Marie Claire ("MC") was born and raised just down the mountain in Chimney Rock, NC. She grew up working in her parents' business, Bubba O'Leary's General Store and Outfitters. She attended Immaculata Catholic School and then graduated from Hendersonville High School in 2012 (Go Bearcats!). MC had a successful college career at UNC Chapel Hill where she joined the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and double majored in English and Political Science with a Minor in Hispanic Studies. She had the opportunity to Study Abroad in Sevilla, Spain where she learned how to speak Spanish. For law school, MC wanted a new city, so she packed her bags and moved to Washington, DC. After three great years at American, Carolina (and her fiancé) called MC home. She began her legal career at a small firm in Wilson, NC as a criminal defense attorney. As an attorney, MC enjoys being in court as much as possible and working with clients.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2019.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2019; Majors in English and Political Science.
  • Hendersonville High School, Top 5% of Class, 2012.

Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to Practice in North Carolina;
  • NC Bar Association;
  • Buncombe County Bar Association.

Community Involvement

In April 2020, MC started an Instagram Account @ladylawyergang because she wanted to show law students what the day to day life of a lawyer is really like. MC has always been interested in fashion, so of course she wanted her account to have a fashion angle. She started sharing her daily "lady lawyer looks" to lady law students, and other young lady lawyers. Your wardrobe matters, but a legal education doesn't typically include a class on professional dress. So MC decided to try to help fill that gap and @ladylawyergang was born. She's been a guest on podcasts like Ladies Who Law School, a featured speaker for events with Elon Law and Duke Law, and she volunteers her time to grab coffee with law students in the Triangle.

MC enjoys hiking with her husband and both of their families. She also enjoys running, yoga, and tennis. Although she is not musically talented herself, MC loves all types of music, from live concerts, to Spotify playlists, and collecting Vinyl Records. MC and her husband both graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, so of course they are huge Carolina Basketball fans. MC loves her home state and is so happy to be back home in the mountains.