Matt Wilcut

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Matthew Wilcut originally planned to join the police force with an eye toward becoming a detective. While interning at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department during his last semester in college, detectives in the robbery division suggested he might first want to consider law school because of his interest in public service, research and investigatory work. It turned out to be great career advice.

Matt, a 2006 graduate of Appalachian State University and a 2013 graduate of Elon University School of Law, has joined the Deuterman Law Group’s Veterans Disability Benefits practice. He has been working on behalf of disabled veterans across the state since 2014, first as a volunteer with NC VetsCorp, an AmeriCorps program, and later as a staff attorney in the veterans practice group of Legal Aid of North Carolina. As part of his duties as staff attorney, he was also the supervising attorney for Duke Law’s Veterans Assistance Project.

While he works with veterans from all eras and with all conditions, Matt has sought to earn experience in cases specifically related to unreported military sexual trauma (MST) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many of his clients served in the military decades ago and have lived with the untreated psychological and physical effects of their traumas since that time. Matt chose to pursue this particular focus because he realized there were fewer avenues of obtaining expert assistance for veterans with these types of claims.

While in law school at Elon, he volunteered with the Innocence Project and was a student representative and solicitor on the Honor Council. He also served as a street law coach for a local middle school and was a member of the faculty selection committee.

Beyond his day-to-day work, Matt is active in organizations that focus on improving access to justice for veterans. He is vice chairman of the Military & Veterans Law Section of the N.C. Bar Association. He has helped operate multiple free legal services clinics for homeless veterans at Stand Down events in Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh and elsewhere across the state.

Matt was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 2013 and earned his VA accreditation in 2014. He was admitted to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in 2016.

His past legal experiences include positions with the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Justice, an Asheville estate law firm, and the inaugural class of Elon’s Elder Law Clinic.

Raised in Savannah and Charlotte, Matt lives in Greensboro with his wife, Caity.

In his free time, he enjoys live music, hiking and exploring Lake Brandt with his wife and their two Westies. He also is a self-taught JavaScript developer and enjoys participating in legal hackathons.

Danny Donovan

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Even when he was chasing his rock star dreams, Daniel Donovan was planning for his professional calling as an advocate for injured people. As the newest member of Deuterman Law Group’s personal injury team, Danny works to ensure that people who have been injured in automobile, motorcycle and truck accidents get the medical treatment and financial compensation they deserve, without being taken advantage of by insurance companies.

Prior to joining DLG, Danny worked as an attorney for Roane Law, representing clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Before that, he was a touring musician for six years with Weekend Excursion, a band he formed with friends at Page High School in Greensboro. In six years, the band recorded five albums and performed more than 700 shows in 24 states and 11 countries.

Danny played bass for the band, and he was also an owner and general manager, eventually overseeing an annual budget of $750,000 and a team of employees. Throughout college, Danny and his bandmates juggled their courses at Appalachian State University and a demanding touring schedule.

Even as the band worked to make it to the next level of mainstream success, being a rock star wasn’t Danny’s only end game. He always aspired to have some sort of professional career, as his parents had raised him to do, and he took pre-law courses at Appalachian, earning a degree in political science.

After the band ended its run, Danny enrolled at Elon University School of Law as part of its inaugural class. There, he found he had a true interest in every aspect of law. As a former performer, who is comfortable being on stage, he particularly enjoys courtroom litigation.

While at Elon, Danny studied with Roane, an adjunct professor, and started working part-time for his law firm. That led him to pursue a career in injury law.

Danny earned his juris doctor from the Elon School of Law in 2009. While at Elon, he served on the student appropriations committee. He volunteers as a mentor for incoming law students and was a member of the Alumni Counsel from 2009 to 2013.

He is a member of the N.C. State Bar, the N.C. Advocates for of Justice, the Greensboro Bar Association, and the Inn of Court.

Danny lives with his family in Greensboro.

