About Speaks Law Firm
Clarke Speaks is a well-intentioned youth sports coach. He coaches kids soccer and basketball. He makes up for his limited knowledge of youth sports with great effort and enthusiasm.
Ashley Smith is an accomplished divorce and child custody lawyer from Raleigh, North Carolina. Ashley had her own practice in Wake County, but wanted to relocate to Wilmington. She was recruited by several prominent law firms before she joined Speaks Law Firm to lead our divorce area of practice.
Chris Bell is an unrelenting advocate for the injured. He is always over-prepared for everything. This is a great benefit in the courtroom. However, he is also an expectant father. Those of us in the office who have kids cannot help but smile as he prepares for the chaos of fatherhood. When he is not fighting for fair compensation for injured people, Chris is an avid runner and bowler.
Debbie Black is one of the most well-respected paralegals in eastern North Carolina. She is the heart of our law firm. She genuinely cares for every client we have. Debbie retired early from IBM in 1992 to raise two boys. In 2000, after completing Paralegal Studies in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Debbie and her family moved back to her home state of North Carolina. Debbie then continued her studies at Cape Fear Community College for Advanced Medical Coding and Medical Terminology. In her free time, she sings in the Wilmington Choral Society and volunteers for various local charitable organizations that are involved with tramatic brain injuries and mental illness assistance.She is a wife and the proud mother of two outstanding young men. In her free time, she sings in the Wilmington Choral Society and volunteers for various local charitable organizations that are involved with traumatic brain injuries and mental illness assistance. Debbie enjoys time spent with her husband, two sons and two dogs. Debbie is a diehard 49ers fan.
Kristy Rodriguez is our office manager and client care coordinator. She works with hospitals, medical practices and other organizations to make sure we get the records we need for our injury clients. She works with clients to make sure their treatment is progressing on schedule. In addition, Kristy is a proud new mother. Also, she is our only famous team member. She is a recording artist and has performed at venues all over the eastern United States including the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida.
Speaks Law Firm is recognized by National Attorney ranking services for excellence in the fields of auto injury, workers’ compensation, and Divorce and Custody in North Carolina. We have received a “10” out of a maximum score of 10 by national attorney rating service AVVO. AVVO has also rated us “Superb” and “Top Car Accident Attorney”. In addition and for the several consecutive years we have been selected to Superlawyers by Thomson Reuters. We have also been selected to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the several years in a row.
Does this Recognition Really Matter
This recognition is important because it reflects our commitment to the relentless pursuit of the objectives of our clients. Every client is our most important client. These awards show that commitment.
Why Makes Us Special
We focus on each case like it is our only case. We thrive on finding creative, comprehensive and effective ways to exceed client expectations. We adhere to the highest standards of ethical conduct.
What We Do
We are Wilmington North Carolina accident and personal injury lawyers, auto accident lawyers, workers’ compensation lawyers, traumatic brain injury lawyers, state and federal criminal defense lawyers, divorce and child custody lawyers, and civil litigation attorneys.
Our office is located in Wilmington, North Carolina, but we represent people all over eastern North Carolina and the southeastern United States. We were founded in 1997. Our team of attorneys and support professionals at Speaks Law Firm has the knowledge, experience, and committment to vigorously protect and promote your rights. Call today for for more information.
Personal Injury & Workers Compensation. We use our experience, relationships, and determination to Maximize your Recovery in every personal injury case. Defendants do not want to pay claims. They do not want to pay for the injuries that they cause. They want you to go away. It is important that your law firm have broad and extensive trial experience in order to insure a fair settlement from the insurance company. Most of the time we do not have to try cases. But if necessary, we will. That is important, because if the firm you hire never tries cases (and most personal injury firms do not), why would a defendant every settle a claim for full value?
The answer: They would not. They will give just enough to make you go away. We have represented clients in serious injury cases, large tractor trailer truck cases, cases involving fire injuries and burns, and wrongful death cases all over North Carolina. We have successfully represented people in complex injury lawsuits and other civil litigation cases with hospitals, universities, large organizations, Banks, insurance companies and individuals. We help good people through tough times and succeed in the most complex and difficult legal conditions, because Every Client Is Our Most Important Client.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE. Due to our injury, workers’ compensation, and divorce caseload. We are not accepting criminal cases at this time. If you call we will be happy to refer you to another criminal defense attorney if we are able.
For years we have effectively represented thousands of people charged with criminal offenses such as traffic offenses, DWI and other criminal offenses. We also defend those charged with misdemeanor (such as assault, larceny, shoplifting, and simple possession of marijuana or paraphernalia. We defend those charged with felony offenses in State and Federal Court at the trial and appellate level. We can help with pre-arrest investigations, surrender, indictment, first appearance, bond hearings, motions, pleas, trials, sentencings, appeals and motions for appropriate relief. We have been successful in the most difficult and complex criminal cases because of our experience, attention to detail, client communication, and commitment to winning because Every Client Is Our Most Important Client.
Divorce and Custody. When a marriage ends, your finances and access to your children are usually the two biggest concerns. We can help you accomplish your legal objectives during these emotionally challenging times. We work hard to try to find common ground in every case. Many times divorce and custody issues can be resolved cooperatively by the parties. This is usually preferable because the parties retain more control than if we have a trial on these issues and leave the outcome up to a judge. Some issues cannot be resolved amicably and have to be tried. We do our best to accomplish your family law objectives without further stress to your family because Every Client Is Our Most Important Client.
Civil Litigation. Civil litigation is the process of legally resolving disputes between individuals or businesses. These disputes usually involve money. One party sues another for money damages. The other may deny liability and assert their own claims. We represent individuals and businesses in civil litigation cases throughout all stages of the litigation process-from the Civil Summons, to the Complaint, the Answer, Discovery, Interrogatories, Request for Admission, Request for Production of Documents, Depositions, Motions, Mediation, Arbitration, trial and appeal. We have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in these situations due to our broad range of trial experience, commitment to finding creative solutions to complex legal problems and because Every Client Is Our Most Important Client.