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Robert Grant, Esq.Robert M. Grant, Jr., was born March 7, 1949 in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina. A graduate of Alexander County, North Carolina schools, he received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wake Forest University in 1971 and his Doctorate Degree from the Wake Forest School of Law in 1974.

From 1974-1978, Mr. Grant was an Assistant District Attorney for the Twenty-Fifth Judicial District, State of North Carolina, encompassing Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. In that capacity, Mr. Grant prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in the Superior and District Courts. Notable criminal prosecutions included First Degree Murder, Arson, Rape, Armed Robbery, Embezzlement, Forgery and Uttering, Burglary, and other crimes of violence, white collar crimes and property crimes. During this time, only one felony prosecution in which Mr. Grant was involved concluded with a "Not Guilty" verdict, the Defendant being convicted in all other felony prosecutions. Mr. Grant was an instructor at the "New Prosecutors School" conducted by the Institute of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the 1978-1979 training sessions conducted for newly appointed assistant district attorneys in North Carolina.

From 1979-2007, Mr. Grant was a member of the law firm of Corne, Corne & Grant of Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina. Mr. Grant became a principal in the firm in 1983. From 1979 until the present, Mr. Grant has represented clients in a variety of legal matters, with emphasis in personal injury, medical malpractice, civil litigation, municipal or governmental law including matters of land condemnation, and appearing before governmental boards on behalf of clients, family law, real estate law, and selected cases of criminal defense. A majority of Mr. Grant's time has been spent in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, general civil litigation and municipal law since 1985. Mr. Grant has served as trial counsel for the victim in a variety of personal injury and medical malpractice cases including instances of wrongful death, traumatic child birth, traumatic brain injury, ankle replacement surgery, quadriplegia, paraplegia, pedestrian death and many motor vehicle collisions involving personal injury or death. A small portion of Mr. Grant's practice has involved defense of selected criminal cases. In this regard, Mr. Grant has served as lead defense counsel in criminal cases of First Degree Murder, Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle Indictment against an active duty law enforcement officer, Narcotics Trafficking, Perjury, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Negligent Sale and Handling of a Firearm, and a variety of other criminal cases.

Mr. Grant has served as City Attorney for the City of Claremont, a municipality in Catawba County, North Carolina, having one of the largest industrial tax bases for a municipality of similar size (1,000-2,499) in the United States. In this regard, Mr. Grant advises the City of Claremont in legal matters of governmental regulation, zoning and land use planning, personnel, right of way acquisition and all other legal matters involving the City. In this regard, Mr. Grant has represented the City in discrimination litigation filed against the City. Mr. Grant has also served as interim City Attorney for the City of Newton, North Carolina, a municipality of 10,000-15,000, also in Catawba County. Mr. Grant is available for consultation and/or representation in other municipal or governmental law matters not involving the City of Claremont.

Mr. Grant also does Estate Planning for clients interested in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Wills and/or Trusts involving estate planning for clients.

Mr. Grant is a member of the Catawba County, Twenty-Fifth District, and North Carolina Bar Associations. He is also a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America ,the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Brain Injury Association. He is licensed and has appeared in the trial and appellate courts of the State of North Carolina, including the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and in the United States District Court for each of the three (Eastern, Middle and Western) Districts of North Carolina, and has also appeared before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Mr. Grant has spoken at a Motor Vehicle Law Seminar sponsored by the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers on the topic of Proving Negligence, presenting a paper Negligence! How Do I Prove Thee? Let Me Count the Ways. He has also instructed paralegal classes through Central Piedmont Community College and Catawba Valley Community College on course topics of Torts, Domestic Relations Law, Evidence, and Trial Preparation, and has spoken on multiple occasions to classes of dental hygienists on legal implications of dental hygiene.

Civic activities have included First Baptist Church of Hickory, foreign mission work with North Carolina Baptist Men, the Hickory Lions Club, service on the Board of Directors for the Catawba County Sheltered Workshop (an agency for employment of disabled individuals) and the Catawba County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and as volunteer coach for the Carolina Express, a 17 and Under American Athletic Union Mens Basketball Team.

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