Skye has advised clients on complex legal issues for more than 23 years. Her practice is focused on civil litigation in the areas of environmental, business, real property, construction, and insurance litigation. She has extensive experience in the areas of product liability, fire and water losses, personal injury and motor vehicle accidents and has handled trials, hearings, mediations, settlement negotiations and motions throughout her career. Skye excels at forging relationships with clients, experts and opposing counsel, allowing her to efficiently resolve disputes for her clients.

Experience Highlights

(Every case is different and depends on its own unique facts. Results may vary.)

As lead counsel, negotiated multiple favorable settlements totaling more than a million dollars in complex product liability cases involving the manufacture and installation of gas piping.

Mediated numerous favorable settlements as lead counsel in product liability cases involving defective toilet water supply lines.

Obtained summary judgment for management company and owner in a slip and fall premises liability case.

Obtained a favorable appellate ruling regarding landowner and management company duties of care.

Obtained a favorable appellate ruling on personal jurisdiction defenses.

“Skye is able to see the big picture while mastering the details needed to succeed in litigation. She clearly views the long game while marshalling facts and evidence to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients. She accomplishes this while providing steadfast support to her clients and retaining collegiality with opposing counsel. Skye is the ideal attorney for any situation.”

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Education & Admissions

Education
Vermont Law School – Masters of Studies in Environmental Law 1997, cum laude
Conservation Law Foundation Internship; Research Assistant to Director of Environmental Law Center; Student Bar Association, M.S.E.L. Representative

Cumberland School of Law – JD 1996
American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Editing Member; Honor Court Chief Justice; Women in the Law President; Trial Advocacy Board Chair; ABA National Trial Team; Director Freshman Trial Competition; Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow; Clerk, Jefferson County Circuit Court, Birmingham, AL; Law Clerk, Floyd County District Attorney’s Office

Davidson College – BA 1992

Admissions
North Carolina 1997
Georgia 1996 (Inactive)
Maryland 2000 (Inactive)

United States District Courts – Eastern and Western District Courts of North Carolina

 

Professional Affiliations

North Carolina Bar Association

Wake County Bar Association

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Speaking & Publications

Ex Parte Snell:  The Expanding Controversy of the Admissibility of Prior Statements, 19:2 Am J. Trial Advoc. 435 (1995)

Update
to Volume II of RICHARD BROOKS, TOWARD COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY:  VERMONT’S ACT 250 (Vol. I 1996, Vol. II 1997)

Community

Orange County Volunteers for Youth – Board of Directors since 2010, Past President and Treasurer

Orange County Teen Court Volunteer – Judge since 2010

Durham County Teen Court Volunteer – Judge 1997-2000

ArtsCenter, Carrboro, previous Board of Directors