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Location:
Raleigh,North Carolina
Phone:
919-755-9166
Fax:
919-755-9396
Email:
Areas of Practice Education Honors
Published Works Affiliations

Margaret S. "Peggy" Abrams is a partner in Abrams & Abrams P.A. Peggy represents people who have been injured through the negligence of others, known in the legal arena as "personal injury plaintiffs." She concentrates her work in the areas of tractor trailer wrecks, products liability and defective product cases, industrial injuries, plant explosions and fires, and other tort cases.

In 2002 Peggy obtained her certification as a Superior Court Mediator for North Carolina. She currently handles mediations in the triangle area. She also assists in the training of new mediators with the faculty of Beason Ellis Conflict Resolution.

Peggy attended Wake Forest University both as an undergraduate and for law school. Following law school, Peggy clerked for the honorable Willis P. Whichard, Associate Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals. She then entered private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Peggy is active in both professional and community organizations. She served as President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for 2008-2009, and prior to that served on the Executive Committee of NCAJ as President-Elect and Vice President for Education. Peggy has also been active in the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) as well as North Carolina Bar Association where she currently serves on the Judicial Independence Committee. Peggy has been selected for inclusion in the publication Super Lawyers.

Peggy and her husband and law partner have four sons and Peggy has been active with in their school and extracurricular organizations. Peggy was President of the Washington Elementary PTA for 1992-1993 and of the William G. Enloe High School Parent Teacher Student Association for 2007-2008. She has served on Board of the Infant Toddler Center, and the Temple Beth Or Preschool. She has served as team manager for her sons' Capital Area Soccer League Challenge Division teams.

Peggy grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey in a family of lawyers. Both of her grandfathers were attorneys; her father was an attorney; her brother is an attorney in New Jersey; and she has an uncle and several cousins who are attorneys. Peggy and her husband and partner, Doug Abrams, founded Abrams & Abrams, PA in 2001 after 20 years of practicing with another Raleigh personal injury firm. Recently, Peggy and Doug were joined in their firm by their eldest son, Noah Abrams.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2001

Areas of Practice

  • Mediation
  • Bad Faith
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Premises Liability -- Plaintiff
  • Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Chemicals & Cosmetics
  • Machinery & Tools
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Recreational Products
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Other Professionals Malpractice
  • Workers' Compensation Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Superior Court Mediator,NC Dispute Resolution Commission,2001

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina,1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina,1980
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina,1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court,1980

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law,Winston Salem,North Carolina
    • J.D.-1980
  • Duke University School of Law,Durham,North Carolina
  • Wake Forest University,Winston Salem,North Carolina
    • B.S.cum laude-1976
    • Major:Biology

Published Works

  • Drafting the Complaint
  • Distribution of Wrongful Death Proceeds and Liens

Classes/Seminars

  • Mediated Settlement Training,Beason and Ellis Conflict Resolution,2002- Present
  • Ethics,NCATL

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Order of Service,2007
  • Martindale Hubbell, "AV" Rating, 2001-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers,President Elect,2007-2008
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers,Vice-President for Education,2005-2007
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers,Presidents Club and Leader's Forum
  • American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum,1980-2006
  • American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum,2006- Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association,1980- Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section,Secretary,1993-1995
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section,Legislative Co-Chair,2002-2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association,Judicial Independence Committee,2006- Present
  • North Carolina State Bar,1980- Present
  • American Bar Association,1980- Present
  • Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, NC
  • William G. Enloe High School Parent Teacher Student Association,President,2007-2008
  • William G. Enloe High School Parent Teacher Student Association,President Elect,2006-2007
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers),President,2008-2009

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Willis P. Whichard, North Carolina Court of Appeals,Clerk,1980-1982
  • Blanchard, Twiggs, Abrams & Strickland,Associate,1982-1996
  • Twiggs, Abrams, Strickand & Trehy,Associate,1996-2001

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Representation,1984-1989