Jack Waissen

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Jack Waissen leveraged his talent as a nationally competitive junior tennis player to earn a college scholarship that eventually led him to a career in law. As an injury attorney, he’s found a job that combines his passion for research and for helping people who have often been wronged by the system that is supposed to protect them.

Jack graduated summa cum laude from N.C. Central University with a double major in political science and criminal justice. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2016.

Originally from Basingstoke, England, a town about 50 miles southwest of London, Jack came to the United States on a tennis scholarship at N.C. Central. He started playing tennis at age 5 and was part of England’s national program as a junior. Around age 16, Jack decided to focus on education rather than pursuing tennis professionally. But he knew his talent on the tennis court could help him achieve his academic goals, so he set his sights on securing a tennis scholarship in the United States.

While at N.C. Central, he captained the men’s varsity tennis team and also played on the men’s varsity golf team. He was also an assistant coach for N.C. Central’s women’s varsity tennis team for one year.

After undergrad, Jack earned a full academic scholarship to law school in Alabama. While there, he didn’t have much time to play tennis. But he worked as a research assistant for several professors, served as articles editor for The Journal of the Legal Profession, and volunteered at Raise the Bar, a 6th grade mentoring program in Alabama. In college, he interned with Durham attorney James E. Rogers helping with research and casework.

While in law school, Jack was a summer associate at Alabama law firms Engel, Hairston & Johanson; Boardman, Carr, Bennett, Watkins, Hill & Gamble; Fischer and Associates; and Espy, Nettles, & Scogin. He gained experience in wrongful death, personal injury, insurance defense, and corporate litigation.

Jack was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 2016. At the Deuterman Law Group, he will be handling workers’ compensation cases out of both the Greensboro and Winston-Salem offices.

Jack and his wife, Kayla, recently moved to Winston-Salem with their two dogs.

In his free time, Jack is an avid sportsman, playing golf, tennis and league soccer. He also enjoys traveling – both weekend trips around North Carolina and longer excursions to Europe.

Gentry Hogan

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Gentry Hogan, a Navy Veteran from a family with a long history of military service, found his calling when he began representing Veterans in their disability claims. Gentry, who joined Deuterman Law Group in 2015, is one of fewer than a dozen attorneys in the state focusing exclusively on Veterans’ disability cases. 

He is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for his clients, who were hurt or disabled in service to their country.  He is quick to point out that VA benefits are not a gift, but a right – a contract between service members and their country.

Not only is he committed to securing benefits for Veterans, but Gentry also recognizes how important it is for them to be recognized for their service and sacrifices. One of the most important parts of his job is standing with Veterans and encouraging them as they navigate the bureaucratic VA benefits system.

At the end of each case, his goal is to ensure his clients receive the dignity and respect they deserve, as well as the financial and medical benefits that are their legal right.

Gentry has 25 years experience handling Social Security Disability cases, as a lawyer and non-attorney representative. Gentry’s parents both practiced Social Security Disability law in his hometown of Sanford. While he excelled in those types of cases, as well, his work with Veterans is clearly a passion.

As a service-connected vet, he feels a kinship with his clients – a bond only shared by others who have worn a uniform in service to their country.

Gentry combines that passion with a wealth of knowledge of the VA system that few other attorneys possess, resulting in positive outcomes for his Veteran clients who have been previously denied benefits.

He is certified to practice before the Veterans Administration. Gentry is also a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court bar, the only two courts authorized to hear VA benefits appeals outside of the Veteran’s Administration itself.

Gentry attended N.C. State University before transferring to the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, concentrating in English literature.

He earned his juris doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania in 1998. While there, he was managing student director of the Harrisburg Civil Law Clinic and author of the clinic’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing handbook. He was also president of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity.

Gentry was a partner in Wolf & Hogan, P.C., from 1998 to 2011, then practiced on his own at The Hogan Law Firm for four years before joining DLG. He is also a certified superior court mediator and owned MediationNC.org, where he mediated workers’ compensation cases and cases involving civil disputes and family law issues.

