The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors, National Merit Scholar, 1976
Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC; Juris Doctor Degree with Honors, 1979
Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA; Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course – “The Art of Persuasion,” 2011
Chemical Related Cancers or Diseases
Class Actions & Consumer Rights
Dangerous Drugs & Medical Devices
Farm Nuisances, Injuries or Diseases
Mesothelioma & Asbestosis
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers - 2006 Ebbie Award
The American Trial Lawyers Association - 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award – for obtaining tens of millions of dollars in loan forgiveness and restitution to predatory loan borrowers in class action coordinated with the Florida State Attorney General.
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 North Carolina Trial Lawyers – 2011
NCAJ (North Carolina Advocates for Justice) Award for Outstanding Service as Products Liability Section Co-Chair - 2011
Lawyers Weekly – Leaders in Law Award – 2011
North Carolina Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit – Restoration of Hambley-Wallace House – 2013
Historic Salisbury Foundation’s Clement Cup – commitment to historic preservation - 2018
Lawyer’s Weekly – NC Hall of Fame Member 2018
Public Justice – American Trial Lawyer of the Year Award 2018
- Duke Energy Coal Ash Settlement – ensuring clean water and enhanced property values for North Carolina coal ash communities.
- Outer Banks power outage litigation (E.D.N.C.) – multiple-day loss of power to Outer Banks communities over summer season -- class action settlement for $10.35 million – 2018.
- Inetianbor v. CashCall, 0:2013cv60066 (S.D. Fla.) – UDAP class action against lender – class settlement for $10 million restitution, total value with debt forgiveness exceeded $29 million – 2017.
- Owens and Price v. Automobile Protection Corp. and Sonic Automotive, class arbitration before the American Arbitration Association, Consolidated Case No. 30 459 00642 05, and in state and federal court -- unfair and deceptive finance and sales practices involving car dealer chain – class settlement and fee approved – 2012.
- Kucan v. Advance America, No. 04-CVS-2860 (New Hanover County Superior Court) (class action against payday lender – class settlement of $18 million – 2011.
- Hager v. Check into Cash, No. 04-CVS-2859 (New Hanover County Superior Court) – class settlement of $12 million – 2011.
- McQuillan v. Check n Go, No. 04-CVS-2858 (New Hanover County Superior Court) – class settlement of $14 million – 2011.
- Murdock v. Rebate Cash Advance, No. 06-CVS-1865 (Iredell County Superior Court) and AAA class arbitration – UDAP class action/arbitration against payday lender – class settlement of $11 million – 2011.
- George v. Duke Energy Retirement Cash Balance Plan, No. 8:06-CV-373 (D.S.C.) --class action under ERISA in regard to pension plan – class action settlement for $30 million – 2011.
- Lowther v. AK Steel, No. 1:11 cv 877 (S.D. Ohio) -- class action arising under ERISA in regard to employee welfare benefits – class settlement of $16 million – 2011.
- Merkner v. AK Steel, No. 1:09-CV-423-TSB (S.D. Ohio) -- class action arising under ERISA in regard to employee welfare benefits – class settlement of $170 million – 2010.
- Mills v. Hendrick Automotive, No. 04 CVS 2301 (Union County Superior Court) -- UDAP class action against car dealer chain – class settlement of $5 million – 2010.
- Satterfield v. Breeding Insulation Co., 266 S.W.3d 347 (Tenn. 2008) – notable state supreme court decision recognizing duty to household members in civil asbestos injury setting.
- Anthony v. Koch Industries, No. 1:05CV00806 (M.D.N.C.) -- class action under ERISA in regard to a retiree benefit plan – class settlement for $15.9 million – 2007.
- Numerous verdicts, appellate court decisions and settlements for matters involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, occupational injuries, industrial exposures and asbestos related illness.
- Wallace and Graham is responsible for advocating for many of the North Carolina appellate results and holdings of note supporting the rights of workers and those who are victims of occupational injury and illness.