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Charles E. Rawlings, M.D., J.D.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Dr. Rawlings was actively involved in medical malpractice litigation as a consultant, case reviewer, and expert witness for fourteen years.  He served as a reviewer for more than 300 cases nationwide, and provided both deposition and trial testimony in more than twenty-five cases. In addition to providing medical expertise , he acted as a consultant to a number of attorneys and law firms in matters concerning trial preparation.  
The combination of his many years of experience in the medical field, extensive involvement in malpractice litigation as a consultant and expert witness, and his official entry into the legal profession, places Dr. Rawlings in a position to offer a wide range of services to his clients.  

Cases at the intersection of law and medicine require specialized knowledge not only of the legal system, but also of the medical profession and medicine itself.  Accurate, thorough knowledge of both as well as access to the right resources are critical to a client's success.

Dr. Rawlings can provide both the medical and legal expertise necessary to bring your case to a successful conclusion.  Dr. Rawlings has significant litigation experience and is also a Board-certified Neurosurgeon, who practiced neurosurgery in Winston-Salem, NC starting in 1991 and until enrolling in law school.   As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Rawlings is intimately acquainted with, and highly knowledgeable about, cases involving traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), birth accidents with neurological injuries, peripheral nerve injuries (PNI), spinal nerve damages, spine damage, brain tumors, strokes, and a multitude of other neurological conditions and symptoms.  In addition, as a physician and surgeon Dr. Rawlings has extensive knowledge with regard to other medical mishaps. He has the experience, expertise, and technical knowledge to advise and represent you in medical malpractice actions. 

Professional Affiliations:
Bar of the State of North Carolina
Bar of the State of South Carolina
Bar of the State of New Jersey

Bar of the State of Texas

Bar of the State of Pennsylvania 

North Carolina Certified Mediator for Superior Court Actions
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Diplomat of the Board of Neurological Surgery
Congress of Neurosurgeons
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
American College of Legal Medicine
Professional Mediation Association
Association for Conflict Resolution
Fellow of the Explorer's Club
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Fellow of the American College Board of Certified Attorneys


Super Lawyers (2020)

Lawyers of Distinction (2018)

American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys - 10 Best Attorneys (2018)

The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 (2014, 2017)

CV Magazine's Attorney of the Year (2017)

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 25 Medical Malpractice Lawyers Association

Top Lawyers in North Carolina (2012)

Top 10% America's Most Honored Professionals 

BV Distinguished (2012) 

Duke University (MD, 1982)
Board Certification in Neurosurgery (1991)
Wake Forest University (JD, 2002)
Admitted to bar 2002 (North Carolina and New Jersey), 2003 (South Carolina)


Robert Kester, J.D.

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Robert is a native North Carolinian and a licensed North Carolina attorney. Robert completed his undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University and legal studies at Elon University School of Law.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Robert worked for nine years in retail sales and logistics. Now, as an officer of the court, Robert seeks to advocate for his clients in order to help bring a successful and efficient resolution to their case. Robert is a plaintiff's attorney representing individual clients in personal injury, medical malpractice, and professional negligence matters. Robert can also assist you with planning your simple estate. 

Bar Admission:

North Carolina, 2022


North Carolina State University, B.A. History, 2009

Elon University School of Law, J.D., 2021

Professional Affiliations:

North Carolina Bar Association

31st Judicial District Bar

Community Involvement:

Kenneth F. Kahn School of Law Advisory Board Member


James A. Crowe
Law Clerk

James Crowe has worked with the firm since its founding. Outside of the office he is an active member of the local arts community, serving on multiple committees and as a board member.

Mr. Crowe is not licensed to practice law in North Carolina or any other jurisdiction. 
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.A. 2002)
Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. 2007)

Google Digital Garage (Certification in Digital Marketing 2019)

North Carolina Notary Public


Winston-Salem Ambassadors 2021 Award

Tori Blakely
Legal Assistant

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