He is a member of the Supreme Court Bar of the United States, the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the N.C. Advocates for Justice, the National Association for Veterans’ Advocates and the American Association for Justice. He is an appointed member of the N.C. Bar Association’s Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

In 2009, he received the Order of Service from NCAJ, where he has also served two terms as chairman of the Disability Advocacy Section. He was named to the Who’s Who in Business Leaders in 2001.

Gentry has been a national speaker for the NOSSCR and the National Association of Disability Representatives.

Gentry is an extremely devoted family man. He and his wife, Anna, have four children, two girls and two boys.

As parents of a child with autism, they are active with the Autism Society of North Carolina. The family has also fostered rescued pets through the Franklin County Humane Society and Peak Lab Rescue.

Gentry and his family recently moved from Raleigh to Clemmons to be closer to the state’s regional VA office and the firm’s Winston-Salem office, where he is based.

Zachary Marquand

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Zachary Marquand began his professional career as a high school math teacher with Teach for America, working in a rural community in Eastern North Carolina. While he enjoyed working with students, Zach felt drawn to the idea of addressing issues of inequality through the legal system and made the decision to trade algebra, calculus, and geometry for law school.

Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Zach earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and Latin from DePauw University in Indiana.   As a college undergraduate, Zach was senior captain of the men’s swim team.

After devoting two years to Teach for America, Zach attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  There, he became immersed in pro bono work and spent time volunteering with the university’s Wills Project, the UNC Center for Civil Rights, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

While in law school, Zach worked as a law clerk for the Legal Aid of North Carolina and the N.C. Justice Center Foreclosure Prevention Project. In both jobs, he worked closely with clients who were facing foreclosure.  He also served as vice chair of the law school honor court and as an editor for the UNC Banking Journal.

Zach earned his juris doctor with honors from UNC School of Law  in 2012 and was admitted to the N.C. State Bar later that year.  He remains committed to pro bono work and community service, making him a great fit for the Deuterman Law Group.

Prior to joining the Deuterman Law Group, he worked as an immigration case manager at IBM in Durham, preparing visa applications for foreign nationals. He also worked as a research attorney for consumer and financial class action claims.

He now handles workers’ compensation claims at the Deuterman Law Group’s Winston-Salem office and enjoys working one-on-one with clients to help them overcome the problems they face and receive the compensation they deserve.

Zach lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Katherine.

Christine M. Burnside

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Christine Burnside has wanted to be an attorney since she participated in her high school’s mock trial program when she was 14 years old. In the years since, her love of the law has only grown with her experience.

Though she has worked in many areas of law, Christine’s true passion is helping injured and disabled people. At the Deuterman Law Group, Christine handles Social Security Disability cases. Her compassionate nature combined with her legal knowledge makes this a perfect fit for Christine.

Christine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with a degree in political science and a second major in English. Throughout college, she worked in the legal field as an office assistant at several firms.

Hoping to confirm the law was her true calling, she worked for two years as a legal assistant and office manager at Poisson, Poisson & Bower in her hometown of Wilmington. There she assisted on many different types of cases – workers’ compensation, estate law, criminal defense, personal injury, family law, traffic cases and civil litigation.

She enrolled at the UNC School of Law in 2009 and earned her juris doctor in 2012. She was admitted to the N.C. State Bar later the same year.

While in law school, Christine was active in the Student Bar Association, Carolina Law Ambassadors, the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association, Women in Law and the Hispanic Latino Legal Issues Division of the N.C. Advocates for Justice.

Christine worked throughout law school to help pay her tuition. She cleaned houses and worked as a receptionist at a salon, in addition to completing several internships.

She spent her summers working as a research assistant for a UNC professor, and also working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office of Counsel as a legal intern. She later earned a position as an American Bar Association and N.C. Bar Association Fellow in Environmental Law and was able to continue her work on a number of environmental issues, including enforcement of the Clean Water Act, with the Corps of Engineers.

