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Joe Tunstall was born in Washington, NC and attended Washington High School, where he was a member of the Pam Pack. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and of Wake Forest University with a Juris Doctor degree.
Joe Tunstall moved to Tarboro and joined Keel O'Malley, LLP in 2000. In 2006 Joe became a partner and the Firm was renamed Keel O'Malley Tunstall, PLLC. He practices in both our Raleigh and Tarboro offices.
Joe has extensive trial experience, including personal injury, vehicle accident, Social Security and Workers' Compensation cases, many before a jury. He has handled cases in Federal Court and argued at every level of the State Courts including the North Carolina Supreme Court. His practice areas include Personal Injury (injuries from car accidents and falls), Workers' Compensation, Social Security, and Civil Litigation.
Joe has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star in Personal Injury Law in 2012 and 2013.
He is also an active member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and has spoken at numerous continuing education classes for other attorneys.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Million Dollar Advocate||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2014|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocate||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2014|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2012|
|Partner||O'Malley Tunstall||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Keel O'Malley Tunstall||2006 - 2010|
|Associate||Keel O'Malley||2000 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Auto Torts Chair||2014 - 2015|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Auto Torts Section||Vice Chair||2013 - 2014|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Auto Torts Section||Secretary||2012 - 2013|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Workers Compensation Section||N/A||2004 - Present|
|North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member||2000 - Present|
|Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance in North Carolina||UM/UIM Coverage and Workers' Compensation Benefits Credits, Offsets & Reductions||2013|
|University of North Carolina||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Wake Forest University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Trial of a Personal Injury Case||Trial of a Personal Injury Case||2013|
|NCAJ Convention Civil Masters||Program Chair||2013|
|Damages||Winning Claims Involving Diminution in Value||2012|
|Bill v. Paid: Counting the True Cost||Seminar Chair||2011|
|Disbursements||N.C.G.S. § 44-49, 44-50 and 44-50.1||2009|
|Insurance Law||You’ve Maximized Your Client’s Recovery From All Available Insurance, Now What Do You Do? Liens and Distribution Issues||2008|