After working for other law firms for 24 years, Richard “Dick” Huffman opened his own law firm, The Huffman Law Firm, P.A. located in the historic Plaza Building at 100 West Innes Street, Suite 301, Salisbury, NC. With more than two decades of experience, Mr. Huffman focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation (including asbestosis and other occupational diseases), Social Security Disability, Personal Injury and Corporate and Business law. Huffman has received an “AV” peer review rating for his legal ability and professional ethics, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can receive.
Mr. Huffman obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from Lenoir Rhyne College. While attending Lenoir Rhyne, he was a Dean List student, the conference champion debater, held numerous elective offices, and a Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Mr. Huffman continues to be active at Lenoir Rhyne serving as President of the university's Alumni Board.
After graduating from college, Mr. Huffman went to work for a large, regional corporation. While working fulltime for that company, he attended school at night to obtain his Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
However, working for a large, impersonal bureaucracy did not satisfy his desire to help make a difference in peoples' lives. So, after graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981, he returned to his hometown of Charlotte and became a partner in a law firm. Utilizing his Masters of Business Administration degree, Mr. Huffman spent much of his time helping small businesses navigate the intricacies of the legal system. He provided advice on everything from formation of a corporation, to personnel policies, to trials of business dispute. He also handled individual personal injury actions as well as general civil litigation. He is licensed in North Carolina, U. S. District Court for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of North Carolina and U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In 1994, Mr. Huffman and his wife Dale moved to Salisbury where he joined a plaintiff’s workers’ compensation firm. While with that firm he represented hundreds of individuals who suffered injuries on the job and who contracted occupational diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis and brown lung disease. He also represented individuals who had cancers or who had died because of their work related injury or disease. He tried and won the first mesothelioma case to ever be heard by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He was also involved in a recent case where the Court of Appeals found certain portions of the workers’ compensation act unconstitutional because it discriminated against individuals who died from asbestosis.
Michele Griffin, Paralegal
A graduate of Sarasota Technical College, Ms. Griffin has over 17 years legal experience, with over 14 years handling social security disability cases. She enjoys her association with clients and gains much satisfaction from favorable outcomes of their claims.
Part of the reason Mr. Huffman and his wife chose Salisbury because of its vibrant historic preservation community. They bought and meticulously restored an 1890’s house in an historic district. Dale is a native of Stanly County and a graduate of Catawba College. She has held a special love for Salisbury and Rowan County since childhood.
Mr. Huffman has been active in numerous community activities since moving to Salisbury. He has been on the Board of Directors for the Historic Salisbury Foundation. He is a past member and former chairman of the Salisbury city government Historic Preservation Commission. He currently serves on the Board of the Community Care Clinic and the Rowan Museum Board. He is also on the board for both the West Square and the Brooklyn South Square community organizations. Mr. Huffman is also actively involved in local politics. Mr. Huffman is also a partner in two real estate companies. One of the companies is involved in Salisbury real estate and the other is developing property in Asheville.
Mr. Huffman is currently a member of the Salisbury Planning Board. In this position, he was an active participant in the development of the Salisbury Land Development Ordinance. The Ordinance controls the zoning and land use for the City of Salisbury. He represents clients before the Salisbury City Council on issues of zoning, land use, specual use permits and the like. Mr. Huffman is also President of Downtown Salisbury, Inc., which actively promotes development and activities in the center city area.
Although the firm has a statewide practice, much of our work is done in the Salisbury, Rowan County; Mocksville, Davie County; Lexington/Thomasville, Davidson County; Concord, Cabarrus County; and Albemarle, Stanly County areas.