ED PRESSLY is a native of Statesville, NC. A graduate of Erskine College, Mr. Pressly obtained his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1976. He has conducted an active trial practice in Iredell County for 25 years regularly helping those with serious injuries. Mr. Pressly regularly appears for his clients in all levels of the N.C. Court System as well as the N.C. Industrial Commission. He has appeared as lead counsel in cases before the N.C. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The main emphasis of Mr. Pressly's practice deals with helping those who have suffered serious injury.
Mr. Pressly is licensed by the State Bar of North Carolina and is an active member of the 22nd Judicial District Bar, having served previously as its President. He has also served as the President of the Iredell County Bar and is an active member of the North Carolina Trial Lawyers Association.
GARY THOMAS is a 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 1981 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. After earning his law degree, Mr. Thomas became an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminal cases. Since 1984 he has been in private practice concentrating in a civil trial practice in all the courts of North Carolina and the N.C. Industrial Commission. He has tried contract cases and insurance cases. His primary emphasis has been on injury and wrongful death cases arising from accidents, injuries from
product defects and workers' compensation injury and disease cases. He also is a certified mediator.
Mr. Thomas is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He also is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and a former president of the Iredell County Bar and the 22nd Judicial District Bar. He has served as the four county representative on the North Carolina State Bar Council which licenses, regulates and disciplines attorneys and is a member of the
State Judicial Council which is chaired by the Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.
JESSIE CONLEY is a former District Court Judge of the Twenty-second Judicial District. She is a 1981 graduate of Duke University and a 1984 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Ms. Conley is a former criminal prosecutor and served as a District Court Judge for four years and obtained certification for juvenile hearings while on the bench. She has been actively involved in the pilot program for the Judicial District which implemented court ordered mediation settlement conferences.
Ms. Conley is a practitioner member of the North Carolina Association of Professional Family Attorneys and the North Carolina Bar Association alternative dispute resolution and family law sections. A past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Mediation Center, Ms. Conley was an active member of the Center from 1986 until 1995.She currently serves as Presidentof the Iredell County Bar Association.