Tripp Combs, NEXT Leadership Class of 2023

October 24, 2022

Tripp Combs is one of the 21 members of the NCAJ NEXT Leadership Program class of 2023. The program, which graduated its first class in 2022, identifies the state’s emerging trial lawyer leaders.

Alton ‘Tripp’ Combs III

Lives in: Kinston

Law degree from: North Carolina Central University School of Law

Legal Association Involvement: NCAJ Auto Torts & Premises Liability Section, New Lawyers Division

Works as: Personal injury attorney at Ricci Law Firm, P.A., Greenville


I would like to give back to the community that taught me what it means to pursue justice. I would also like to learn how I will be able to better serve the underrepresented communities in their pursuit for legal representation.

Why is the idea of civil justice important to you?

I currently work as a plaintiffs’ attorney in the civil justice system, helping individuals navigate claims. It is important to me because I believe there should be more transparency in the civil realm. Individuals who need representation should feel comfortable bringing claims which are their right, and I want to break down the barriers that prevent them from receiving justice. My clients are typically going through a rough time in their lives and anything I can do to help them during this time, I am committed to.

What’s your vision for the future of NCAJ?

I see it as a leader in the pursuit of justice and reform. If the NCAJ emerges and overcomes the damages that tort reform has done to the practice then I believe that would be a win. We need to turn off society’s mentality of victim shaming.

Away from work …

I am an avid outdoorsman who loves to spend time in nature. I frequently backpack and hike with my fiancé and spend time taking in the beauty that is our environment.