- J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2016
- M.S.W., University of North Carolina School of Social Work, 2016
- B.A., magna cum laude, Lenoir-Rhyne University, 2012
Annie is also a part of Motley Rice’s team of attorneys that represents dozens of states, cities, towns, counties and townships in the National Prescription Opiate Multidistrict Litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors for alleged deceptive marketing and other business practices that contributed to the opioid crisis. Additionally, she represents several municipalities in litigation against multiple large telecommunications companies for alleged under-billing and under-remittance of 911 fees those municipalities depend upon to fund their emergency systems.
Prior to joining Motley Rice, Annie interned with the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Health and Human Services Division where she drafted criminal briefs for the N.C. Court of Appeals and N.C. Supreme Court, and assisted the president of the American Association of Public Welfare Attorneys. She also interned with the EMILY’s List Political Opportunity Program and has worked as a voir dire consultant.
Annie concentrated in Community, Management, and Policy Practice at the University of North Carolina’s School of Social Work Master’s program where she specialized in the intersection of public policy and the law. Through a practicum with the program, Annie interned with the Compass Center for Women and Families in the Financial Literacy Education Program, where she served as a certified counselor with The Benefit Bank.
While pursuing her studies at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Annie served as a published staff member on the First Amendment Law Review and as vice president of the Carolina Public Interest Law Organization. She also contributed more than 100 hours in the Pro Bono Program there, through which she prepared tax returns for low-income citizens and researched and provided social work policy and legal perspective related to minors’ rights after sexual assault for a guidebook from the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Annie serves on the board of the Green Heart Project, a volunteer-assisted service-learning organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms and connects students to fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce.