Located in Historic Salisbury, we combine our small town heart and passion with over 40 years of legal experience to help clients nationwide. Our reputation is well-known. We fight for the individual, often against seemingly insurmountable odds.
In 1981, North Carolina attorney Mona Lisa Wallace founded Wallace and Graham. Over the years that followed, she became nationally known for taking on cases no one else would. She represented members of working families claiming disease and injury caused by some of the largest corporations in the world. Mona has a proven track record for tenacity. Hard-nosed and persistent, she has succeeded for clients when no one else thought it possible. Today, she continues to represent her clients with passion, drive, heart, and a work ethic second to none.
In 1993, Bill Graham joined the firm. A former Assistant District Attorney and prosecutor, Bill has been instrumental in expanding the reach and capabilities of the firm. Bill is known for his compassion towards clients, exceptional recall, and his love and knowledge of medicine and medical conditions. He is a natural leader and shares Mona Lisa's passion for fighting for justice for hard-working Americans.
Together, Bill and Mona Lisa have grown Wallace & Graham to eleven qualified attorneys and over 55 paralegals and legal professionals. Operating from three buildings in the center of historic Salisbury, North Carolina, the firm has grown to have regional and national practice and scope.
Our firm is proud to represent clients in claims both large and small. Our firm is known for defending employees who suffer from work-related injuries, diseases, and cancers and have difficulty navigating the complexities of the civil justice and workers' compensation systems. We have successfully represented thousands of workers who tragically developed mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases and cancers as a result of their employment exposures. We have helped thousands injured by other drivers due to no fault of their own. We are proud of our work on behalf of retirees who lost pension and retirement benefits, and our work on behalf of consumers injured by unsafe products or harmed by fraudulent lending practices. We work on environmental cases to help neighbors negatively affected by companies' improper waste and toxin removals.
Many of our firm's recent hard-fought battles culminated in 2018, with a banner year for our firm and clients. In 2018 alone, Wallace & Graham secured three of the nation's top 100 verdicts ranked by size of the monetary award before the application of post-verdict cap laws.
In 2018, Mona Lisa also took on Duke Power regarding their coal ash pits and helped nearby neighbors secure city water to their homes to keep their families safe from potential toxic exposures.
Also in 2018, Mona Lisa and W&G Attorney John Hughes were recognized for their legal excellence and awarded the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by national public interest firm Public Justice for their work on Inetianbor v. Western Sky Ã¢ÂÂ a predatory cash lender who defrauded thousands of borrowers in Florida and forced them in to arbitration. Mona Lisa and John were successful in winning payment of fine and restitutions to Florida agencies. In addition, the defendants were permanently prohibited from future lending in the state of Florida.
In 2019, our firm was again nominated, for the second year in a row, for American Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for our work on the complex and hard-fought hog farm litigation and jury trials.
We feel thankful and proud that we have been able to help thousands of clients over our past 40 years. We are thankful to so many, including: our co-counsel for sharing our vision and work ethic on behalf of our clients and for the important collaboration often necessary to maximize success; to each other for continuing to work together, persevere, and to bring joy and caring into an often stressful workplace; and to our clients, many of whom have become life-long friends and continue to believe in us, trust us, and give us strength for the next fight.
We look forward to many more years of bringing legal justice to our deserving clients. We pledge to continue to follow our mission to make our clients our priority, and to represent each client as we would our own loved one. Helping others is what makes our job rewarding. Building relationships with our clients and being there for them and their families during their deepest time of need is what Wallace & Graham is all about.
525 N. Main Street
Salisbury NC 28144
We are a contingency-fee only firm. This means we do not charge any money for consultations, and only receive a fee upon the resolution of your claim.
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm
Our firm has handled significant personal injury claims since its inception. Our civil attorneys and professional staff currently represent numerous individuals who were killed or badly injured as a result of the negligent conduct of others.
