Lincoln Derr attorneys Gwendolyn Lewis and Jeremy Sugg were honored to speak to North Carolina Central University (“NCCU”) School of Law students for their series “A Day in the Life of a Small Firm Litigator.” They shared insights on our small firm culture, compared big and small firm experiences, and shared examples of typical daily workflows (spoiler… small law firm litigator days are rarely typical).

NCCU School of Law is a nationally ranked leader in legal education, offering an array of clinical courses and opportunities that prepare practice-ready graduates for careers in public service, the private sector, and business. Their mission is to provide a high quality, personalized practice-oriented, and affordable legal education to historically underserved students to help diversify the legal profession.

Ms. Lewis and Mr. Sugg discussed the workflow tempo of a small firm litigator often depends on an unpredictable trial schedule. They emphasized small firm culture often promotes efficient communication, enhanced collaboration, and access to senior partners. They shared how our small firm is nimble and leverages technology that rivals most large firms.

When considering firm size, students were encouraged to flesh out firm culture. ” We like each other, support each other, and management supports our individual growth,” Lewis boasts of the Lincoln Derr culture.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with NCCU and its law students whom we are certain have bright futures.


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Gwendolyn W. Lewis

Gwendolyn W. Lewis practices in the area of general civil litigation with a focus on employment litigation and counsel, healthcare litigation and counsel, and business litigation. Well-versed in a full range of counseling and litigation issues for employers, she passionately advances the interests of her clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Jeremy Sugg

Jeremy Sugg handles matters ranging from contract and real-estate disputes to defamation and products liability claims.  Whether for individuals, small businesses or large corporations, he guides his clients through the litigation process with full knowledge of the risks involved and an eye towards the most comprehensive resolution.

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