Company: Pope, McMillan, Gourley, Kutteh & Simon
Location: Statesville, North Carolina, United States
Pamela Hazel, Partner at Pope, McMillan, Gourley, Kutteh & Simon, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in family law.
While working as a local newspaper reporter, Ms. Hazel loved the job but found she wanted to explore other realms of servicing others. She had covered many trials as a reporter, so she decided to apply to law school and pursue a legal career. Impressively, she scored in the 99th percentile and received a fellowship to go to law school. Ms. Hazel earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkley in 1968, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of North Carolina in 1984. Today, Ms. Hazel specializes in family law with Pope, McMillan, Gourley, Kutteh & Simon. She joined the firm as a partner in 1992, remaining until 2006. Prior, she began her career as an associate with Raymer, Lewis, Eisele, Ashburn & Patterson in 1984 and became an associate with Turner, Hicks, Moon, Hodge & Cranford the following year. In 1986, she became a partner with Mattox, Mallory & Simon, staying until 1992.
Looking back on her illustrious career, Ms. Hazel recalls one case she was appointed to, in which she represented a young mother of three children and was pregnant with her fourth. She was mildly mentally delayed and the Department of Social Services wanted to take her children away. Ms. Hazel worked really hard with her for one year, got her children back and the judge told Social Services to leave the woman and her family alone. Today, the woman cleans houses for the disabled elderly and leads a happy life with her children. Another case that stands out to Ms. Hazel was when she represented a young man who was being tried for the armed robbery of a Howard Johnson’s. His parents came to her and asked her to represent him because they knew for a fact that he did not commit the crime. When Ms. Hazel visited the young man in jail, she discovered someone had witnessed the entire crime and the report was never made public, so she went to the witness, discussed it with him and could conclude the young man was innocent. In court, he was found not guilty. As a testament to her success, Ms. Hazel was named to Best Lawyers in America and Top 50 Female Lawyers in North Carolina. She is also listed in the ninth edition of Who’s Who in American Law.
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