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Ed Pauley

(704) 633-5244 ext. 181

Ed joined Wallace & Graham in 1999. He handles workers’ compensation, asbestos litigation, personal injury and civil litigation. Ed has handled hundreds of cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and appears frequently in appeals before the Full Commission of the NCIC and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Admitted to practice in North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia and before the United States Supreme Court, Ed is a member of the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.

The dedication and extensive experience of Mr. Ed Pauley have allowed him to become renowned as a highly effective work-related injury lawyer and a talented defective medical devices attorney. He employs a variety of litigation, negotiation and mediation strategies to obtain the most favorable outcomes for his clients.

Mr. Pauley is a leading worker’s compensation lawyer who has helped many individuals obtain just remuneration for their work-related injuries.

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West Virginia University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991
West Virginia University, Bachlors of Arts in Political Science,1988  

Practice Areas

Mesothelioma & Asbestosis
North Carolina Workers Compensation Lawyer
Personal Injury / Car / Motorcycle Accidents


JESSE BOSTIAN VS MARTIN MARIETTA -   Worker at a quarry developed silicosis from exposure to the rock dust.  Plaintiff proved that he could no longer work in the quarry due to the dust in the work environment.  Plaintiff was awarded disability benefits by the Industrial Commission as well as payment of all past and future medical bills associated with the illness.DAVIS MAULDIN VS AC CORPORATION -  Worker was a pipefitter and welder at industrial sites around the country.  In that job, he was routinely exposed to asbestos.  In 1997, he developed laryngeal cancer and was placed on disability.  In 2007, he developed lung cancer.  At that time, it was determined that the exposure to asbestos had caused both cancers.  After a lengthy battle, the Industrial Commission finally determined that the cancers were both linked to asbestos exposure in the employment.  Mauldin was awarded disability benefits from 1997 to the present and ongoing for the rest of his life.  He was also awarded separate compensation for the lung cancer and asbestosis.  The employer was ordered to pay all past and future medical bills associated with all of his illnesses.

JAMES VENERIS VS WEYERHAEUSER - Worker was a welders’ helper at a paper plant.  He suffered partial blindness from exposure to welding light.  The employer denied the claim.  The Industrial Commission found that the welding light did in fact cause the blindness and that the plaintiff was disabled as a result.  Plaintiff was awarded disability benefits including backpay and future pay for the rest of his life.  He was also awarded medical benefits for his condition for the rest of his life.

JOHN HOVIS VS WESTINGHOUSE -  Worker was a welder at a plant in Charlotte.  He was exposed to asbestos and developed asbestosis.  Industrial Commission found for the plaintiff and awarded the maximum benefits for his disease.

GROVER MONROE ENSLEY VS FMC-  Worker was exposed to asbestos in his employment and developed asbestosis.  The employer, a chemical plant, denied the claim.  The Industrial Commission found that the worker was entitled to benefits and found that he was totally and permanently disabled.  He received backpay and future pay for the rest of his life.

GAIL BLACKBURN VS STABILUS -  Worker worked in a paint room and around chemical tanks at a plant that made auto parts.  In this job, she was exposed to a chemical hexavalent chromium.  Worker developed lung cancer and died.  Her doctor determined that the levels of chromium in her blood were four times the normal amount.  Employer denied the claim.  The Industrial Commission determined that the exposure to hexavalent chromium caused the lung cancer and ultimately her death.