Orsbon as GAL for Bosworth-Jones v. City of Charlotte, et al     

Amiee Nwabuike

Amiee Nwabuike is a personal injury attorney who represents clients across North Carolina. From an early age, she has always felt the importance of advocating for the vulnerable, and since graduating law school, she has worked as a plaintiff’s attorney helping injured clients and their families recover for motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, and wrongful deaths.

Amiee earned her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was awarded the Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award for Best Appellant Argument. She received her Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University where she graduated with honors.

When not at work, Amiee enjoys taking a long run with a good podcast and exploring the Triangle for the best dinner spots.

David Stradley

Attorney J. David Stradley is a native of Statesville, North Carolina. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, where he was a Guy T. Carswell scholar. In 1995, he graduated from Duke University School of Law with high honors.

Mr. Stradley’s practice concentrates on representing individuals and families in medical malpractice casestractor-trailer crashes, and other catastrophic personal injury litigation. He also represents individuals in a variety of insurance matters.  

Mr. Stradley lectures frequently on a variety of topics, including trial practice and insurance issues. He is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. He serves as editor of The Litigator, the newsletter of the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Personal Biography

Mr. Stradley is married to Sarah Elizabeth Winslow. They have two daughters, Sarah Catherine and Rachel Elizabeth.

Mr. Stradley has broad interests outside of the practice of law. He enjoys singing, especially bluegrass and classical music. In addition, he has been known to strum a chord or two on the guitar. He also enjoys hunting and shooting sporting clays (a variant of skeet and trap). In addition, he is an instrument-rated pilot.

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Opinion Filed Pending
Attorney for the Case John Chilson W. Thompson Comerford Zachary Harris
Amicus Brief Writers Amiee Nwabuike David Stradley
Court NC Court of Appeals
Docket No. COA23-1170

Plaintiff sustained severe injuries while following the directions of a pedestrian crossing signal. The signal instructed Ms. Bosworth-Jones to cross the road directly into the path of a left-turning car. The circumstances of the incident were created by the signals directing the action of both the pedestrian and the motorist, putting them on a collision course. Plaintiff filed suit against the motorist, the City of Charlotte, and two of the City’s employee engineers.

The trial court denied the City’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, but granted the motion of the two engineers, finding that they were public officials rather than public employees. The court later granted the City’s motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff appealed.

NCAJ filed an amicus brief, emphasizing two primary points. First of all, the engineers in question are clearly public employees under previous precedent, not public officials. Thus, public official immunity does not apply. Second, even if public official immunity did apply to these employees, it extends only to the individual capacity claims against them, not the official capacity claims. Under established precedent, public official immunity only operates to protect public officials from personal liability on individual capacity claims, and does not affect official capacity claims, for which the employers of said public officials are ultimately responsible. To accept the City’s argument would result in a dramatic expansion of public official immunity, which has never applied to official capacity claims. As a result, citizens wronged by the actions of a public official would have to prove malice or corruption to obtain any recovery against the government entities for whom those officials work. Such has never been required in North Carolina.