A Chapel Hill native, Syd is also a double Tar Heel. He earned his Bachelors in American Studies in 1971 and his law degree in 1975, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. Syd opened this firm the year he graduated from law school and has actively served the Chapel Hill community ever since.
As a general practitioner for over 40 years, Syd has substantial experience in many areas of law, including a wide variety of types of civil litigation, criminal defense, family law, and zoning matters. He is also experienced in arbitration and mediation. Syd’s experience and years in the community make him an excellent advocate in situations that are legally complex and sensitive.
For many years, Syd taught litigators how to litigate. He has served as a Clinical Instructor at Duke University’s School of Law and as an Adjunct Professor in the Trial Advocacy program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Law. He has served as a faculty member for numerous Continuing Legal Education programs and for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Syd is admitted to practice in the North Carolina Supreme Court, all state courts in North Carolina, as well as the Western, Middle and Eastern Federal Court districts. He is also admitted to the Middle District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Court, the 2nd and 4th Circuits of the Federal Court of Appeals, and to the United States Supreme Court.
Syd’s commitment to community is clear by his involvement with many community organizations. He has served on numerous boards including Habitat for Humanity, Carolina Center for Public Service, Farmer FoodShare and South Orange Rescue Squad. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Strowd Roses Foundation which he helped found. Syd and his wife, Laurie, are actively involved at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, where Syd has served multiple terms on the Vestry and has also served in a number of positions at the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.
Syd and Laurie raised three children in Chapel Hill and are delighted to now enjoy their six grandchildren, three of whom live in Chapel Hill as well.
Ask Syd about:
- Protecting your assets during a divorce
- His favorite courtroom story
- The pros and cons of mediation
- Growing up in Chapel Hill
- His grandchildren
- How and why the Strowd Roses Foundation was created
- The varieties of roses he grows
- Working at Blue Cross in the mid-1970’s