Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense


105 Burke Avenue, Suite E, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1327, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Established: 1999

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arson
  • Automobile
  • Casualty
  • Construction Defect
  • Construction Law
  • Coverage Issues
  • Employment Practices
  • Examinations Under Oath
  • Fraud
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Property
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Subrogation
  • Trial Practice


About Us

The law firm of Ennis, Baynard, Morton, Medlin & Brown, P.A. provides high quality and aggressive trial work for our insurance carriers and self-insureds at cost effective rates. We have historically tried cases throughout North Carolina with our concentration in the southeastern part of the state.


Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Cardinal Freight Carriers

    Personnel Information

    Firm Members


    Donald W. Ennis

    Wilmington, NC

    Practice Areas
    • General Liability
    • Automobile
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability
    • Construction Law
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Insurance Defense
    • Admiralty and Maritime Law
    Admitted
    • North Carolina, 1986
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina
    Memberships:
    • American Bar Associations (Litigation, Construction, Tort and Insurance Law Sections)
    • North Carolina and New Hanover County Bar Associations
    • North Caorlina State Bar
    • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • North Carolina State University, B.S. (cum laude), 1982
    • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1986
    Fraternity Information:
    Phi Alpha Delta; Trial Advocacy Team

    Born: 1960


    Stephen C. Baynard

    Wilmington, NC

    Practice Areas
    • General Liability
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability
    • Construction Law
    • Insurance Defense
    • Civil Litigation
    • Negligence
    • Personal Injury
    • Toxic Torts
    Admitted
    • North Carolina, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1994
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2000
    Memberships:
    • American, North Carolina and New Hanover County Bar Associations
    • North Carolina State Bar
    • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Young Lawyers Committee, President, 2003-2005; Chair, General Liability Section, 2006-Present; Vice-Chair; Chair, Construction Section, 2011)
    • 5th Judicial District Bar (President, 2005)
    • North Carolina Conference of Bar Presidents (Executive Committee, 2006-Present)
    • Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism (Judicial Response Committee, 2007-Present)
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1990
    • Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1993
    Fraternity Information:
    Phi Alpha Delta Justice 1993
    Honors:
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Born: 1968


    Dan Morton

    Wilmington, NC

    Practice Areas
    • Insurance Defense
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Litigation
    • Employment Law
    • Construction Law
    Admitted
    • North Carolina, 1985
    • Superior Court of North Carolina
    • Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
    Memberships:
    • North Carolina State Bar
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Council on Litigation Management
    • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Defense Research Institute
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    Education:
    • Duke University, B.A., 1982
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 1985

    Born: 1960


    Ron D. Medlin Jr.

    Wilmington, NC

    Practice Areas
    • General Liability
    • Automobile
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability
    • Construction Law
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Insurance Defense
    • Civil Litigation
    • Admiralty and Maritime Law
    • Homeowner's Association Representation
    Admitted
    • North Carolina, 2003
    • Superior Court of North Carolina
    • Supreme Court of North Carolina
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
    Memberships:
    • North Carolina State Bar
    • North Carolina and Wayne County (Past-President) Bar Associations
    • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    Education:
    • Appalachian State University, B.S./B.A. (cum laude), 2000
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2003

    Born: 1977


    Maynard M. Brown

    Wilmington, NC

    Practice Areas
    • General Liability
    • Automobile
    • Premises Liability
    • Product Liability
    • Construction Law
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Insurance Defense
    • Civil Litigation
    • Admiralty and Maritime Law
    • Appellate Practice
    • Homeowner's Association Representation
    Admitted
    • North Carolina, 1987
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2001
    Memberships:
    • American and North Carolina Bar Associations
    • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    Education:
    • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1979
    • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1987

    Born: 1957


    High Profile Cases

    Moore v. N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 82 N.C.App. 616, 347 S.E. 2d 489 (1986); Bailey v. LeBeau, 79 N.C.App. 345, 339 S.E.2d 460, 318 N.C. 411 (1986); Pyco Supply Co., Inc. v. American Centennial Ins. Co., 85 N.C.App. 114, 354 S.E.2d 360 (1987); Jansen v. Collins, 92 N.C.App. 516, 374 S.E. 2d 641 (1988); Petteway v. South Carolina Insurance Company, 93 N.C.App. 776, 379 S.E. 2d 80 (1989); Kinlaw v. N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 103 N.C.App. 69, 404 S.E. 2d 188 (1991); Laughinghouse v. State, ex. Rel. North Carolina Ports Railway Commission, 101 N.C. App. 375, Disc. review denied, 328 N.C. 732 (1991), Cert Denied, 502 U.S. 1029 (1992); Enzor v. N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, 123 N.C.App. 544, 473 S.E. 2d 638 (1996); Wilson v. Wilson, 121 N.C. App.292 (1996); Riggs v. Riggs, 124 N.C. App. 647 (1996); Maring v. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., 126 N.C.App. 201, 484 S.E.2d 417 (1997); Williams v. Bowden, 128 N.C. App. 31, Disc. review denied, 348 N.C. 78 (1998); Robinson v. Leach, 133 N.C.App. 436, 514 S.E. 2d 567 (1999); Kinsey v. Spann, 139 N.C. App. 370 (2000); Moore v. Cincinnati Ins., 147 NC.App. 761, 556 S.E. 2d 682 (2001); Strickland v. Doe, 156 N.C. App. 292, Disc. review denied, 357 N.C. 169 (2003); Southern Fire & Cas. Co. v. Kirby’s Garage, Inc., 162 N.C.App. 124, 590 S.E.2d 1 (2004); Moquin v. Hedrick, 163 N.C.App. 345, 593 S.E.2d 435 (2004); Ales v. TA Loving Co., 163 N.C.App. 350, 593 S.E.2d 453 (2004); Revels v. Robeson County Board of Elections, 167 N.C.App. 358, 605 S.E.2d 219 (2004); Taylor v. Gore, 161 N.C.App. 300, 588 S.E.2d 51, pet. disc. rev. denied, 358 N.C. 380, 597 S.E.2d 775 (2004); Guarascio v. New Hanover Health Network, Inc., 163 N.C.App. 160, 592 S.E.2d 612, affirmed 358 N.C. 375, 597 S.E.2d 130 (2004); Parker v. Willis, 167 N.C.App. 625, 606 S.E.2d 184 (2004); Parker v. Willis, 167 N.C. App. 625, Disc. review denied, 359 N.C. 411 (2005); Lightner v. City of Wilmington, 498 F.Supp.2d 802 (EDNC 2007), affirmed 545 F.3d 260 (4th Cir. 2008); Hewett v. Weisser, 689 S.E.2d 408 (N.C.App. 2009); Kelly v Shoaf ,718 SE2d 423 (2011); Martin v. Kilauea Properties, LLC, 214 N.C. App. 185 (2011); Preis v. Yoas, 217 N.C. App. 196 (2011); Spooner v Clemmons, 718 SE2d 423 (2011) review denied 722 SE2d 788 (2012); Warrender v Gull Harbor Yacht Club, Inc., 747 S.E.2d 592 (2013); Graham v Jenkins, 772 S.E.2d 874 (2015); Fields v Fields, 776 S.E.2d 898 (2015)

    (This firm also appears in the Subrogation section of this publication)

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