Attorney Profile


I grew up in Stanly County and graduated from Albemarle Senior High School in 1970. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974. I graduated school in 1977 from Nova University located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was admitted as a member of the North Carolina Bar that same year.


Law Practice

I have been practicing law in Albemarle since 1977. From 1981-1992 I was in a partnership with Josh Morton. I joined lawyers E.H. “Bud” Morton and David Grigg in 1993 to form the firm of Morton, Grigg, and Phillips. In 2001 the firm added an associate, J. Kent Trull. With the semi-retirement of David Grigg, the firm of Morton, Grigg, and Phillips dissolved December, 2004.
My office, E.H. “Bud” Morton’s office, and Kent Trull’s office are still in the former Morton, Grigg, and Phillips building located at 117 West North Street in Albemarle.



I am a member of Salem United Methodist Church located in the Millingport Community, where I sing in the choir. I am a past Sunday School teacher and a past chair of the Administrative Board.



Throughout the years, I have served on various boards and been involved in numerous civic organizations which include:
Albemarle Rotary Club
Supreme Forum, Moose International
Stanly County Department of Social Services Board
Stanly County Hospice Board
Wachovia Bank Albemarle Board



I am an avid sports fan, so when I’m not busy “lawyering”, I spend a lot of my free time watching various sporting events. My favorites include Albemarle High School football and college and professional football, college basketball, and NASCAR. I rarely miss watching any of these and never miss a game if one of the teams is suited up in Carolina blue uniforms – GO HEELS!

I also enjoy reading, spending time on the water at Lake Tillery, and walking the family’s Great Dane.


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