Jennifer grew up in rural Randolph County, North Carolina. She attended Liberty School and Eastern Randolph High School. Jennifer then attended East Carolina University and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in philosophy and psychology.
After ECU, Jennifer moved to the Big Easy to attend the Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. There She predominately studied the common law tradition, which is the law used in all states but Louisiana. Jennifer also had the opportunity to study the Civil law tradition (originating from the Napoleonic Code and is used in Louisiana) at a summer session at the University of Vienna, Austria. Jennifer primarily focused on criminal law, white collar crime, trial advocacy, family law, business organizations, bankruptcy, and tax law. During the summer immediately preceding her 3L year, Jennifer interned with the High Point Public Defender’s Office. As an intern, she tried cases, entered guilty pleas, assisted attorneys with jury trials, drafted motions, and researched and briefed legal issues.
After graduating from law school, Jennifer has been engaged in the private practice of law. Her career has taken her to Guilford, Wake, Orange, Durham, Moore, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Davidson, Davie and Randolph Counties. She first began a solo practice in Randolph County in 2007. In her solo practice, Jennifer successfully handled a wide variety of matters, including family/domestic cases, criminal defense, civil litigation, and general counsel services to local businesses. She also has a great deal of experience with juvenile, DSS, Guardian ad Litem, and competency matters.
Jennifer is an active member of the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce. She serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Randolph Family Healthcare at MERCE, as an advisor for the Goodwill Business Advisory Council, and is one of many pro bono attorneys for domestic violence cases from legal aid and family crisis. Jennifer has often been a guest speaker for Goodwill Industries to assist others in the procurement of employment. She has also served as a defense attorney advising the Randolph County Drug Treatment Court Program and was an assistant coach for the Asheboro High School mock trial team.
Lucas grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland near Ocean City. As a native of the Delmarva Peninsula, Lucas spent a lot of time on the Chesapeake Bay and the Wicomico River working with his father, a merchant marine and part time commercial waterman, catching and selling blue crabs and oysters. In high school, Lucas played football, basketball, indoor/outdoor track, and tennis. He arrived in North Carolina in 1997. After graduating from Greensboro College in 2002 with degrees in English and Religion, Lucas became an English Teacher for Guilford County Schools. In 2005, Lucas moved to Charlottesville, VA to attend the University of Virginia School of Law. While in law school, Lucas became very interested in labor and employment law, commercial litigation, federal regulatory agencies, and other areas of civil practice.
During his summers attending law school, Lucas worked in a number of large civil litigation firms with national presence. In that capacity, Lucas began applying and furthering his knowledge of labor and employment law, working on FMLA, ADA, ADEA, NLRA, FLSA, Title VII, WARN, and State Wage and Hour matters. Upon graduating from UVA in 2008, Lucas refused a variety of other offers and returned to the Triad to work in a corporate litigation firm, making appearances and filings in numerous state and federal courts in a variety of commercial litigation matters. While working in that capacity, Lucas continued to develop his knowledge of both state and federal employment law and commercial litigation.
However, in 2010, Lucas decided to gain insight into the practice of criminal law and began working for the Randolph/Montgomery District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney. In that capacity, Lucas has been responsible for the prosecution of DWI's, sexual crimes, property crimes, violent crimes, financial crimes, traffic offenses, licensing offenses, and more. Furthermore, through advising local law enforcement officials, Lucas has gained extensive knowledge of North Carolina's gaming laws, including sweepstakes, raffle, and gambling provisions. Lucas has prosecuted cases before juries and has prosecuted in three different counties. These experiences have placed Lucas in frequent and direct interaction with local law enforcement officials, other defense attorneys, and judges.
Lucas is a former competitive bodybuilder who maintains a very strict workout regimen involving weightlifting, speed training, sprinting, and boxing. He has also been playing lead/rhythm guitar for over twenty years and has played rock, pop, rhythm and blues, and country in various North Carolina and Maryland venues. As a result, Lucas has an extensive collection of new and vintage electric guitars. Also, he is an avid Oakland Raiders fan and enjoys sports, politics, and science fiction. Lucas is also an avid animal lover and has two rescue cats, Bellamy and Josie.
B.A., English & Religion (Double Major), Business Administration and Economics (Minor), Greensboro College, 2002, Cum Laude.
Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law, 2008.
Robert E. Wilhoit
Robert E. Wilhoit was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and has over 30 years of legal experience. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, and a graduate and member of the charter class of Campbell University School of Law. Wilhoit’s legal education also includes studies at Notre Dame Law School at the London School of Economics.
He is the attorney for the City of Randleman and the Towns of Ramseur and Staley. He is counsel for Randolph Community College. He also serves as counsel for the Seagrove/Ulah Metropolitan Water District. He has represented the Piedmont Triad Regional Water Authority in various capacities. He represented Randolph County Schools for over eighteen (18) years, and is a former chair of NC Council of School Attorneys (2008-2009).
Attorney Wilhoit has always been an avid community volunteer. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees (2016-2017) for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Randolph, the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA and Randolph County Senior Adults Association. He was co-chair of the Senior Adults Association capital campaign to relocate to the former Acme-McCrary building across from Asheboro City Hall. He is on the Board of Directors for the Richard Petty Museum. He is also a member and past president of Randolph Rotary. He is married and the father of three children, R. Tyler Wilhoit, Lindsay W. Cox and Christopher Wilhoit.
Mr. Wilhoit is currently a partner in the firm of Bennett, Horner, & Wilhoit in Asheboro, North Carolina. His law practice focuses on real estate, municipal law, wills/estate administration, education law, personal injury/wrongful death, business and corporate law, traffic law, civil litigation, land use, as well as zoning and condemnation.