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Pearson leaving D.A.'s office for private practice

Longtime Assistant District Attorney Doug Pearson has joined the Hendersonville law firm of Gillett Stallings and will be representing clients in both civil and criminal legal matters, District Attorney Greg Newman announced.

“I regret to lose someone of Doug’s caliber, but I completely understand his interest in returning to the private law practice after giving the people of North Carolina over 15 years service as a criminal prosecutor,” Newman said in a statement. “Doug Pearson is a person of high integrity and he will be a positive addition to our local bar. I predict that he will be very successful in private practice,” added Newman. Mr. Pearson joins two other former Assistant District Attorneys Monica Gillett - Stallings and her husband, Nathan Stallings.

Pearson, who grew up in Burke County, majored in English at Appalachian State University and earned his law degree at the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He worked as an assistant district attorney in Eastern North Carolina from 1999 to 2004 before joining the office of former District Attorney Jeff Hunt. He entered private practice in 2005 with an estate planning law firm in Asheville and returned to the District 29B office under Hunt in 2007.

At Gillett Stallings, Pearson will use his trial experience for a variety of clients and legal matters. In addition to representing criminal clients, Pearson will also handle child custody, equitable distribution and divorce cases, business consultation and litigation, and estate planning. He handled several major felony cases in his career with the district attorney, including white collar crimes and murders.
The Gillett Stallings Law Office is located on Greenville Highway in Hendersonville at 14 Towne Place Drive. Pearson can be reached at (828) 696-4882.