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John T. Briggs
John Briggs was born in Durham and raised in Butner, Granville County, N.C., where he attended South Granville High School. After graduation in 1983, he attended N.C. State University followed by East Carolina University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. John then attended law school at Campbell University Norman A. Wiggins School of Law (Class of ‘91), was commissioned an officer with the U.S. Navy Reserve, and completed Officer’s Indoctrination School while attending law school.
After graduating with a Juris Doctor Degree, John attended Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., following which he boarded the Guided Missile Cruiser USS Chosin in Pearl Harbor, H.I. for continued training. John was then ordered to Naval Legal Service Office Yokosuka, Japan for three years where he served his country as a JAG officer and defense attorney.
In 1994, John joined the distinguished trial lawyer Mr. Norman Kellum as a personal injury attorney with the Kellum Law Firm. Here he has remained for over 24 years practicing in areas which include personal injury law, wrongful death law, workers’ compensation law, and social security disability. It has been and will continue to be John’s pleasure to serve the injured and fight for the compensation they need and deserve!
Memberships and Awards
- NC State Bar since 1991
- SC State Bar since 2001
- U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. 1989-1999 (LCDR) Honorable Discharge
- United States Court of Military Appeals
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice – Tort Section
- Craven County Bar Association
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
- CarolinaEast Foundation, President 2008-2012
- Friends of Animal Services, Board of Directors 2017
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers – The National Trial Lawyers
- 2016 Client Satisfaction Award – American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
- Peer Review Rated for High Professional Achievement and Ethical Standing
- AVVO Rated 10 (Superb)
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~ Our Team ~
Norman B. Kellum, Jr.
Mr. Kellum, the Company owner/founder - licensed to practice law in North Carolina 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.