David Crockett is the firm’s founding attorney.
Born in Rocky Mount, NC, Mr. Crockett attended undergraduate school at the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar. He graduated from UNC School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1970. Mr. Crockett began practicing law in Moore County as an Associate Attorney with the firm Johnson, Johnson and Poole. One year later the partnership of Johnson, Poole and Crockett was formed.
In 1975, he began practicing law with his long time friend, William B. Crews, Jr., forming the partnership of Crews and Crockett. Mr. Crockett became a sole practitioner in 1977. He maintained his solo practice until 2002, when he formed the partnership of Crockett & Oldham, PLLC. In preparation for retirement, Mr. Crockett founded the partnership of Crockett, Oldham, Pope and Donadio in 2007.
Mr. Crockett enjoyed an illustrative 38 year career as a court room attorney, focusing the majority of his practice on Criminal Defense litigation. Much of his career was spent trying criminal cases in the original Moore County Courthouse in the center of Carthage, NC. He served on the Architectural Committee which supervised the construction of the new Moore County Courts Facility. He also tried the final case to be heard in the single courtroom of what is now known as the Historic Moore County Courthouse before transitioning to the new facility.
Mr. Crockett was one of the original volunteers for the PALS program, chartered through the North Carolina State Bar to assist attorneys who struggle with substance issues. On one occasion, Mr. Crockett and his fellow volunteers were summoned by the Nine Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court to receive prepared remarks commending the group for its work assisting its colleagues in overcoming personal obstacles and rendering a higher quality of legal service to the public. At the conclusion of the presentation, the Justices rose en banc to applaud the efforts of the program volunteers.
Although Mr. Crockett was involved in many high profile cases, he maintained a low profile attitude, always preferring to try his cases in a courtroom – not in the media. Much to his surprise, in 2008 author J.D. Rhodes, wrote Breaking Cover, a compelling thriller about an undercover federal agent whose specialty is assaulting criminal organizations from within. He dedicated this book “To David G. Crockett, the man who taught me that ‘legal ethics’ is not an oxymoron.”
Mr. Crockett retired from the practice of law in 2008 and passed away in 2018 having enjoyed the opportunity to help many, many people in Moore County and beyond.