Member Moves

Sam McGee Joins NCAJ Team as Legal Affairs Counsel

August 15, 2022
Sam McGee

Charlotte lawyer Sam McGee, a partner at Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC, has joined the North Carolina Advocates for Justice as its legal affairs counsel. In this role, McGee will oversee the organization’s appellate advocacy efforts and evaluations of judicial candidates for the NCAJ PAC as well as serve as liaison to the North Carolina State Bar’s Ethics Committee.

“No organization has been more important to my career than NCAJ,” McGee said. “Serving as legal affairs counsel to NCAJ will allow me both to contribute to an organization I care about deeply, and to be involved in some of the most important cases in North Carolina in terms of protecting people’s rights.”  

McGee is a longtime member of NCAJ and has deep experience as a leader in the organization. He has served two terms on the Board of Directors, two terms as a Section chair, and multiple terms on the Legal Affairs Committee. He has also written two amicus briefs for NCAJ. McGee’s experience includes service on the Amicus Committee of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), on the Board of Directors of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA), and he has taught CLEs and written published articles for all three of these organizations.  

“We are excited and gratified to have a lawyer with Sam’s skills and experience join the NCAJ team,” said Interim Executive Director Shannon Leskin. “Not only is Sam a talented attorney who has a solid record of fighting – and winning – for his clients, he truly understands the mission of NCAJ and clearly has a heart for the work that we do.”

McGee is a graduate of Yale Law School, Wake Forest University and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Early in his career, he worked for both the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. During his 24 years of law practice, McGee has recovered over $100 million for his clients, including multiple seven- figure verdicts, and recoveries of at least seven figures in North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and New Jersey. He has also handled numerous appeals, most notably being involved in three cases in two different states defeating binding arbitration for nursing home cases. 

In his role as legal affairs counsel for NCAJ, McGee will monitor North Carolina Court of Appeals decisions, receive requests for amicus support and lead NCAJ members in the process of evaluation and execution of those requests. He will also organize and coordinate moot courts, provide analysis of judicial candidates seeking NCAJ endorsements and monitor developments in ethics rules and guidance at the N.C. State Bar.

McGee begins his NCAJ position immediately. He will continue in his current role at Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC. NCAJ members should email McGee at with any items related to NCAJ legal affairs.