Lacy Presnell has extensive civil trial and appellate experience in a broad range of complex cases. He has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal courts in North Carolina for more than 36 years and has been lead counsel in business and estate cases as well as serious injury and death claims. His trial experience includes more than 70 cases tried to a verdict.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973 and Wake Forest University School of Law in 1976. Before law school he worked with U.S. Senator Sam J. Ervin as an assistant investigator for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Senate Watergate Committee). He served as General Counsel of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2013 and 2014.
Lacy has been featured in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) and has achieved the prestigious “AV®” rating, the top ranking in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. This rating is the result of a structured peer review and is based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary. He was listed as one of North Carolina’s best lawyers by NC Magazine, and he was also featured as a Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiffs’ personal injury by North Carolina Super Lawyers published by the Charlotte magazine.
He has been very involved in professional and community activities. He has served as President of the Wake County Bar Association and the 10th Judicial District Bar, President of the YMCA of the Triangle Area, Inc., Clerk of Session of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Chair of Ravenscroft School Board of Trustees. He currently serves as immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the Triangle Community Foundation. The Triangle Business Journal named Lacy as one of area’s 10 Super Volunteers in its January 1, 2010, edition for his work with the YMCA of the Triangle Area, Inc., and in 2013 he received the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award.