Neil Ripley

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Winston-Salem, NC
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Gary "Neal" Ripley originates from Alexandria, Virginia. As of September 3, 2019, he is an associate attorney with Greenwood Law. Neil is fluent in three languages including English, Spanish, and French. He attended Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, whereby he received several honors and participated in various activities. He was an AP Scholar, Eagle Scout, member of the National Honor Society, Dean’s List, member of the French Honor Society, two-time 1st place winner in the Le Grand Concours National French Contest, captain of the men’s rowing team, member of the varsity men’s cross country, and a member of the Symphonic Band.

Neil graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) with a double major, Bachelor of Arts in Government (Concentration in Political Theory) and Bachelor of Arts in History (Concentration in Russian Political Theory). He was a member of UVA’s Men’s Rugby Team, UVA’s Men’s Rowing Team, and the Crisis Director for the Virginia International Crisis Simulation under the International Relations Organization.

After graduating from UVA, Neil worked as a paralegal in the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). It was this job that inspired him to attend law school at the Wake Forest University School of Law. He believes that everyone deserves a fair chance in our justice system. As an attorney, he believes that it is his duty to guide our clients through the complexity of the court system and give them that fair chance of being well-represented. He says, “Everyone has a story, and I see it as my job to listen, to understand it, and to represent it as best I can.

In his spare time, Neil enjoys spending time with family and friends. He enjoys movies, travelling, rugby, playing the piano, brewing mead, and discovering new foods.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Expungements
  • Traffic Violations
  • General Law
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina


  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • Juris Doctorate
  • University of Virginia
    • B.A.
    • Major: Government (Concentration in Political Theory)
    • Major: History (Concentration in Russian Political History)

Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout
  • AP Scholar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Forsyth County Criminal Bar/31st District
  • American Inn of Court, Chief Justice Branch

Past Employment Positions

  • Morrow Porter Vermitsky & Taylor, PLLC (Legal Intern)
  • Federal Public Defender, Middle District of North Carolina (Legal Intern)
  • Durham County District Attorney’s Office (Legal Intern)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (Legal Intern to Special Master Brian H. Corcoran)
  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Fraud Section, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit (Paralegal)
  • International Business-Government Counsellors, Inc. (Intern)