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200 South Lewis StreetPost Office Box 457Tabor City, North Carolina 28463
Columbus County - MAIN OFFICE
Telephone: 910-653-3682/2082Fax: 910-653-5726

130 Jefferson StreetPost Office Box 1302Whiteville, North Carolina 28472
Columbus County
Telephone: 910-640-1485/2847Fax: 910-640-3132


Our Mission is to provide quality legal services to our clients through the general practice of law. Whether the legal work involves a crisis, such as personal injury, wrongful death, or the death of a loved one, or domestic problems, litigation to resolve conflicts, or legal counseling and guidance for decisions, we are here to serve you. We provide free consultation in insurance, personal injury, traffic, worker's compensation, and wrongful death matters.

As trial lawyers, we try cases in both state and federal courts. We understand and encourage the resolution of disputes through negotiation and settlement; however, we also zealously pursue our cases in court if an out-of-court resolution is not acceptable or feasible.

When your legal needs involve areas of the law in which the assistance of legal specialists is necessary, we work closely with other attorneys specializing in such areas of the law as tax, bankruptcy, patents, or medical malpractice.

Our firm has built a reputation for integrity and professionalism since its establishment in 1932, and we are here to assist you in a variety of legal situations.

Contract Law Juvenile Law
Corporate Law and Business Litigation Municipal Law
Criminal Law Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
DWI Automobile Accidents
Driver's License Matters Defective Products
Drug Charges On-the-job Injuries
Felonies Professional Malpractice
Traffic Court Products Liability Law
Family Law Real Estate
Adoptions Deed Preparation
Child Custody Property Litigation
Divorce Real Estate Closings
Equitable Distribution Social Security and Disability Law
Name Changes Tort Law
Support Wills and Probate Law
Insurance Law Estate Administration
Insurance Bad Faith Worker's Compensation
Wrongful Delay Zoning and Land Use Law


DUNCAN F. McGOUGAN, JR. (1921-1994).

Born Horry County, South Carolina, October 8, 1944; admitted to bar, 1971, North Carolina.
Education: University of North Carolina (A.B., 1967; J.D., 1971). Phi Beta Kappa.
Recipient, Outstanding Legislator, North Carolina Bar Association, 1985.
Member, North Carolina House of Representatives, 1975-1988.
Chairman, John Motley Morehead Foundation for Columbus County, 1976-1988.
Member, South Central Regional Morehead Foundation Committee, 1988-1992.
Director, Southeastern Community College Foundation, 1978--.
Member: Columbus County and North Carolina (Chairman, Committee on Legislative and Law Reform) Bar Associations;
North Carolina State Bar.
Support Staff: Suzette Leonard, Dee Lee, and Andrea Ward

Born Florence, South Carolina, June 20, 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, North Carolina.
Education: North Carolina State University (B.S., with high honors, 1978);
Campbell University (J.D., 1981). Delta Theta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa.
Member, Campbell Law Review, 1980-1981.
Research Teaching Assistant, Campbell University, 1979-1980.
Member: North Carolina Bar Association; North Carolina State Bar;
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers;
North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperative Attorney's Association.
Support Staff: Donna Edge, Michelle Ward, and Wanda Thompson

Born Washington, D.C., July 7, 1963; admitted to bar, 1990, North Carolina.
Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1985); University of North Carolina (J.D., 1989).
Former President of Columbus County Bar
Member: North Carolina Bar Association; North Carolina State Bar;
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Support Staff: Blonzenia Rouse

Born Conway, South Carolina, December 5, 1966; admitted to bar, 1995, North Carolina.
Education: North Carolina State University (B.A., 1989);
Campbell University (J.D., 1995). Phi Alpha Delta.
Member: North Carolina State Bar.
Support Staff: Tammie Pierce

Born Brooklyn, New York, March 16, 1973.
Education: Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts (B.S., 1991);
Wake Forest University School of Law (J.D. Candidate, 1999).
Robert F. Wagner, Sr. National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition Quarterfinalist;
Edwin M. Stanley Moot Court Competition Quarterfinalist;
George K. Walker Moot Court Competition Semifinalist.
Member: Moot Court Board; Trial Bar.

GENERAL COUNSEL FOR: Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.; Frank Horne Construction Co.; The Gore Co.;
Town of Boardman; Town of Brunswick; Town of Cerro Gordo; Town of Fair Bluff; Town of Tabor City.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Branch Banking and Trust; Cooperative Bank for Savings, Inc.; Tabor City; Tabor City Lumber Co.;
The Todd House; Atlantic Publishing and Paper.; Gore Trailer Manufacturing Co.; Nance Koonce Dev. Corp.

APPROVED ATTORNEYS FOR: Lawyers Title Insurance Corp.; Federal Land Bank of Columbia; Farmers Home Administration;
Veterans Administration; Investors Title; Title Company of North Carolina.


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Please email us at with your inquiries. We will attempt to respond to all emails within 24 hours. If you do not hear from us within 24 hours, please contact us at the above telephone numbers.

Office Hours and Appointments

The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. We are also open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The office is generally closed for holidays. After-hour appointments can be scheduled in advance for times when the office is closed. On Monday through Friday, the office is closed for lunch from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. Our voice mail system can route your call to the appropriate individual if made during non-business hours.

We ask for your cooperation and understanding in scheduling appointments. As a firm which is heavily involved with trial litigation, the attorneys are oftentimes called to court at the spur of the moment since North Carolina generally uses the roster call system and cases can be called upon short notice. We will use our best efforts to immediately notify you of the need to reschedule your appointment. Likewise, we understand that you may have conflicts that necessitate rescheduling your appointment, and we ask that you notify us at your earliest convenience.

In the event your attorney is unavailable, while our support staff cannot provide legal guidance, in many instances they can provide assistance and information relating to your case until your attorney can contact you.

Financial Arrangements

Our Attorney's fees and costs depend upon the kind of case we are handling for you. The different types of fee arrangements range from straight hourly rates, to contingency fees based on a percentage of amounts collected for you, to a combination of both. Also, the time for payment of legal fees depends on the type of legal service being rendered.

Financial arrangements for attorney fees vary according to the type of case. Please discuss you fee arrangement with your attorney at the first interview, and never hesitate to discuss fees at any time during the handling of your case if you have any questions.

Number of Visitors: since August 13, 1998