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Mike is graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Law, and spent the early years of his legal career at a pair of global law firms representing the nation’s largest banks and corporations, public officials, and government officers and entities. Mike’s commercial litigation experience includes complex contractual disputes, business torts, warranty claims, employment issues, and white-collar investigations and defense. A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer before attending law school, Mike also represents public officers and government agencies in liability defense, employment, and other police issues.

Additionally, Mike has practiced at one of North Carolina’s largest and most prominent trust and estate groups, and his practice has a particular emphasis in trust- and estate-litigation. Mike has represented national banks, trust companies, Big Four accounting firms, and individual executors, trustees, and beneficiaries in a variety of fiduciary litigation matters such as caveats (will contests), trust litigation, elder guardianships, breach of fiduciary duty claims, professional malpractice matters, and disputes regarding end-of-life care. Mike is a member of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section, and frequently speaks and writes on fiduciary litigation matters. Mike has been published multiple times in The Will & The Way, the section newsletter for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section, as well as in the Charlotte Business Journal. In January 2015, Mike was one of only two lawyers in North Carolina recognized as a Rising Star in the area of trust- and estate-litigation by North Carolina SuperLawyers magazine.

Mike is rated by his peers as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent® rated attorney, the highest rating available and reflecting “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” In 2013 and again in 2014, Mike was tabbed a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine, an honor reserved for fewer than 2.5% of qualifying attorneys in the state; and in 2015, Mike was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of trust- and estate-litigation. Mike was also recognized in 2014 among “Charlotte Area’s Outstanding Young Lawyers” in a Charlotte Magazine publication. Mike is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Illinois, and has appeared in state and federal courts in both jurisdictions, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Mike graduated cum laude with honors from Davidson College, where he was a William Holt Terry Scholar, and with honorsfrom the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he attended on UNC’s Aycock Poe Scholarship.

In recent years, Mike has contributed hundreds of hours of pro bono service, most of it as a court-appointed Guardian ad litem in elder incompetency matters and contested guardianships. In one such case, Mike committed more than one hundred hours’ service advocating on behalf of a persistent-vegetative-state patient in a dispute among loved ones over the removal of mechanical life sustaining measures.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Guardianship: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark D. Gott

    I have worked on many cases with Mike. I have always found him to be a hard working advocate for his clients. He is honest and does not go back on his word.


    Mark Gott Guardianship Attorney
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  • Elspeth Gray Crawford

    Mike is a knowledgeable professional who zealously advocates for his clients. His work ethic, dedication to his clients, and legal acumen are unparalleled. I highly recommend him.


    Elspeth Crawford Contracts and agreements Attorney
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Contact info

Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood, P.A.

200 Providence Rd Ste 106
Charlotte, NC, 28207-1437


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200805/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star: Trust & Estate LitigationSuperLawyers2015
Rising Star: Business LitigationSuperLawyers2014
Rising Star: Business LitigationSuperLawyers2013
Head Honors Writing ScholarUNC School of Law2007
Aycock-Poe Law ScholarshipUniversity of North Carolina School of Law2004
William Holt Terry ScholarshipDavidson College1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner AttorneyCopeland, Richards & Anderson, PLLC2013 - 2014
Hunton & Williams LLPAssociate Attorney2011 - 2013
Associate AttorneyJohnston Allison & Hord, P.A.2010 - 2011
Associate AttorneyMayer Brown, LLP2007 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
The Will & The WayFiduciary Litigation Update: Mandatory Arbitration Provisions in Trusts2014
The Will & The WayElder Fraud Update2013
The Will & The WayPunctilios Without Privilege?2012
Charlotte Business JournalBank Liability May Increase2012
The Will & The WayDust To Dust2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Davidson CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEFiduciary Litigation: Current Issues2014