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White & Allen, P.A. is a full service law firm in eastern North Carolina. Since we opened our doors in 1927, our reputation has been built on trust.

With offices in Kinston, New Bern, Snow Hill, Greenville, and Morehead City we are one of the region's largest and most versatile law firms. Our lawyers are experienced in both civil and criminal cases and can help with a wide variety of litigation, including Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Elder Law, Special Needs (Disability) Trusts, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Family Law, Health Care Law, Real Estate, and Tax Planning.

Many of us grew up in Eastern North Carolina, a place we call home and know well. We embrace traditional values passed down for decades and we’re especially known for community service given by partners, associates and staff.

We believe close and regular contact with clients is essential to gaining the trust that’s been central to our mission for 90 years. To us, trust means doing the right thing, ensuring sound counsel, helping clients make the right choices and being alongside whenever a client needs us. It’s as simple as that.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Elder Care and Special Needs Planning Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Tax Planning
  • Traffic/DWI Law
  • Condemnation/Eminent Domain

Call 252-324-4527 today to arrange your initial consultation. 

Attorney Amanda Owens

Amanda was born in Lancaster, Ohio, on November 16, 1985. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts in English.

Amanda then graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2011. While in Law School Amanda interned with the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. 

Amanda is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio, all North Carolina State Courts and the United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina.

Amanda has been with White & Allen, P.A. for over three years assisting Wyles Johnson in his Elder Law practice. She is now fortunate to join him and concentrate on Elder and Special Needs Law. She will continue to build and expand White & Allen’s Elder Care practice and advocate for the elderly and disabled for their rights for public benefit, including navigating the laws governing Special Assistance Medicare, and Medicaid. Her practice area also includes Incompetency and Guardianship matters and assisting the elderly and disabled if they have been victims of exploitation. Amanda is also available for families with children with disabilities and questions as to what to do as they become adults. Amanda, as a Veteran Marine spouse, is also very proud to serve military families and assist Veterans regarding benefits and their needs. She is accredited for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veteran’s benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Attorney Brian J. Gatchel

Brian is from Lexington, Ky., where he earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky in 1995. Brian also earned a Masters of Science in library and information science from the University of Kentucky in 1992 and his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1990.

Throughout his practice, Brian has been fascinated with how the various branches of government interact with citizens. That interest is currently fulfilled by being entrusted as general counsel to the Craven County Board of Education and the Arapahoe Charter School. He also consults as outside counsel with the Pitt County Board of Education, as well as handling special litigation matters for the North Carolina School Board Trust.

Brian has published a law journal article discussing when governments must answer to citizens in the courts in “Informational and Procedural Standing After Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife,” 11 J. Land & Envtl. L. 75 (1995), which was cited by the Supreme Court of Hawaii in “Sierra Club v. Hawaii Tourism Authority,” 59 P3d 877 (2002), and multiple law professors in other academic articles.

Brian is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys, the Construction Law, Education Law and Estate Planning sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

In addition to representing governmental entities from our New Bern, N.C., office, Brian’s practice emphasizes commercial and residential real estate, small business law, wills and estate planning.


Attorney Brian Z. Taylor

Brian was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on March 24, 1964. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial relations in 1986. After graduation, he worked in the family land and timber business. He then attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and graduated in 1991. While at Campbell, Brian was a member of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity, a member of the ATLA trial advocacy team and received the Campbell Law Book Award in Real Property Planning.

Brian concentrates his practice in our New Bern, N.C., office on residential and commercial real estate and small business law. He is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Craven County Bar Association, 3B Judicial District Bar Association and the Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court. In May of 2015, Brian was elected to the Council of the Real Property Section of the NC Bar Association.

Brian is past president of the 3B Judicial District Bar Association and the New Bern Rotary Club. Brian is an active member of Garber United Methodist Church having served on the Administrative Council as Stewardship Chairman as well as coordinator/coach of the church’s youth baseball teams through New Bern Sunday School Baseball League.


Attorney C. Gray Johnsey

Gray’s primary areas of practice are taxation, probate, and estate and business planning.

Gray earned his undergraduate degree (B.A.) in English and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971; a master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A.) from East Carolina University, where he was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship in economics; and a doctor of jurisprudence degree (J.D.), cum laude, curia honoris, from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, in 1978. In 1979, he received a Master of Laws in taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Florida.

