Attorney A. Patrick Roberts Testimonial Raleigh North Carolina Lawyer Wake County Criminal Defense
Beason and Ellis Conflict Resolution
I presently serve as a mediator for the Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conference Program in North Carolina, the Office of Administrative Hearings in North Carolina, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western districts in North Carolina. I have trained more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in North Carolina and South Carolina in my capacity as a Primary Trainer for Dispute Management, Inc. and the Duke Private Adjudication Center, having lectured in twenty forty-hour sessions since January 1993. I have conducted seminars introducing mediation to litigators for the Superior Court Programs in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina. I participated on a panel for the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association on Ethics in Mediation.
I am a principal organizer for a seminar for invited attorneys on mediation and medical malpractice in North Carolina. I presented an ethics workshop on the Standards for Mediators for the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. I have recently served as the course coordinator, lecturer and moderator for a NC Bar Association ethics seminar introducing North Carolina’s Standards of Professional Conduct for Mediators. I chaired the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism for the Dispute Resolution Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. The committee has developed ethical standards for mediators in North Carolina that have now been adopted by the Dispute Resolution Commission.
In October 1995, Chief Justice Burley Mitchell appointed me as one of the two certified mediators serving on North Carolina’s first Dispute Resolution Commission. From 1986-1989, I served as chair of the Mediation Committee for the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. I served as the only attorney member of the Child Custody Mediation Advisory Committee for the Administrative Office of the Courts for the State of North Carolina from 1989-1993. A forty hour course required by the Supreme Court of North Carolina Rules Implementing Court Ordered Mediated Settlement Conferences, for mediation of matters in North Carolina.
Divorce Mediation in North Carolina
John is a Certified Mediator for Family Financial Settlements and accepts party selected designations as mediator as well as accepting court-appointed designations in certain counties in North Carolina. Mr. McNeil is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2001. Prior to attending law school, John attended East Carolina University and North Carolina State University before finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a B.A. in Political Science.
At Wake Forest University School of Law, John was a member of the Student Bar Association, was Vice-Justice of Phi Alpha Delta, participated in Moot Court, and was the Assistant-Editor of the WFU Law School newspaper. Since finishing law school, John’s career has included helping clients through the financial and emotional impact of their divorces, working as an associate in complex civil litigation cases, and defending clients in criminal and traffic matters. He regularly attends Continuing Legal Education courses in order to better serve his clients. John prefers to help his clients resolve life’s issues and legal matters through good decision-making and compromise rather than by taking their personal matters into the courtroom. Mr.
McNeil focuses his experience, determination, and intelligence on serving and protecting the clients of McNeil Law Firm during what can be some of life’s most difficult challenges. John joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1986, volunteered to be a Scout in the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Mr. McNeil received numerous service awards and medals, achieving the rank of Sergeant and led Marines in the Panama Invasion, Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He has traveled to five continents and throughout the Mediterranean, traversed the Suez Canal, and trekked through the Arctic Circle. John spends his spare time with his family, his children and grandchildren and traveling around the country on his motorcycle.
Raleigh Family Law Attorney & Certified Arbitrator, Lynn Burleson
Lynn Burleson is a native of Albemarle, North Carolina. He was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina after receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Before joining Tharrington Smith, Mr. Burleson served as a district court judge and was a partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton. He has served as an adjunct professor of law for the Wake Forest University School of Law and High Point University.
Mr. Burleson practices exclusively in the field of family law. He is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Family Law and is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He frequently serves as a faculty member of the national AAML Matrimonial Law Arbitration Institute. In 2009, he became one of only 100 divorce attorneys from across the United States to be inducted as a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers.
He has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on the Board of Governors of the Association. Mr. Burleson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for his service to the Family Law Section. Mr. Burleson is a frequent speaker at law schools and at continuing legal education programs and has presented manuscripts on a wide range of topics including absolute divorce, divorce from bed and board, alimony, child support, sanctions, qualified domestic relations orders, employee benefits, discovery of corporate records by minority shareholders, ethics, counsel fees, mediation, neutral evaluation, use of referees, classification and distribution of marital assets, marital property valuation, family law contracts, breach of confidential relationships, and arbitration.
Mr. Burleson is certified as an arbitrator by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.