I am a trial lawyer and an artist.
Why should I want to hire a trial lawyer who’s an artist?
Why? Here’s why.
Practicing law is itself an art. Many of the elements of trial work are artistic. The art of cross-examination. Story-telling. Drama. Presenting. Ah . . . presenting. Art in action. Presenting a client’s case so that the truth of a case rings out in the courtroom is the great art of a trial lawyer. He must communicate his client’s case clearly and beautifully. The art of advocacy.
And then there’s the stuff lawyer-artists, warrior-poets, do on a daily basis. Writing. Yeah, I know that writing is technical and you have to have the technical part down to a T. But the creative process of writing is artistic. There is artistry in developing a theme and conducting an investigation to find evidence that supports it. There is much art involved in being a great trial lawyer.
Art is cool. But there is also something to be said for technical analysis. A lot of practicing law is technical. Laying a foundation to introduce an exhibit at trial is technical. Analyzing evidence for its forensic value is technical. Even just making sure you check off each element of your claim is technical. And while so much of writing is artistic, the grammar, citation to legal authorities, and organization are all technical.
Luckily, my Dad was an engineer. I may not be that smart, but I am blessed to have some of his engineering mind. People are usually tilted one way or another–toward art or toward the technical. God gave me a little bit of both. Not a lot of both. And knowing it keeps me humble. But He gave me enough to make me a unique human being. He had the perfect recipe for a trial attorney.
I was born for this.
Then, there’s of course something to be said for experience.
The State of South Carolina Bar admitted me as a licensed lawyer in 1989. I am a partner at Harris & Graves. I love my partners. They are exceptional people. Exactly the kind of honest hard-working folk with whom you wish to be yoked. All told, I have been trying cases in Upstate South Carolina for more than 27 years.
I am married to Katrina Turnage, a graduate of Pendleton High School. We live in a rural part of Polk County, North Carolina. The nearest Dollar General Store is seven miles away! We love it out here in the country with our animals and trees.
I enjoy photography, art, gardening, taking care of farm animals, and building things. A lot of the pictures on this website were taken by me. I hope my pictures express my love of home and connection to the community that we are building. I also like college sports and Major League Baseball. Go Bravos.
Before going to law school in 1985, I served our country in the United States Navy. As a young man, I was a Naval Flight Officer. The Navy assigned me to fly missions in the EA-6B Prowler attack jet. I logged 295 arrested landings on an aircraft carriers and flew combat missions around Lebanon in 1984 and 1985. I am a naval aviation Double Centurion (200 landings) on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and received the Navy Expeditionary Medal.
When a lot of people here about that they ask me, “Do you still fly?”
I usually answer like this. “Only in my mind.” The memories of flying in the Navy are more than enough for a lifetime.
That’s a little bit about me. If you’ve read all this way, I am happy. Thanks for caring.