Attorney Profiles

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Matt Arnold Matt Arnold, Esq.

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, Esq.

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, Esq.

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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Laura M. Cobb Laura M. Cobb, Esq.

Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Ms. Cobb has lived all over the Southeast. She grew up primarily in Northern Virginia, but graduated from Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. After high school she attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. After college she relocated to Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she worked for the Wake Forest University Medical School conducting scientific research in the fields of Microbiology and Immunology. After publishing two scientific papers, she decided to attend law school at Wake Forest Law School in Winston-Salem.

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Paul Tharp Paul Tharp, Esq.

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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Alyssa M. Levine Alyssa M. Levine, Esq.

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, Esq.

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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Ashley Crowder Ashley Crowder, Esq.

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 Jeff Thompson Jeff Thompson

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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