Michael D. MaurerAttorney/Owner
Before moving to North Carolina to open his own law practice, Mike spent much of his life in Tennessee and Florida. He attended undergrad at Florida State University, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and went on to become a police officer (later being promoted to detective). During his five-year tenure as a law enforcement officer, he investigated hundreds of car wrecks and other types of accidents—many of which involved catastrophic injuries or death. As a detective, he investigated a multitude of crimes ranging from white collar financial crimes to violent crimes.
Mike ultimately went on to law school and attended night classes at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida to accomplish this goal. During the daytime, he worked as an injury claims investigator for insurance companies. In these dual roles, Mike not only learned about the law, but also about how things work in the world of insurance claims and investigations. This experience would ultimately prove critical to Mike's development into the lawyer he is today.
After law school, Mike gained substantial courtroom and jury trial experience as an Assistant State Attorney (Florida's equivalent of Assistant District Attorney) and served as lead counsel in over 50 jury trials. He took his courtroom experience in criminal law and applied to the civil side. Mike went to work for two of the largest auto insurance companies in America: GEICO and State Farm. There, he gained additional trial experience and in-depth knowledge of the defense and litigation of personal injury claims.
Mike became Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate in 2013 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The NBTA is accredited by the American Bar Association under procedures and criteria endorsed by the North Carolina State Bar. Applicants must undergo a rigorous evaluation process involving, among other things, confidential peer and judicial reviews.
Mike is also rated "AV Preeminent" by the world's largest lawyer rating service, Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating and a significant accomplishment—a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Mike also had the honor of being a guest instructor at the prestigious National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C in 2011.
All of Mike's experience has enabled him to be an effective and well-rounded trial lawyer. That, coupled with his tenacious advocacy and superior work ethic lets him help his clients in the best possible way.
When he is not working, you might find him spending time with family and friends, hiking, snow skiing, riding his bikes, or volunteering his time for a wide variety of causes.