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Attorney Profiles

We are dedicated to fighting for your rights in court. Once you retain us, you can leave the worry to us, secure in the knowledge that we are looking out for you and your best interests.

Matt Arnold Matt Arnold, Managing Member

Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a product of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. He attended Carmel Junior High, South Charlotte Middle, and graduated from Providence Senior High School. Mr. Arnold continued his education at Belmont Abbey College where he received a basketball scholarship and played varsity basketball for four years. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta national fraternity and graduated from the Belmont Abbey College Honors Institute. After graduating cum laude from Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, Mr. Arnold attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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J. Bradley Smith J. Bradley Smith, Managing Member

Brad Smith is one of the founding members of Arnold & Smith, PLLC in North Carolina. As a litigator, Mr. Smith has dedicated his career to advocating for individuals in courtrooms throughout North Carolina. He focuses his practice on representing individuals charged with DWI / DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, and federal criminal charges.

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Pete McArdle Pete McArdle, Partner

Mr. McArdle has lived in Charlotte since 1979. He attended Saint Gabriel Catholic School and Charlotte Catholic High School. After graduating from high school in 1987, Mr. McArdle attended the University of North Carolina. At Chapel Hill, he played on the Junior Varsity Basketball Team and served on the UNC Supreme Court.

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Picture of Jeff Thompson Jeff Thompson, Partner

Mr. Thompson is a native Floridian having grown up in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating with honors from Fort Lauderdale Christian School, he was offered placement in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia. Following receipt of his undergraduate degree in Political Science, he remained in Athens and received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. During that time he was also an officer in the Demosthenian Society in which he focused on oral argument and debate.

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Picture of Ronnie D. Crisco Jr., Esq. Ronnie D. Crisco Jr., Partner

Born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Ronnie Crisco is a proud alumnus of A.L. Brown High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies. In 2002, he received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Crisco competed nationally as a member of the UNC Mock Trial Team, assisted indigent clients through the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, and served as editor on the UNC Journal of Law and Technology.

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Alyssa M. Levine Alyssa M. Levine, Senior Associate Attorney

Ms. Levine grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a product of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. She attended Matthews Elementary School, Randolph Middle School, and graduated from Providence Senior High School. Ms. Levine continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Anastasia Cowan Anastasia Cowan, Senior Associate Attorney

Anastasia Cowan pursued her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. She was a resident advisor, a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of the Women’s Glee Club. While at Ohio State, Ms. Cowan was able to sing in various places throughout the United States and had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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Paul Tharp Paul Tharp, Associate Attorney

Paul Tharp is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he majored in English and minored in Philosophy. Paul graduated in three years with the top grade point average in his class. After working as a high school English teacher, Paul attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his juris doctor and became a member of the Florida Bar in 2003.

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Ashley Crowder Ashley Crowder, Associate Attorney

Ashley Crowder is a native Charlottean. While growing up in Charlotte, she attended Paw Creek Elementary, Piedmont Open Middle School and graduated from West Mecklenburg High School as salutatorian. She left North Carolina to pursue undergraduate studies at Tulane University of New Orleans, where during her freshman year Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, forcing her to return home for the fall semester.

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Picture of Charlie B. Hagerman Charlie B. Hagerman, Associate Attorney

Mr. Hagerman was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his early education in the Catholic School system attending Our Lady of Assumption and Holy Trinity Middle School. Ultimately, he transferred to Independence Senior High School within the public school system so he could play football as a member of the seven-time State Championship football team as a wide receiver. In addition to his athletic endeavors, he was also member of the debate team.

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Picture of Jillian Swords Jillian Swords, Associate Attorney

Jillian Swords is a Union County native and earned her Bachelors of Science in Journalism from Appalachian State University in 2009. She then freelanced as a writer with various publications in North Carolina, including the Watauga Democrat and High County Press, for two years before moving to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend Tulane Law School. Ms. Swords earned her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law in 2014

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