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I am a former Wake County Clerk of Superior Court, and have presided over foreclosures of mortgages and community association liens; incompetency, guardianship, and estate matters, partitions of property and other Special Proceedings, as well as matters involving collection and enforcement of judgments or issuance of attachment proceedings to seize property prior to judgment.

I am greatly dedicated to client service and creative, bulldogged legal representation. In addition to representing landlords, management companies, and homeowner's associations, 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 litigate commercial and estate matters, including representing fiduciaries such as guardians or executors, and commercial creditors regarding business debts, construction issues and enforcement of civil judgments, liens, and bond claims.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    15 years
  2. Guardianship: 40%
    17 years, 1.5 thousand cases


Payment types:

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Contact info

Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File, PLLC

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
FellowNC Institute of Political Leadership2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrownlee Whitlow Praet & File, PLLC2015 - Present
DirectorMarvin L. Baker Family Foundation2014 - 2015
AttorneyBrownlee Law Firm, PLLC2006 - 2015
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 CommitteeMember2003 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2003 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Construction Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Law and Aging CommitteeCo-Chair2005 - 2007
AOC Liaison Committee, NC Bar AssociationCommittee Member2004 - 2007
Clerks of Superior Court Legislative CommitteeMember2001 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Erin Davis v. Shellbrook CourtDefense verdict
Roshonda Brown v. Bryan Woods Apts.Defense verdict
Capps v. Blondeau, et alConfidential Settlement with Morgan Keegan and Regions Bank; $13.2 Million verdict against broker
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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 Estate Administration ManualN.C. Guardianship Practice and Procedure2005
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
North Carolina Estate Administration ManualN.C. Guardianship Practice and Procedure2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
CitadelEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Who Makes the Decisions Now? Basic Guardianship IssuesGuardianship2006
Practice Before The Clerk - CLE lecturer and manuscript authorPractice Before the Clerk2003
Wake County Bar AssociationIncompetency and Guardianship Proceedings2001
Nuts and Bolts of Civil Practice - CLE lecturer and manuscript authorCivil Practice2001
Guest lecturer - Elder Law and District Court PracticeElder Law and District Court Practice2001