Gray is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, Federal District Court, United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Claims. He is a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Gray has been consistently named to Best Lawyers in America, also named to the North Carolina Legal Elite for Tax and Estate Planning and to Super Lawyers, North Carolina in the area of Tax Law.

A frequent lecturer on tax and estate planning topics, Gray has addressed the Duke University Estate Planning Conference, the Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina State Bar, the Tax Section of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina CPA Annual Accounting and Taxation Symposium, and the Trust Advisors Forum.

Gray is a Board Certified Specialist in estate planning and probate law. He has served on the faculty of the National Graduate Trust School. For thirty years, he served on the faculty of the Southeastern Trust School at Campbell University, where he taught estate, gift and generation skipping tax.


Attorney Christopher J. "Chris" Waivers

A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Chris is the oldest of four siblings born and raised in Eastern North Carolina.

Chris graduated magna cum laude from East Carolina University in 2010 with a degree in Finance. Chris later attended Campbell Law School and graduated cum laude in 2014. While at Campbell, he was an Articles Editor on the Campbell Law Review, a member of the moot court team, and the recipient of book awards – which are awarded each semester for the highest grade in a particular class – for Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Business Organizations, and Administrative Law. During law school, Chris also completed internships at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Wake County Trial Court Administrator’s Office, and the United States Attorney's Office.

Chris practices in the areas of civil litigation and bankruptcy. Additionally,  he is involved in the following civic and professional organizations:

  • Craven County Bar Association, President 2019-20; Vice President 2018-19
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Co-Chair of Consumer Committee 2018-19
  • North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem Program, Pro Bono Appellate Counsel

Attorney David J. Fillippeli, Jr.

David was born in Wilmington, N.C., on August 15, 1960. He attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh and graduated magna cum laude in 1982. He then attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, graduating in 1985. He was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in that year.

David is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Lenoir County Bar Association. In 2010 David was selected for membership to the American Trial Lawyers Association and named to its Top 100 Trial Lawyers of 2010. He was also included on the North Carolina Super Lawyers 2009 list.

He is past president of the Lenoir County Bar Association and the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association.


Attorney Delaina “Dee” Davis Boyd

Dee was born in Clinton, N.C., on August 29, 1974. She attended North Carolina State University and Meredith College and graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing education with a minor in business administration. Dee was the Student of the Year in the College of Occupational Education while attending North Carolina State University and served as the Student Government President for the College of Occupational Education.

After teaching business and marketing in the Harnett County Public Schools, she attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, graduating in 1999. While at Campbell, Dee was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Dee is licensed to practice before all North Carolina Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association. Dee serves as the parent attorney for Family Dependency Treatment Court.

Dee's practice is concentrated in the areas of criminal law, domestic law and juvenile law, and social security disability.


Attorney E. Wyles Johnson Jr.

Wyles was born in Petersburg, Va., on Jan. 22, 1956. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., receiving his Bachelor of Science (cum laude) in Business Administration in May of 1981 and his M.B.A. in December of 1982. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in December of 2001.

Wyles is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association, the Lenoir County Bar Association, the Carteret County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He is a member of the Elder Law & Special Needs Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He serves as a member of the Elder Law Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the North Carolina Chapter of NAELA and the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

Wyles' practice is substantially concentrated in Elder Care and Special Needs Planning Law, in which he focuses on issues unique to elderly and disabled persons and advocates for their right to public benefits such as Special Assistance, Medicare, and Medicaid to assist with the cost of assisting living or long term care. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. His practice also includes an emphasis in issues confronting wartime veterans in need of personal assistance, and is accredited for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Wyles frequently speaks before civic, church and professional groups on topics related to the Elder and Special Needs Law practice area. His other practice areas are general civil litigation, complex business litigation and construction law


Attorney Elizabeth A. Falk

Elizabeth grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. In 2006, she graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science in 2009. Upon completion of her undergraduate work, she attended Regent University School of Law where she met her now-husband and fellow attorney, Jay Falk.

Elizabeth obtained her law license in 2012 and began practicing in Kinston that same year. She joined White and Allen’s real estate department in 2019.

