Meet our lawyers
Sam joined the firm in 1995 and has been on owner/officer since 1996. He has served as the Vice President and currently serves as the President of the firm.
Sam completed a B.A. in Psychology in 1991 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his J.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994.
Member of Orange County, 15B Judicial District (President 2002-2003) and North Carolina (Former council member, Criminal Justice Section) Bar Associations; North Carolina Advocates for Justice; National Association of Defense Lawyers.
Katie joined the firm in 2007 and became an owner/officer in the fall of 2011. She currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the firm.
B.A. Social Science and Spanish, Gardner-Webb University 2004. J.D., Campbell School of Law 2008.
Member of the Orange County, 15B Judicial District (President from 2012-2013) and North Carolina State Bar Associations. Member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
Alonzo B. Coleman, Jr.
Alonzo was one of the founding partners of the firm and has been an active member of the firm for nearly 40 years. Although Alonzo was appointed to the District Court Bench in 1996, he has rejoined the firm following State-mandated retirement and now brings his considerable legal experience to bear on our civil and criminal cases.
Alonzo also has a love for the Spanish language and has dedicated fourteen years to studying and developing fluency.
B.S. Engineering, Evansville College 1961; J.D. University of North Carolina School of Law 1965.
Member of the Orange County, 15B Judicial District and North Carolina State Bar Associations. Former District Court Judge. Former State Senator. Former North Carolina Bar Counselor. Member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Former Board Member under Academy of Trial Lawyers). Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, and the United States District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.
Doug joined the firm in 1976 and has been an owner/officer since 1980. Former president of the firm, Doug now serves as a mentor to Katie Merritt and our associate James Rainsford.
Wake Forest University B.A. cum laude, 1972; University of North Carolina Law School J.D., 1976.
Member of the Orange County (former President), 15B Judicial District and North Carolina State Bar Associations. Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina and the United States Supreme Court.
Doug has served the community as a former director of the Hillsborough Youth Athletic Association (HYAA), former President of the Cedar Grove Ruritan Club and a member of the BB&T Advisory Board.
Geof joined the firm in 1975 and has been an owner/officer since 1980. Geof concentrates on municipal law and was the County Attorney for more than 30 years.
Geof earned a B.S. from Widener University in 1966. He graduated cum laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law with his J.D. in 1975.
Member of the Orange County, 15B Judicial District and North Carolina Bar Associations. Licensed to practice before the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit. Member (former President) of the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys.
James joined the firm in 2012 but has been in practice since 2006. James became a partner/officer in early 2014. He is licensed to practice in North Carolina and South Carolina.
James earned a B.A. in English in 2002 from the College of Charleston. He earned his J.D. at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005.
Member of Orange County, 15B Judicial District and North Bar Associations.
Coleman, Gledhill, Hargrave, Merritt & Rainsford
129 E. Tryon Street
P.O. Drawer 1529
Hillsborough, NC 27278
919. 732.7997 fax