Court of Appeals: Seat 4

Meet Tricia Shields

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Tricia Shields grew up in Durham, raised by parents who devoted their professional lives to the service of others.  When she graduated from law school in 1985, she began her career as law clerk to Chief Judge Hedrick of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where she learned the importance of a fair, impartial and independent judiciary.


In her 33 years of practice since her clerkship, Tricia has represented North Carolinians at every level of our court system, in a wide variety of cases.  She has represented clients in some of the most difficult circumstances of their lives and given back to the community by representing many disadvantaged clients pro bono. 


Tricia has consistently been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003.  She has received a Diversity and Inclusion Award, as well as a Women of Justice Award from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. 


In 2011- 2012, Tricia served as President of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.  She was recently presented with the Association’s J. Robert Elster Award for Professionalism, the highest honor given to one of its members.  That award is given to a member who  exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics, and sustained, excellent service to clients in litigation, to the Bar, and to the community.


Determined to give back to the profession she loves, Shields has also taught Trial Advocacy at Campbell Law School since 2013, in addition to her full-time practice.  


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