Nominator: Nichad Davis, Class of 2019
Nichad Davis is a 2019 graduate from Campbell Law School. He is an attorney at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, practicing in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation.
Nominee: Gabriel Snyder, Class of 2017
Gabriel Snyder is a 2014 graduate of Campbell University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in History and a 2017 graduate of Campbell University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. During his time at Campbell University, Snyder met his wife Audrey, who also graduated from Campbell University and Campbell University School of Law.
After graduation, Snyder joined Snyder Law, where he worked alongside his father practicing personal injury, family and criminal law. In his first year of practice, he successfully argued in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He then joined Ward Black Law in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, where he currently practices personal injury, workers’ compensation and eminent domain law. Snyder was recently named by the National Trial Lawyers as “Top 40 under 40” attorneys in North Carolina.
Q: What inspired you to practice law?
A: My inspiration for practicing law has always been fighting for the underdog. There are so many people who need help. My ability to practice law gives that person a voice when they ordinarily would not have one.
Q: How did Campbell Law prepare you for your career?
A: Campbell Law gave me the invaluable ability to think and reason. What 1Ls don’t know is that there are too many laws for you to rely on memory to be a successful advocate. The education that Campbell gave taught me how to read any type of law and apply it to any sort of facts. That has helped me tremendously as I face many different issues that I need to resolve for my clients.
Q: What is your favorite thing about practicing in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation and eminent domain?
A: It all goes back to what inspires me: fighting for the underdog. Being able to advocate for a person who has been injured because of the wrongdoing or carelessness of another, who is not receiving the medical treatment they deserve or a fair valuation on their childhood home — the ability to stand up to big insurance companies and even the State of North Carolina to help people in desperate situations is what gets me excited to come to work every day.
Q: Share a memory or experience that has had a lasting impact on your career.
A: The loss of my sister and the serious injuries I sustained as a result of a crash with a drunk driver has had an enormous impact on me, both personally and professionally. I was always inspired to help people, but the loss of my sister pushed me to advocate for the injured and grieving family members who may have lost a loved one. When I represent seriously injured clients, I picture myself dealing with the injuries from the crash. When I represent a family who has lost a loved one I see my family grieving the loss of my sister. Being able to share their loss with them is such a privilege. I think it enables me to understand in a way many cannot.
Q: What does Campbell University’s motto “leading with purpose” mean to you?
A: Leading with purpose means to me that Campbell graduates do not lead for the sake of leading, we lead with intentionality and a cause. I love that Campbell promotes students graduating and becoming leaders with a purpose in their communities.
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