Our firm handles injuries involving tractor- trailer, motorcycle, automobile, and deaths from tankers that are transporting hazardous chemicals.
Our firm routinely works with insurance companies and adjusters to timely settle automobile accident cases where fault is admitted. However, in many cases, amicable settlements cannot be reached, and our firm is required to file and litigate the matters in court. Some of the cases we have been involved in litigating recently include:
The death of an innocent driver taking his wife to the doctor who died when a tractor trailer pulled from the highway directly into his path in the non-passing lane of I-85. The investigating officer cited our client to be at fault. We were able to prove the investigating officer's report was inaccurate, and that our client was unable to avoid the collision. Sadly, the wife who survived is totally disabled from her injuries.
The death of a young worker at a convenience store who was tragically killed when he was struck while walking across the parking lot by an out of state trucker. We filed this case and secured significant recovery for the young man's family.
The severe injury of a young man driving a truck who was broadsided in a severe collision, and remained a coma for weeks.
The death of a young truck driver who picked up grain at the Wilmington Port and died upon unloading it from respiratory distress. He was not warned or properly advised of the potential toxicity of the grain he was transporting.
The death of a motorcycle driver, a business owner and popular community figure, who was originally cited as responsible for the accident that took his life. Our firm was able to overcome the investigating officer's failure to property assign fault to the responsible party, and achieve recovery for this family.
No one ever chooses to be the victim of someone else's negligence. No one chooses to rack up medical bills, lose wages, or experience pain and limitations. But you can choose to ensure that you collect what you deserve from the negligent party. Wallace & Graham has an experienced intake department, medical department, investigative paralegal staff, and attorneys who have excelled in handling catastrophic cases. Our experienced staff work daily with insurance companies, Medicare, and other medical providers to help our clients recover fair compensation.
In addition to the benefit of our experience and tenacity, when you retain Wallace & Graham you will also receive individual attention from a compassionate North Carolina injury lawyer and professional legal staff who will stand beside you every step of the way. Call us today at 800.849.5291 for a free consultation or email us.
"Our Clients Are Our Priority."
Our firm motto says it all. We make listening to and fighting for our clients our number one focus. Our wide variety of practice areas include:
Personal Injury (Automobile, Trucking, Motorcycle)
Social Security Disability
Workers' Compensation - On the job injuries and disease
Consumer Protection and Class Action Litigation
Asbestos-related diseases and cancers
Wage & Hour Discrimination
Dangerous Drugs and Medical Devices
Our firm philosophy also focuses on giving back to our community. Our attorneys and legal professionals are devoted to numerous community causes. Our firm's partners recently supported the building of the Wallace Cancer Center in Salisbury, NC which will help thousands of cancer victims in our firm's community.
Chemical Related Cancers or Diseases
Mesothelioma & Asbestosis
Bill Graham is a partner with the law firm of Wallace & Graham. Mr. Graham is a former prosecutor and is a strong supporter of law enforcement in North Carolina. Mr. Graham is also a strong supporter of legal protection for United States military service members and their families in North Carolina.
Mr. Graham has served on the North Carolina Rules Review Commission, is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and formerly served as Secretary of the Cabarrus County Board of Elections.
Mr. Graham is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank of Rowan. Mr. Graham is a successful businessman outside of his law practice. His latest business venture is developing an insurance product for people in the event that they lose their jobs.
Mr. Graham is active in the Republican Party. A committed conservative, he has been a strong supporter of The Jesse Helms Center, where he currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors, and is an active member in the American Conservative Union. Bill served on the U.S. Agriculture Committee for Senator Jesse Helms.
Mr. Graham recently spearheaded one of the largest grassroots movements in North Carolina history, which brought 75,000 North Carolinians forward to sign a petition and 1,000 people to a downtown rally in Raleigh. The Raleigh News & Observer recently wrote that Graham’s “crusade against the state gas tax has hit a nerve across North Carolina.” Governor Easley was forced to cap the gas tax and as a result North Carolina taxpayers saved $159 million in 2007.
