Ralph S. Pennington

Ralph was born in Heidelberg, Germany.

Except for the short time he was in Germany after birth and the three years he spent in Chapel Hill to attend law school, he has lived his entire life in Wilmington, NC.

Ralph graduated in 1981, after just three years at UNC-Wilmington, with a Bachelors degree in Philosphy and Religion, magna cum laude and with honors.  He was inducted to the honor societies of Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.  He graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1984.

Ralph was admitted to practice law in August 1984 and is currently admitted to practice in all state courts of North Carolina and also in the Federal Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Ralph started his legal career with a local firm concentrating in litigation. In 1989, he opened his own practice.  Since that time, he has concentrated his practice in the areas of Family Law, Divorce and Mediation.

He was licensed to mediate Superior Court cases in 1996 and was licensed to mediate Family Law financial cases in 2000.   He has mediated hundreds of cases, mostly in the area of Family Law.

During the last 25 years, Ralph has put particular emphasis on business valuations in the context of Family Law and Divorce.  He has been involved in the valuation of numerous companies for his family law clients.  He has also handled a number of appeals before the appellate courts of North Carolina.

After 29 years of practice, Ralph is currently concentrating on mediating cases for other attorneys and litigants without attorneys.  He also takes select Family Law cases and Family Law appeals.  He is available for consultation and association in complex Family Law cases with a special emphasis on business valuation.

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