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I was born and raised in eastern North Carolina and attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I graduated in 2000 before attending law school at Wake Forest University and graduating in 2003. As the son of two public school educators I always had a strong desire to help the people of North Carolina. During law school I received a scholarship from the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation as well as awards for the highest grade in both my Trial Practice class and my Education Law class. I also participated in law school clinical placements with the Legal Aid Society of North Carolina’s Winston-Salem office as well as the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office and a private criminal defense firm in Winston-Salem.
I joined Kellum Law Firm in 2003 after graduating from law school that spring and since then I have represented thousands of people throughout North Carolina in Social Security disability claims at various levels of the process. I have attended nearly 2000 Social Security disability hearings with Administrative Law Judges across North Carolina including hearing sites in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Wilmington, Asheville, Greenville, Roanoke Rapids, and Elizabeth City. I have also had the honor of representing many of our nation’s military service members in the Social Security disability claims process including members of the Wounded Warrior Battalion – East aboard U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and members of the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Bragg.
Since I began practicing law I have maintained memberships with the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), and the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR). I have always focused my law practice on helping people with disabilities and severe injuries fight for their right to the benefits and help they deserve. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and our two sons.
- North Carolina State Bar
- United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina
- J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2003
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
- North Carolina Bar Association Scholarship during law school• Wake Forest University School of Law awards for highest grade in Trial Practice and Education Law
• Honored for Dean’s List 5 times during college at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• National Honor Society student and multi-year letterman in varsity football, varsity baseball, and varsity track at Washington High School in Washington, North Carolina
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~ Our Team ~
Norman B. Kellum, Jr.
Mr. Kellum, the Company owner/founder, practices out of New Bern, NC, and has been licensed in NC for 50+ years.
John T Briggs
Mr. Briggs, our firm executive officer, with over 25 years of experience, practices in the areas of Personal Injury Law.
Russell L. Needell
Mr. Needell has been licensed for 37+ years and has broad experience and capabilities in personal injury law.
Jeffrey Warren Phillips
Jeffrey Phillips handles cases in Personal Injury, Social Security and practices out of New Bern, NC. Mr. Phillips has been licensed for 15+ years.
~ Attorneys 'Of Counsel' ~
Ms. Boyer has over 13 years as a Workers’ Compensation Attorney, helping injured victims with compensation claims.
Mr. Strickland's focus is on Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation Law.
Mr. Falk practices in the areas of personal injury law, car accident claims, traffic matters, and social security disability. He is from Rocky Mount, NC., and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
What sets Dustin apart is his unparalleled passion and drive to ensure his client’s rights are protected. He has a proven record working within the system to achieve the results his clients desire.
Mr. Doggett actively practices in both federal and state courts, his focus being on personal injury, auto accidents etc.
Director of Operations
Mr. Keenhold has steered the firm's operations for 17+ years, he has a B.S in Marketing from Plymouth State University.