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Gilbert W. File IV

Gilbert W. File IV

Practice areas:

Guardianship, Litigation, Construction & Development

About Me

I am a former Wake County Clerk of Superior Court, and have presided over incompetency, guardianship, and estate matters, as well as matters involving collection and enforcement of judgments or issuance of attachment proceedings to seize property during pendency of civil case prior to judgment.

I am greatly dedicated to client service and creative and bulldogged legal representation. I have a particular emphasis in advocating for incompetent adults, families, and caregivers in incompetency and guardianship proceedings and protecting against abuse or exploitation. Additionally, I handle estate, business, and landlord-tenant litigation, including representing fiduciaries such as guardians or executors; representing commercial creditors regarding business debts; construction issues and enforcement of civil judgments, liens, and bond claims; and representation of residential and commercial landlords.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Guardianship: 50%
    16 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 40%
    14 years
  3. Construction & Development: 10%
    14 years


Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney File has an excellent rating on AVVO and an asset on AVVO to the AVVO community. He gives excellent advice in the area of guardianship.


    Joseph Pippen Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Gilbert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Brownlee Law Firm

4020 Westchase Blvd.
Suite 530
Raleigh, NC, 27607-3977




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
DirectorMarvin L. Baker Family Foundation2014 - 2015
AttorneyBrownlee Law Firm, PLLC2006 - Present
AttorneyVann & Sheridan, LLP2002 - 2006
Wake County Clerk of Superior CourtNC Judicial Branch2001 - 2002
Legal Officer / Asst Clerk of Superior CourtNC Judicial Branch1999 - 2001
Deputy Clerk of Superior CourtNC Judicial Branch1993 - 1996


Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Estate Administration Manual CommitteeN/A2003 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law SectionN/A2003 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law SectionN/A2002 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Capps v. Blondeau, et alConfidential Settlement with Morgan Keegan and Regions Bank; $13.2 Million verdict against broker
In re: Dr. Mott BlairSettled favorably
Erin Davis v. Shellbrook CourtDefense verdict

See all Legal Cases 


Publication NameTitleDate
Lawyers WeeklyShyster's Comeuppance: Elderly Woman's Family Secures a $10 Million Award in Case against Swindling Stockbroker2015
North Carolina Estate Administration ManualN.C. Guardianship Practice and Procedure2014
North Carolina Estate Administration ManualN.C. Guardianship Practice and Procedure2012
North Carolina Lawyers WeeklyThe Achilles Heel of e-records2011
North Carolina Lawyers WeeklyNo proof of arbitration, business court says2010
North Carolina Estate Administration ManualGuardianship Practice and Procedure Chapter2010
North Carolina Elder Law NewsletterSubstitute Decision Making: Issues in the Interrelationship Between Powers of Attorney and Guardianship2005
North Carolina State BarSenior Citizens Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting Senior Citizens in North Carolina2005


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
CitadelEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Wake County Bar AssociationIncompetency and Guardianship ProceedingsN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationWho Makes the Decisions Now: A Basic Guide to GuardianshipN/A