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Our staff have the experience and dedication to achieve sound results.

Stephanie Whiddon, NC Board Certified Paralegal

Stephanie Whiddon earned her Associate Degree in paralegal technology in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2010. Stephanie was awarded membership in the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and obtained her North Carolina State Bar Paralegal Certification in June 2006. Stephanie has more than 20 years of paralegal experience, with 15 years exclusively in the area of family law and federal criminal defense. Stephanie is now the managing paralegal for GreeneWilsonCrow, overseeing all paralegal and legal assistant work product. As a family law paralegal, Stephanie assists clients in issues related to divorce, custody, domestic violence, equitable distribution, child support, and alimony. As a federal criminal paralegal, Stephanie assists clients in discovery review and notation, electronic filing, and case coordination. Stephanie’s successful career as a paralegal, both in family law and federal criminal law, provides clients with assistance in the day to day progress with their cases.

Paula Adkins, Legal Assistant

Paula Adkins has more than 22 years of experience exclusively in the area of state criminal defense in Craven County. Her experience ranges from assisting in handling minor traffic infractions to high class felonies. Prior to becoming a Legal Assistant, she completed Basic Law Enforcement Training and served as a correctional officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Paula also served as an eligibility specialist for the Department of Social Services for over 13 years. Paula’s range of practical experience in the North Carolina criminal justice system has proven time and again to be a great asset to our clients. She is the firm’s “client advocate,” focusing particularly on clients in custody.

Maegan Whiddon, Legal Assistant

Maegan Whiddon has more than nine years of experience here at GreeneWilsonCrow and has worked in all aspects of the our firm. She is currently assisting clients as the State Criminal Manager.

Keith Smith, Paralegal and Technology Manager

Keith Smith earned his Associates in Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2011.  Keith currently is a Paralegal managing our Federal Division and is primarily responsible for case management, trial preparation, and case strategy execution. Keith’s varied interests in World Religions, Philosophy, Sociology and Criminal Justice have resulted in him learning the languages of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. His fluent Spanish has proven to be a great asset for assisting our Spanish speaking clients and their families. Prior to his work as a paralegal with the firm, Keith managed a facility law library where he assembled a strong working knowledge of post-conviction and appellate rights for federal inmates.  In addition to his paralegal responsibilities with the firm, Keith manages the firm’s technology.

 

Amanda Wagner, Legal Assistant/Client Intake Coordinator

Amanda Wagner currently is a Legal Assistant assisting in federal and state criminal matters. She is also the Client Intake Coordinator, wherein she processes all new matters for our clients. Amanda has more than 15 years of experience working in law firms in Virginia and North Carolina. She moved to Craven County recently with her family. Aside from working at GreeneWilsonCrow, Amanda enjoys sightseeing and reading, and loves the beach.

Raquel Smith, Legal Runner/File Clerk/ Facilities Manager

Raquel is from Washington and was raised in the mountains of Virginia. Her attention to detail and ability to organize have been of great value to GreeneWilsonCrow. Raquel is the office runner and file room clerk.

Sheryl Harris, Legal Assistant

Sheryl Harris earned her Associates of Arts Degree in 2011 and is a native of New Bern, North Carolina. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has more than 12 years of experience in all aspects of office management. She has been a member of GreeneWilsonCrow since 2019.  Sheryl works as a Legal Assistant in our Criminal State, DSS, and Domestic Divisions and is primarily responsible for case management, trial preparation and case strategy execution.

 

Marcus Ferguson, Paralegal

Marcus Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Mississippi University for Women and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. During the summer of 2016, he studied at the University of Oxford and took course in Comparative Legal Studies. Marcus is a native of southern Ohio and he moved to Richlands, North Carolina to be closer to his family. Marcus has over three years of experience as a legal assistant and he is currently studying for the North Carolina Bar Examination.

Julie Oldani, Office Manager

Julie earned her Associates in Business Administration degree in 1988.  As Office Manager she oversees the administrative activities to ensure our law firm operates efficiently and smoothly.  Julie has lived in New Bern for fourteen years, where she enjoys time with her family and being on the water.

Benjamin Grear, Office Runner and File Room Clerk

Benjamin Grear is currently enrolled at the Epiphany School of Global Studies. Ben was born in Buffalo, New York, but has lived in New Bern since the age of 5. He is an intern for the office runner and file room clerk. His detail oriented mind and punctuality makes him a valuable asset to GreeneWilsonCrow. He enjoys boating on the river and spending time with friends. He is a firm believer in doing it right the first time and will stop at nothing to accomplish the task at hand.

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