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Gavin J. Reardon

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

Candidate for Superior Court Judge

Guilford County, North Carolina, District 18D

Certifications & Admissions

Certified Appellate Practice Specialist, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization (2016)

Admitted to Practice

North Carolina (1994)

South Carolina (2016)

Supreme Court of the United States

Court of Appeals for the U.S. Fourth Circuit

Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Federal District Court (All North Carolina districts)


Boston University School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, Boston,


LLM (Tax), May 1999. GPA: 3.47

·       Wrote final project advocating phase out of the Natural Resources Depletion Credit and creation of tax-based incentives to reduce waste and create a more efficient market for the creation and sale of recycled goods.

Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana

JD, magna cum laude, May 1994

Certificate of Emphasis in Environmental Law

GPA: 3.603

Class Standing: Top 5%, 15th of 319

Order of the Coif

Senior Managing Editor, Tulane Law Review, Vol. 68.

·       Managed 35 students in the production of the Tulane Law Review.

·       Used new technology to convert the Review to a "Camera Ready" format, which reduced costs by 20 percent, and allowed us to publish all six issues on time, in contrast to previous and later volumes.


Senior Fellow

·       As a third-year law student, taught two-semester course to first year law students on the Fundamentals of Legal Research and Writing.

·       In addition to teaching and grading legal research and writing assignments, tutored students on a variety of subjects. Mentored 15 first year law students, helping them develop productive study habits and successful strategies for balancing their academic and nonacademic demands.

·       Proposed and developed a “building block” curriculum that placed greater emphasis on developing proficiency through shorter assignments, such as well-crafted paragraphs, prior to moving on to more complex assignments such as legal briefs.

Adams & Reese Merit Scholar for academic achievement as a student of the Civil Law (i.e., law based on Louisiana’s Napoleonic code).

Professional Responsibility “Asterisk” for the highest grade in Professional Responsibility for essay examining the three predominant and competing theories of “justice” and arguing that, in our form of government, a “syncretic justice” can best be achieved if the courts are guided by the “just deserts” theory, the legislature by distributive justice theory, and the executive by the positivist justice theory.

Member, Tulane Law Review, Vol. 67

Member, Tulane Environmental Law Journal

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

BA, Classics, April 1988

Honors: Dean's List, President's 100, NROTC Academic Achievement Award.

Legal Experience

Partner, Rossabi Reardon Klein Spivey PLLC, Greensboro, North Carolina (May 2016 - Present).

·       General litigation and business practice.

·       Act as counselor to a wide-range of businesses and individuals for tax and business matters.

·       Strategize with, advise, and advocate for clients on all nature of litigation in all forums.

·       Handle all of the firm’s appeals.

·       Supervise junior attorneys.


Associate, Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA, Greensboro, North Carolina (April 2008 - May 2016).

·       Handled a wide range of business and general litigation matters and tax disputes.

·       Was responsible for most of the firm’s appeals, including making several successful arguments to the Court of the Appeals for the U.S. Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

·       Represented criminal defendants in North Carolina district courts and U.S. Federal District courts.

·       Created, organized and taught at a well-received 6 credit-hour CLE, “The Life of a Lawsuit: Issues in the Six Phases of a Civil Action from Case Assessment through Executing on a Judgment.”

Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Logistics Command/Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia (May 2006 – January 2008)

·       Primary legal adviser to the Commanding General responsible for all Marine Corps logistics and to the General Court Martial Convening Authority responsible for a major Marine Corps installation.

·       Provided counsel on military justice, civilian employment, government ethics, federal procurement and expenditures, and other military and civilian legal issues.

·       Supervised and mentored junior attorneys whose primary practice was in prosecuting and defending military crimes at courts-martial.

·       Managed a full-service law center that provided legal assistance to active military, retirees, and their dependents.

·       Performed mandatory legal review of all courts-martials records, administrative separation packages and other legal actions.

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Multinational Force - West, Camp Fallujah, Iraq (Aug. 2005 – March 2006)

·       Awarded Bronze Star medal for meritorious achievements.

·       Primary legal adviser on Operational Law to the Commanding General of the Multinational Force responsible for military operations in Western Iraq, including Fallujah, Ramadi, Najaf and Al Qaim.

·       Endeavored to insure that a joint force of U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Soldiers, and Iraqi Security Forces complied with the Rules of Engagement (“ROE”), Geneva Conventions, and other laws of armed conflict.