Over the course of his outstanding career, Mr. Graham has become acknowledged as a dedicated North Carolina wrongful death attorney and personal injury litigator. He has extensive experience litigating Navy veteran mesothelioma cases. Highly knowledgeable in various aspects of personal injury law, Mr. Graham offers effective representation for North Carolina work injury victims, toxic exposure and chemical exposure sufferers.
A native of Harnett County, Mr. Graham currently serves on the Catawba College Board of Trustees.
Mona Lisa Wallace is a partner in the law firm of Wallace & Graham, P.A. She has successfully brought, litigated, and settled numerous significant personal injury, wrongful death, defective drug, asbestos, multiple-claimant and mass-tort claims. She has successfully prosecuted asbestos toxic exposure claims on behalf of thousands of workers. Her products liability experience injuries and wrongful deaths from asbestos, silica, chemical poisonings and other dangers and exposures.
Wallace was born and raised in the small communities of Salisbury and Spencer, N.C. Growing up, she was determined to better herself and find a way to help those around her. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1976. Then she attended Wake Forest University School of Law, where she received a Juris Doctor Degree in 1979. With law degree in hand, she returned to her hometown and started a small general law practice in Salisbury.
Wallace began to get requests for help by area power company employees, and when she investigated, she found evidence that they had become exposed to asbestos in the high heat at the power plants where they worked. In this era, before liability had been established, Wallace was at the forefront of the asbestos claims. She often found herself the sole attorney for the victim, and the only woman attorney, facing a courtroom full of corporate defense lawyers. She faced heavy odds, but by the 1990s, Wallace had successfully represented tens of thousands of employees who had become ill due to asbestos exposure in a wide variety of industrial settings.
In the early 2000s, she grew her law firm into other areas. She brought successful class actions for employees and retirees who claimed their medical and retirement benefits were unfairly reduced. She also co-counseled with consumer and nonprofit lawyers to take on predatory lenders, and those class action settlements brought significant refunds to tens of thousands of low-income borrowers. When the cases started, the state was full of brick-and-mortar payday lending stores that trapped working people inside a cycle of debt. But after the cases were brought, the stores left the state.
In recent years, Wallace has taken a personal interest in the claims of victims of occupational cancers. Even after OSHA regulations were put in place to eliminate work hazards, Wallace still saw a steady stream of people exposed to dangerous chemicals and products in the workplace who later developed cancer. While asbestos cancers have been widely publicized, the public remains less aware of the many other toxic substances and chemicals that cause cancer. Wallace has sought to heighten public awareness on this issue and to promote early medical screening and assessment.
For many years, Wallace has supported Public Justice and served as president in 2009. She remains a member of the Board of Directors. She has been a driving force behind many initiatives of Public Justice meant to improve access to justice and ensure a level playing field for our most vulnerable citizens.
In the North Carolina State Bar, Mona has served as an advisory member of the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee and as a member of other committees. She has served with the Wake Forest School of Law Board of Visitors, the Hood Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and the New York Board of Directors of the Raoul Wallenberg Committee. Wallace is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the co-chair of its Products Liability Section. In 2006, she won the Academy’s Ebbie Award. She has received the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Award for Outstanding Service as Products Liability Section Co-Chair and the North Carolina Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit. In 2014, she received the North Carolina Justice Center’s Defenders of Justice Award.
Wallace has two daughters and a granddaughter. Her daughter Whitney Wallace is now a lawyer at her firm, while her younger daughter, Lane Wallace, has pursued a career in environmentally conscientious design and construction. Wallace and her family have been longtime supporters of the local Salisbury and Spencer communities; she has been a member of the Board of Trustees for Catawba College in Salisbury. She and her family have contributed significantly to various charities through the Mona Lisa and Lee Wallace Foundation.
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