Thursday, July 09, 2020

Attorney Profile

Richard Huffman

After working for other law firms for 24 years, Richard “Dick” Huffman opened his own law firm, Huffman Law Firm, P.A., located in the historic Plaza Building at 100 West Innes Street, Suite 301, Salisbury, NC. With more than three decades of experience, Mr. Huffman focuses his practice on Workers’ Compensation (including asbestosis and other occupational diseases), Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, Corporate and Business law. Mr. 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. He has also received a perfect 10.0 (superior)rating from AVVO and the Top 100 award from American Society of Legal Advocates.

Mr. Huffman obtained his undergraduate degree in business administration from Lenoir Rhyne College. While attending Lenoir Rhyne, he was a Dean’s 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. He has served as President of the University’s Alumni Board, and is currently on the Board of Visitors.

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.

AVRating2However, 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 of Administration degree, Mr. Huffman spent much of his time helping small business 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 plaintiffs’ 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 ever to 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.

One of the reasons, Mr. Huffman and his wife chose Salisbury was due to its vibrant historic preservation community. They bought and meticulously restored an 1890s house in the 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, Rowan Museum (President) and the Community Care Clinic. He currently serves on the Board of Rowan Helping Ministries and the Rowan Arts Council (Chairman). He is a past member and former chairman of the Salisbury City Government Historic Preservation Commission. He has served 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 a Salisbury real estate company.

Mr. Huffman was a member of and past chairman 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, special use permits, and the like. Mr. Huffman was also a Board member and President of Downtown Salisbury, Inc., which actively promotes development and activities in the center city area.

Michele Griffin, Paralegal

A graduate of Sarasota Technical College, Ms. Griffin has over 24 years legal experience, with over 20 years handling social security disability cases. She enjoys her association with clients and gains much satisfaction from favorable outcomes of their claims.

Linda Buck, Legal Assistant

Linda Buck is a legal assistant with our firm since 2006, handling correspondence for Mr. Huffman, and case development in personal injury and civil claims.  Linda was previously employed in personnel management, sales and training for a custom drapery and bedspread manufacturer, and has ten years experience in accounting for a large law firm.   She also worked for seven years transporting severe and profoundly handicapped children for Round Rock Independent Schools.  She brings experience, professionalism and client services to our firm.

Mary Cole, Paralegal

Mary Cole is a paralegal with our firm since 2010.  She has a degree from Davidson Community College and is Mr. Huffman’s right hand with regard to our firms’ Workers’ Compensation cases.  She spends a great deal of time interacting with our clients who have been injured on the job or exposed to environmental hazards preparing the claims for favorable outcomes.  Mary is always pleasant and happy to help our clients and fellow employees.

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