Christine is of Colombian descent, and she would like to improve her knowledge of conversational Spanish so she can communicate directly with Spanish-speaking clients.

Like many at the Deuterman Law Group, Christine is passionate about community service.

In 2011, after her best friend died of breast cancer at age 26, Christine and her sister founded the Paint It Pink Gala. The annual event raises money for a breast cancer support group in North Carolina and, in just two years, the Paint It Pink Gala has collected more than $43,000.

Christine lives in Greensboro with her husband and their two children.

Timothy W. Hewlett

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Associate Attorney Timothy W. Hewlett grew up tagging along on jobs with his father. His dad was a hardworking paint contractor, who worked tireless hours without health insurance and struggled to provide for his family.

Those early experiences shaped Tim’s desire to protect the rights of working people and improve their working situations. He initially considered a career in labor law, working for unions, but ultimately chose to work one-on-one with injured workers.

At the Deuterman Law Group, Tim handles workers’ compensation cases, helping people get the benefits they deserve and need to continue their lives after being hurt on the job.

In 2017, he became a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious association of trial lawyers. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won milliondollar verdicts, awards or settlements for their clients. Fewer than 1 percent of attorneys in the United States are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and fewer than 100 attorneys in North Carolina have earned the distinction since the group was founded in 1993.

Tim, who graduated from Barton College in Wilson, N.C., with a bachelor’s degree in political science, had a successful career in retail before enrolling in law school. He managed a chain camera store in Northern Virginia and also worked on the chain’s acquisitions team.

But retail was not his passion. The law was.

He enrolled at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., and earned his juris doctor in 2002. He was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 2003.

While in law school, Tim worked in the legal department for AFSCME, AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest public service employees labor union. He also volunteered at his law school’s legal clinic, helping clients with bankruptcy cases, employment issues and landlord-tenant disputes.

Following his graduation from law school, Tim went into practice for himself, serving clients in Raleigh and Morehead City, where he was raised. This gave him experience in many areas, including family law, personal injury and workers’ compensation.

Later, Tim worked as an associate attorney for the Morrison Law Firm, PLLC, in Wilson, N.C.

Tim has a long history of community involvement. In college, he held several leadership roles with the Pi Kappa Phi national fraternity. He’s also been a volunteer soccer coach and a volunteer judge for the Morehead City Teen Court, an alternative court program for juveniles charged with misdemeanors.

Most recently, Tim has become involved with the Scleroderma Foundation after his wife was diagnosed with the chronic condition. His goal is to charter a North Carolina chapter of the organization and increase the number of support groups in the state.

Tim lives in Winston-Salem with his wife, Christy, and their two children.

C. Michael Broome

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Associate attorney C. Michael Broome has a history of representing real people in their fight for justice.

Michael was a solo practitioner before joining the Deuterman Law Group’s workers’ compensation team in 2012. In his own private practice, Michael helped people with wills, divorces, real estate transactions, custody matters and other legal issues.

Previously, he worked with the Land Loss Prevention Project helping small farmers maintain their farms as they dealt with bankruptcies, foreclosures and other legal problems.

Through his professional and volunteer work, Michael has a strong background in civil litigation, and he has a keen understanding of how legal issues can impact his clients’ lives. He is committed to helping his clients sort through these complicated issues so they can get their lives back on track.

A Piedmont Triad native, Michael hails from Danbury in Stokes County, where his family still lives. He graduated summa cum laude in 2004 from N.C. A&T in Greensboro with a double major in psychology and history. There, he was president of the largest organization on campus, the Peer Advising and Leadership Program. He was also involved with a number of other organizations and activities, including the Honors Debate Team, which he captained.

Michael earned his juris doctor from the UNC School of Law in 2007. In law school, he was a Deans Fellow, a member of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and he competed in the National BLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.

His prior legal work experience includes positions at Huron Consultants; Ellis and Winters, LLP, in Cary; The Women’s Center in Chapel Hill; Land Loss Prevention Project in Durham; and the Law Offices of W. Frank Porter in Charlotte.

