the firm’s civil practice, ensuring that every client gets the benefits of his vast experience in preparing for trial or in negotiations for settlements. He has handled wrongful death suits, business disputes and civil racketeering cases, among others, representing clients in state and federal court. He is a gifted legal strategist who has successfully argued cases before the N.C. Court of Appeals and the N.C. Supreme Court. He also has an active practice representing attorneys before the N.C. State Bar and working with the firm’s other attorneys handling cases before the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission.

Dudley was born in Napoleon, Ohio, where both his parents were attorneys. He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 1980 and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1983. He joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1990. He has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as a Top-Rated Lawyer by Top Lawyers of North Carolina for 2014. Dudley is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics, disciplinary matters, and the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings. He has also been a supervising attorney for the clinical program at Wake Forest University School of Law.

Michael R. Shay

Michael R. Shay is skilled, passionate and experienced in his areas of practice: Social Security disability, Medicaid and Medicare eligibility, Worker’s Compensation, personal injury, landlord/tenant litigation, employment matters, consumer protection, and wills/estates.

Michael is a Board-Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law and has successfully represented hundreds of disabled individuals – children and adults – in a wide range of Social Security, Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases. As a former Legal Aid of North Carolina non-profit attorney, he prides himself on continuing to assist disabled, low-income citizens of North Carolina.

He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 2001 and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2005.

Michael is a member of North Carolina Advocates for Justice – Disability Advocates Section, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. He is also on the Board of Directors and fundraising committee for Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem.

In 2010, Michael was chosen to travel to Santiago, Chile, with a group of young professionals to assist the region’s legal, political and social development.

In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, two young children, family and friends. He and his wife love to cook and travel. Michael is also an avid sports fan, and particularly loves ACC basketball and football.