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Are you in need of criminal or family legal services in Mocksville? Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP (formerly the office of Terry Law PLLC) is ready and available to help. Among their network of law professionals is Wendy Terry, the managing partner at the Mocksville office. The firm prides itself on providing clients with strong and capable legal services, standing ready to help you with whatever situation you are facing.

Wendy has been in practice since 1997, and for twelve of those years she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Davie and Davidson Counties. Mrs. Terry began private practice in 2018 focusing on criminal, family, and juvenile law. For the past three years, she has been the attorney for the Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center of Mocksville. Wendy also currently serves as the President for the District Bar. 

As of January 1st, Terry Law PLLC merged with Penry & Mitchell, PLLC in Lexington to form Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP. Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP is the first all female firm of any size in the local area.

Phyllis Penry, of counsel to Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP, was the first female attorney in the area and blazed the path for women in this judicial district. Phyllis is a lifelong resident of Davidson County and was admitted to the bar in 1975. In addition to private practice, Mrs. Penry has spent time as an Assistant District Attorney in Davidson County as well as serving as the attorney for the City of Lexington. 

Dawn Mitchell is the managing partner of the Lexington office. Dawn first served as a certified paralegal for Phyllis Penry before deciding to pursue her own legal career. Ms. Mitchell was admitted to the bar in 2014 and has been practicing in Lexington ever since with an extensive background in family law. Dawn recently earned her mediator certification and plans to begin mediating family law cases in the near future.  

Victoria Prince serves as an associate attorney at Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP in their Lexington office. Victoria is a recent graduate of the Elon University School of Law and focuses on family law. During her time at Elon University, Ms. Prince volunteered in their Elder Law Clinic and was president of the Elder Law Society. She also reactivated their Criminal Law Society and served as president and additionally served as Chair of the Honor Counsel.  

As well as being proud of their all-female slate of attorneys, the partners of PTM believe in the elevation of future generations of women. Ayana Banks, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate and the office manager at Terry Law, PLLC from 2018 until last month, just started classes at the Elon University School of Law where she is a scholarship recipient. Should Ms. Banks elect to return to Davie County after her legal education, she would be the only African American female practicing in the county. Mrs. Terry describes Ms. Banks as “particularly bright and caring with unlimited potential”. In addition to Ms. Banks, Allison Staley Quigley a recent honors graduate at Appalachian State University and former intern at the office, is attending law school this fall at the UNC Chapel Hill. Allison, a Davie County native, previously served as an intern for the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office and the Dragonfly Children’s Advocacy Center. “Allison has the capacity to be a shining star in the legal community and an unstoppable force for good” said Terry.

Community involvement is important to both the partners and staff at Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP. Wendy offers pro-bono services to Family Promise of Davie County, is on the board of Smart Start of Davie County, and along with her husband, serves as the coach for the mock trial team at Davie County High School. Phyllis has been involved with numerous community organizations including serving as chairman for the Board of Trustees for Davidson County Community College and a board member of Domestic Violence Services. Mrs. Penry currently serves as a member of the Charity League in Davidson County and board member for The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center. Dawn serves as a board member of the Davidson County Board of Elections in the position of board secretary. Ms. Mitchell along with Mrs. Terry values giving back to the legal profession via organizing local continuing legal education events and speaking at state continuing legal education programs. 

When you find yourself in a time of need, you can trust your situation in the hands of these brilliant and understanding women. “I think every attorney brings their life experience into practice with them, and I have been on the receiving end of great kindness and of cruelty— it’s those life experiences that make us want to help people, advocate for them and lift them up in the process. Where we excel at our firm is being human beings. We try to empathize with our clients and make what can be a painful process easier,” Wendy said. 

Make the time to set up a consultation and find out how these women can help—they are ready to roll up their sleeves and immediately get to work. 

The newly formed Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP has offices in both Mocksville and Lexington. The Mocksville office can be reached at (336) 753 – 0753, and the Lexington office can be reached at (336) 248 – 6222.

The article, Criminal or Family Legal Services in Mocksville – Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP, 
along with much more, can be found in the August 2020 edition of DavieLiFE magazine.

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