Michael was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2008.

In 2014, he was elected to serve on the executive committee of the N.C. Advocates for Justice‘s Workers’ Compensation section. Part of the committee’s role is monitoring and responding to pending legislation that could impact the N.C. Workers’ Compensation Act and the rights of injured workers in North Carolina.

Michael lives in Greensboro.

Dan Deuterman

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Dan Deuterman is a spirited advocate for his clients inside and outside the courtroom.

In his law career, Dan has helped countless injured workers and their families obtain the medical care and the compensation they deserve. In fact, he has achieved some of the highest workers’ compensation settlements in the state of North Carolina.

Dan is one of a select group of board certified specialists in workers’ compensation law practicing in North Carolina. He also is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

 

Dan is deeply committed to community service and volunteer work. He supports a number of charities and community organizations through gifts of his time, expertise and financial contributions. Along with his wife, Dawne, Dan endows a scholarship at UNC School of Law.

He is politically active in protecting the rights of injured people, most notably as founder of the grassroots organization Protect N.C. Workers.

Dan received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987. He graduated from the UNC School of Law, J.D., and was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 1991.

He founded the Deuterman Law Group in 2003.

Dan has served in leadership positions with the N.C. Bar Association. He and the firm have been recognized for their pro bono work, ethics and community service.

Dan is a member of the N.C. Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the N.C. Bar Association (NCBA), the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG), the Greensboro Bar Association (GBA) and the Guilford Inn of Court. In 2005, he was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dan received the 2011 Ebbie Award, an award given annually by NCAJ’s president to members in recognition of service and inspired commitment to the organization. Also in 2011, Dan received a second award from the workers’ compensation section of the NCAJ for his “extraordinary service rendered to the section in furtherance of the preservation of justice for injured workers in North Carolina.”

The NCAJ has also recognized Dan as part of its Leader’s Forum and Circle of Advocates members who provide sustaining support to NCAJ’s legislative efforts.

In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Dan Deuterman was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in workers’ compensation law. The designation recognizes his experience, expertise and reputation among his peers.

Dan is a past recipient of the Power of Justice Impact Pro Bono Award in 2008, an award given by the N.C. Bar Association and Business Leader Media.

Dan lives in Greensboro with his wife, Dawne.  They have three sons and two granddaughters.

Casey S. Francis

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Casey Francis has a strong desire to help people, whether it’s through her work as an attorney or her role as a volunteer for numerous community groups. She joined the Deuterman Law Group in 2011 as an associate attorney in workers’ compensation, following previous stints here as a law clerk and new client coordinator. 

Casey is one of a select group of board certified specialists in workers’ compensation law practicing in North Carolina.

Since she joined the firm, Francis has been the lead attorney on workers’ comp cases involving Spanish-speaking clients with a focus on representing undocumented workers in their claims. She has unmatched experience in the state in these kinds of cases.

Francis has spoken at several Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars for the N.C. Advocates for Justice, teaching other attorneys in the state how to successfully represent undocumented clients in their workers’ compensation claims. She also planned a CLE on workers’ compensation for the N.C. Bar Association.

Casey speaks Spanish, as well as Modern Standard and Egyptian Arabic.

She is an active community volunteer, working most notably with animal rescue groups to find homes for abandoned animals and also participating in mission work through her church.

A native of Raleigh, Casey moved to the Triad as a teenager and attended Northwest High School in Greensboro. She graduated from magna cum laude from N.C. State in 2008, earning bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Politics with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She earned her juris doctor with honors in 2011 from the UNC School of Law. In the same year, she was admitted to the N.C. State Bar.

Casey is vice president and founding member of the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys’ Piedmont Triad Chapter. She is a member of the N.C. Bar Association, where she serves as a council member for the Workers’ Compensation Section. She is also a member of the N.C. Advocates for Justice, the American Association for Justice and the Young Lawyers Association.

Casey lives in Greensboro with her husband, Charles, and their three daughters.