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Summer 2021 - Law Student Externs
Jonathan Nail, Law Student Extern
Jonathan Nail is a rising 3L at Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and he attended Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. While at Wake Law, Jonathan has focused his studies on Commercial Transactions and Intellectual Property. He is involved in many clubs and organizations at Wake including the Black Law Student Association and the Art Law Society, where he has held the roles of Vice President and Treasurer respectively. In his free time Jonathan enjoys hanging out with friends, finding new and obscure music, and running his bartending blog, NC Barrister Bartender (@ncbarristerbartender) on Instagram.
Summer 2020 - Law Student Interns
Matthew Wright, Law Student Intern
Matthew Wright is a rising 3L law student at Wake Forest School of Law. He went to undergrad at Bowling Green State University, where he graduated in 2017 with a BA in History and a minor in political science. At Wake Forest, he participates in numerous clubs and programs, including the Teen Court Pro Bono program. Additionally, he serves as an Article Editor for the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and reading historical biographies.
Caleb Prevatte, Law Student Intern
Caleb is a native of Greenville, North Carolina and a graduate of East Carolina University. (Go Pirates!) At ECU, Caleb was a Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholar and spent three years as a student representative on the Student Pirate Club Executive Board. After graduating, Caleb took a year off before beginning law school at Wake Forest University School of Law. During this time, he got engaged, worked to save money for law school, and improved his golf handicap. At Wake, Caleb has participated in the Wake Law Prison Letter Project and served as the Counselor for the Respondent on the Wake Law Honor Council.
Caleb is looking forward to returning to Winston-Salem to complete his final year of law school, but he’ll be back to Charlotte frequently as his wife Alaina, a recent graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, is living and working in the Ballantyne area. He intends to return to Charlotte to practice business and employment law after graduation.
Vennum Law Team
Victoria O'Dell, Paralegal/Office Manager
Victoria O'Dell is our paralegal extraordinaire here at Vennum Law. She joined the Vennum team in August 2019. She graduated from the Paralegal Technology program at Central Piedmont Community College in December 2019. Victoria was born and raised in Charlotte, so she is very familiar with the area, specifically the Pineville/Matthews side of town. After obtaining her Bachelor's from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she spent several years in the Virginia Beach, VA area making new friends and enjoying what beach life had to offer, but is glad to be back home! When Victoria isn't at the office, she enjoys reading, all things history related, music, and cheering on her sports teams (UNCC 49ers, UNC Tar Heels, Atlanta Braves, and Carolina Panthers to be exact!). Victoria also has two fur kids that keep her busy as well. She has her dog, Lola, and her cat, Merlin. Both are very loved and very spoiled.
Lizzy Watkins, Associate Attorney
Lizzy is a Florida native, born and raised in Miami. She graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law where she held an executive role in the University’s Journal of Law and Public Policy. During law school, she also participated as a certified legal intern at the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic. Her practice concentrates in employment and business law. She mainly provides small businesses and start-ups with legal advice and all legal documents necessary for their businesses to run smoothly, such as employment agreements. She enjoys getting to know the entrepreneurs in the area along with having long-lasting business relationships with these clients. Her goal for all clients is to help their businesses succeed by ensuring they follow the best legal practices. When
she is not advocating for small businesses in the office, you may catch her supporting them one restaurant and brewery at a time. In her spare time, Lizzy also enjoys taking her two dogs, Barney & Indi on long walks and exploring Charlotte and the surrounding areas with her fiance, Will.
Lindsey Gallegos, Paralegal Intern
Lindsey Gallegos works as Artistic Director of the Charlotte Art Song Association, Administrative Director of VOX/Firebird Arts Alliance, Summer Administrative Assistant at American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Editor at Modern Singer, and Artist in Residence at Opera Carolina. She is a freelance classical singer active in opera, musical theatre, and choral music. Having earned a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Summa Cum Laude) from McMurry University, Ms. Gallegos has extensive performance experience in concert and staged settings and has a flair for the comedic. As Founder of the Charlotte Art Song Association, Lindsey is an advocate for local artists and passionate about nurturing the arts community in Charlotte.
Shelly Moy, Office Manager
Shelly was our brilliant office manager. Not only is she certified in people skills and genuinely happy to help, but Shelly operates like a total boss. Shelly has moved on and will be sorely missed. We wish her all the best!
Summer 2019 - Law Student Interns
Sophia Pappalardo, 2L
Sophia is from Rochester, New York, home of the "Garbage Plate," and the greatest grocery store ever: Wegmans. She received her bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. During her time at American, she actively boxed with the Georgetown University Boxing Club and studied abroad in Havana, Cuba. After graduating, she took two years off before beginning law school at Wake Forest University School of Law. During her time off, she worked, volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Rochester, NY, and played a lot of USTA tennis.
During law school, she joined the Wake Forest Law Review executive board, the Latino Law Student Association executive board, the AAJ Trial Team, and the Black Law Student Association. She is also the project co-coordinator for the Know Your Rights pro bono project, which teaches community members about their rights when interacting with the police. She is looking forward to a great summer learning about business and employment law before returning to Winston-Salem to complete her final year at Wake Forest.
William "Parks" Noyes, 1L
Parks Noyes joined the Vennum PLLC team during summer 2019 as a rising 2L at Wake Forest University School of Law. He was born and raised in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, but now calls Charlotte his home. Since starting law school, he joined the Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law, Business Law Society, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, among other organizations. He is also an Admissions & Alumni Ambassador for the law school. He received his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, and he is looking forward to becoming a "Double Deac" once graduating from law school.
Parks is an avid sports fan and spends his time cheering for the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Demon Deacons, and Atlanta Braves. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and exploring Charlotte with his dog and his girlfriend. He is interested in pursuing legal opportunities in real estate or business/corporate law upon graduation.
Joseph "Mac" Dougherty, JD/MBA
Vennum Law hit the law clerk lottery in Spring 2019 when we talked Mac Doughtery into working with us. Mac is a recent graduate of Wake Forest's JD/MBA program, meaning he was basically trained as the business law equivalent of a ninja. When his demanding job gets to him, Mac unwinds by playing golf. He created the Wake Forest School of Law Golf and Racquet Club to promote wellness and provide students with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis. Mac says he was thrilled to be a member of the Vennum Law team because he helped entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams. Don't let it go to his head, but we were thrilled to have him!
While Mac worked at Vennum Law, he immersed himself in business law, engaging in legal research and meeting each new issue with a smile. He delivered well-reasoned briefs in the time it would take a normal person to locate the first case. Since graduating in May 2019, Mac will sit for the North Carolina Bar and then clerk with the Honorable Philip Berger, Jr. on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. (I know, right? We are so incredibly proud, but also a little envious that the Court of Appeals made him an offer before we could.) We will miss you, Mac!