Elizabeth loves being involved in the community. She has served on several boards for local organizations, including the Community Council for the Arts (Secretary), Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce (Vice President of Young Professionals), and the Rotary Foundation committee for the Kinston Rotary Club.


Attorney James C. "Jim" Purnell V

Jim was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 9, 1981.

Jim graduated Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He attended North Carolina Central University School of Law and received his law degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 2012. Jim recently received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation from New York University School of Law in May, 2013.

Jim is a member of the North Carolina State Bar. He is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts and the United States District Court - Eastern District of North Carolina. Jim is a Certified Financial Planner, licensed Real Estate Broker, and has his U.S. Coast Guard Captain's license. Jim was selected as a member of the "20 Under 40" Class of 2014.

Jim's practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and administration, corporate law and tax planning.


Attorney John C. Archie

John was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on December 9, 1951. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., in 1978 and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar that year. While in law school, he was a member of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.

John is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

John is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina and American Bar Associations, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

John's practice is concentrated in employment, construction and health care law.


Attorney John M. Harris

John is originally from rural Moore County, N.C., and was raised on a family farm. He attended North Carolina State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1978. He then attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and graduated in 1981, and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar that year. 

John is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the 3B Judicial District Bar Association and was a past president of the Carteret County Bar Association. 

John is located in the firm’s Morehead City office, having practiced there since 1984, with the last 26 years as the managing partner of his own firm known as Harris Law Firm.  John’s practice is concentrated in the areas of residential and commercial real estate development and closings, foreclosures, business law and simple wills and estate matters. In 1995, John was certified as a Board Certified Specialist in real property law-residential transactions by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization. 

John has been an active leader in various professional organizations. He served on the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section Council, and was elected and served as Chairman of the Real Property Section from 2004-2005. In previous years, he was a founding member of the North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification Committee, which developed and implemented the procedure to certify paralegals in NC and he is currently a board member of the North Carolina State Bar Real Estate Specialization Committee.


Attorney John P. Marshall

John P. Marshall was born in June of 1962 in Wilmington, N.C. John maintains a broad civil litigation practice with an emphasis on commercial and business litigation in the federal and state courts, including the North Carolina Business Court. He also maintains a mediation practice.

John earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Campbell University in 1984 and his law degree (magna cum laude) from the Campbell University School of Law in 1989.

John is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is admitted to practice in all courts in North Carolina. He is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator. Marshall currently serves the North Carolina State Bar as the chair of the Eighth Judicial District Bar Candidate Committee. He is a member of the Litigation, Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes, Business Law, and Dispute Resolution Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association. He served on the council for the Business Law Section from 2008 to 2011. John currently serves on the council for the Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Law Section. He has also served on the Campbell Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.

John is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest achievement rating. According to Martindale-Hubbell’s website, an AV Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. He was named to the 2019 and 2020 Super Lawyers list in the area of Business Litigation.


Attorney Joseph S. Bower

Joe was born in Winchester, Va., on January 1, 1951. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1973. He then attended East Carolina University where he received an M.B.A. degree in 1976. While in business school, he was awarded a graduate fellowship in economics.

Joe graduated cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., in 1979, and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar that year.

Joe is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He is a member of the Lenoir County, Eighth Judicial District, North Carolina, and American Bar Associations. Joe has served as president of the Lenoir County and Eighth Judicial District Bar Associations and Chairman of the Eighth Judicial District Bar Candidates Committee. He is also a member of the North Carolina Land Title Association and the Real Property and Business Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Joe is a 2010 recipient of the Martin Dale Hubble® Lawyers.com AV® Preeminent™ rating award in both legal ability and ethical standards. In 2015, he was named to Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in the area of Real Estate.

Joe's practice is concentrated in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, title claims litigation, foreclosures, eminent domain business law and corporate law. Joe has been an instructor of real estate law for candidates preparing for the North Carolina Real Estate Licensing Examination.


Attorney Matthew S. Sullivan

Matthew was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His primary area of practice is civil litigation and personal injury. Matt earned his undergraduate degree (B.S., magna cum laude) in administration of justice and public affairs in 1990, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University where he was the Wiggins Scholar, Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review, Paul Dennis Award Recipient, and inducted into the International Order of Barristers. Matt received his Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) in 1995.

Matt has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Product Liability Litigation since 2010 and has been selected by his peers for North Carolina Business Magazine Legal Elite for Litigation since 2013. About three percent of the State's attorneys are chosen as best practitioners, according to magazine officials. Matt is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest achievement rating. According to Martindale-Hubbell's website, an AV Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Sullivan was recently selected to the 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit  excellence in practice.

Matt is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Bar Associations, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association, the Lenoir County Bar Association (president 1997-1998), the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (member of Board of Governors), and The Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court.

Matt's practice is concentrated in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, tractor-trailer accidents, industrial accidents, wrongful death, products liability and product failures, workers' compensation, commercial and general civil litigation.


Attorney Oliver G. Wheeler, IV

Prior to joining White & Allen, P.A. in 2020, Oliver worked for ten years as an attorney for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, handling almost exclusively eminent domain litigation. Prior to that time, he represented clients in a broad range of litigation matters, including federal prisoner litigation, state personnel litigation, criminal appeals, medical malpractice defense, general insurance defense, etc. He has also argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Oliver was born in New Bern on September 2, 1978. He graduated from Arendell Parrott Academy in 1997, before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he attained a degree in Business Administration. While at UNC, he was the president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Oliver graduated from Campbell University School of Law in 2004.


Attorney Patrick Holmes

Pat Holmes is dedicated to zealously advocating for his clients through diligent and meticulous legal representation.  Pat graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Law, Cum Laude and served as an Executive Board Member for North Carolina Central University Law Review.  Prior to practicing law, Pat clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice L. Walter Mills, 4B District Court.

His practice areas focus on all aspects of Family Law and Criminal Law, from Child Custody, Child Support, Adoptions, Divorce, Equitable Distribution and Separation Agreements; to Traffic Tickets, DWI/DUI Defense, Misdemeanors and Felonies. Pat also has experience handling both Commercial and Residential Real Estate transactions.  Pat is committed to excellence and efficiency when it comes to you and your rights, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Pat has been active in his community, serving as President of the Craven County Bar Association from 2018 to 2019, as well as the Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Craven County Bar Association from 2017 to 2018.  From 2017 to 2018, he was also the Administrator for the Craven County Indigent Defense Services program.  Currently, Pat is a volunteer for the Craven County Teen Court Program, and the Craven County Young Professionals Group.


Attorney Richard J. Archie

Dick was born in Chapel Hill, N.C., on January 12, 1967. He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., in 1985. Dick attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1988.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1991, and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar that year.

Dick is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Dick's practice is concentrated in the areas of business and in residential and commercial real estate. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section, and the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association.

Dick has served as past Chairman for the Council of the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.


Attorney Sherwood C. “Chris” Henderson

Chris was born in New Bern, N.C., on September 15, 1970. Chris graduated from Davidson College in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. He attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and received his law degree in 1996. Chris received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation from the Villanova University School of Law in 1997.

Chris is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, as well as the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Chris is also licensed to practice in the State of Georgia, although currently on inactive status due to the location of his practice in North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association and the Georgia State Bar.

Chris's practice is concentrated in the areas of tax, qualified retirement plans, estate planning, estate administration, business planning, corporations and limited liability companies. He was awarded the Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) credential through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) in November of 2008. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law as designated by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Chris was selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2009.

Chris was a featured speaker at the 2010 Trust Advisors forum in Pinehurst, NC. The forum is held annually and sponsored by the Trust Education Foundation, Inc. of Campbell University.


Attorney W. Lee Percise III

Lee, a native of Charlotte, attended East Carolina University where he was a Dean’s List student and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing in 2004. After working with general practice law firms in Greenville and Charlotte, Lee attended and graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., in 2008. While in law school, Lee served as an Honor Court Justice and was an International Law Scholar of Merit.

Working out of White & Allen’s Greenville office, Lee’s statewide practice is concentrated in the areas of condemnation and eminent domain litigation, real property litigation (including boundary disputes, title defense, adverse possession, homeowners' associations, etc.), general civil litigation, and landlord/tenant disputes.

Lee frequently represents clients charged with traffic offenses, drug and alcohol offenses, driving while impaired, and other criminal matters in Pitt, Beaufort, and Lenoir Counties. Lee is licensed to practice before all state courts in North Carolina and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina. 

Lee is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court, the Pitt County Bar Association, and the Pitt County Criminal Defense Bar. Lee has served in leadership roles on several local bar associations, as President of the Kinston Evening Rotary Club, and as a volunteer judge for the Lenoir and Greene Counties Teen Court. Lee was also selected as a member of the "20 Under 40" Class of 2013. Lee currently serves as a board member of the Pitt Community College Foundation.


Attorney Wilton Russell "Rusty" Duke, Jr.

Wilton Russell (Rusty) Duke, Jr. was born August 28, 1947 in Louisburg, North Carolina. Serving Of Counsel to the firm, Rusty is engaged in a broad criminal and civil litigation practice.

Rusty earned his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University in 1970 and his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1974. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Larkins, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Rusty served as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of Pitt County, North Carolina for over 23 years, from January 1, 1993 until February 29, 2016. He served as a Resident Superior Court Judge for 2 years in 1991-1992. He served as a District Court Judge of Pitt, Craven, Carteret and Pamlico Counties from 1988-1990. Rusty practiced law as a general practitioner for 12 years, 1976–1988, prior to being elected as a judge of the District Court. 

Rusty is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of North Carolina. He is a member of the Senior Division of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is a past Vice President of the North Carolina Superior Court Judges Conference and a former member of the Continuing Judicial Education Committee of the Judges Conference. He is a former member of the Advisory Budget Committee of the Administrative Office of the Courts. He is a former member of the United States 4th Circuit Judicial Conference.

Mother Earth Brewing Company

”John Marshall at White & Allen has been instrumental in getting Mother Earth started, dealing with many legal issues. John did a good bit of our intellectual property (IP) work in the early stages and then referred us to an IP specialist when that step was called for. It was especially important for us that we were able to protect our slogan, “Peace, Love and Beer.”

There really aren’t any legal questions that I can imagine we will have at Mother Earth that we can’t get answered at White & Allen and that includes real estate issues, where we have gotten consistent advice from Joe Bower. It’s just an awesome law firm.”


Mills Funeral Home

I worked with Ned Manning even before he joined White & Allen back in 2001. Now I use the firm for every legal issue I face. I appreciate many things about White & Allen but I am especially impressed with the accuracy of their work. My businesses require a great deal of legal documentation and every document produced by my legal team is complete and accurate. I am very detail oriented and both the lawyers I usually work with are extremely conscientious about the smallest detail.

Let me tell you, I lean on my lawyers, Ned and Gray Johnsey. If anything goes wrong in my businesses, or family financial affairs, I don't even try to fix it. I call on White & Allen and trust them to make it right.


The Edwardses

James “Red” Edwards: In the beginning, I was looking for someone who could do the right things for Jim, me, the rest of the family, and for the company itself. It turned out that Matt Sullivan was that person.

There were times over the years when Matt Sullivan was almost like another son to me. Jim and I needed someone to be a friend to both of us, along with the excellent legal help.

Let me tell you, I am glad that I was on Matt’s team and that he was on mine. We have been through some tough times together.

Jim Edwards, Jr.: Matt Sullivan came to me early on, told me how we would proceed and that it was going to take a long time. He and his colleagues here at White & Allen did a great job of going through the evidence and getting the job done right.

Matt Sullivan: Jim’s recovery and positive attitude are a true testament to his character. There aren’t many people that could have accomplished what Jim has accomplished over the last six years.


Realo Discount Drugs

"White & Allen is particularly valuable to me because they are an excellent one-stop shop. They have a great lineup of specialty attorneys, all of whom are thorough and conscientious.

There has yet to be a question that I have asked them about my legal issues that they haven't answered correctly.

White & Allen has assisted in my profitability here by ensuring that the corporate structure and my involvement with it are to my best benefit. White & Allen has handled acquisitions, partnerships, and real estate issues for me and they could help with a speeding ticket if need be. They pretty much tell me what I can and can't do, and I listen."

Office Locations

Greenville Office
620 Lynndale Ct
Ste. D
Greenville, NC 27858
Kinston Office
106 South McLewean Street
PO Box 3169
Kinston, NC 28502-3169
Morehead City Office
304 N. 35th Street
PO Box 712
Morehead City, NC 28557
New Bern Office
901 College Court
New Bern, NC 28563

Snow Hill Office
216 N Greene St
Snow Hill, NC 28580

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