·         Instructed officers and enlisted personnel on the purposes, requirements, limits, strengths and deficiencies of the ROE.

·         Worked with lower and higher headquarters to refine the ROE to better achieve the multinational force’s long-range goals by reducing needless deaths of, and injuries to, coalition forces and noncombatants and minimizing the needless destruction of noncombatant property.

Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (Nov. 2004 – Aug. 2005):

·         Legal adviser to the Commanding General of the largest operational unit in the Corps.

·         Drafted memorandum for action by the Secretary of the Navy.

·         Developed and executed the training course for judge advocates deploying to Iraq.

·         Collaborated in developing and presenting training package on the Rules of Engagement/Law of War to over 12,000 Marines and Sailors deploying to Iraq. Revised ROE/LOW training program to require greater interaction between instructor and students in order to obtain student “buy-in” and insure that the information taught was relevant to, and understood and absorbed by, the instructed Marines and Sailors.

Corporate & Securities Associate, Schell Bray Aycock Abel &

Livingston, Greensboro, North Carolina (Aug. 2000 – Jan. 2002, Sept. 2003 – Nov. 2004).

·         Advised clients, researched issues, and drafted a wide variety of documents relating to the acquisition, sale, management and financing of businesses and to pertinent state and federal securities regulations.

Judge Advocate Individual Augment, Camp Lejeune/Marine Corps Air Station New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina (Jan. 2002 – Sept. 2003).

·         Volunteered for service immediately following 9/11. Was mobilized in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, serving in the following three critical “hot-fill” billets.


Director, Joint Law Center, MCAS New River (Dec. 2002 – Sept. 2003).

·       Managed a full-service law center with six attorneys and an enlisted and civilian staff.

·       Worked with primarily civilian air station staff on all employment, labor, procurement, and environmental matters affecting the air station and its Marines, civilian employees and resident dependents.

·       Supervised the provision of legal assistance to the Marines, Sailors, and civilians of the air station. Legal Assistance section provided hundreds of clients with assistance in matters such as divorce, adoption, landlord-tenant controversies, debtor-creditor issues, and abusive trade practice cases.

·       Supervised the organization, staffing, and functioning of a Tax Center providing free tax preparation to thousands of servicemen and women and their dependents.

·       Permanent member of the Family Readiness Case Review Committee charged with investigating, substantiating, and addressing all allegations of domestic violence or child abuse/neglect onboard the air station.

·       Legal adviser to 23 military commands assigned to the air station. Assisted with all military justice matters. Provided formal instruction to commanders and their units on subjects such as military justice and administrative processing.

Special Prosecutor, LSSS, Camp Lejeune (May.– Dec. 2002).

·       Prosecuted complex drug conspiracy and officer cases.

Staff Judge Advocate, 2d Force Service Support Group (Jan.– May 2002).

·       Primary legal adviser to the Commander, advising him on all legal issues. Negotiated pretrial agreements and directed the prosecution of all major felonies, including rape, drug distribution, and firearms cases. Through innovation and diligence, eliminated a six-month backlog of administrative separations.

Associate Attorney, Carruthers & Roth, P.A., Greensboro, North Carolina (Sept. 1999 - Aug. 2000).

·       Practiced in the areas of Estate Planning, Taxation, Tax Controversies, and Business Transactions utilizing specialized knowledge in taxation. Advised clients and drafted complex estate planning documents and memorandum concerning advanced taxation issues; created, dissolved, and transferred business entities.


Chief Trial Counsel, Marine Corps Air Station, New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina (Mar. 1996-Mar. 1997).

·       Lead prosecutor or supervising attorney in all major legal actions.

·       Trained junior attorneys in ethics, trial advocacy, evidence, case preparation and case management.

·       Reduced the average time from receipt of charges to conviction by over 50%.

·       Commended by the Secretary of the Navy for developing a computer program that automated the drafting of charges and related documents resulting in higher efficiency and accuracy.

Defense Counsel, Marine Corps Air Station, New River, Jacksonville, North Carolina (Oct. 1994 - Mar. 1996).

·       Attorney of record for Marines and Sailors in all criminal and administrative proceedings directly affecting their substantial rights; including courts-martial, nonjudicial punishments, administrative separations, fitness report rebuttals, and appeals to federal agencies of adverse actions.

·       Responsible for all phases of criminal defense including client counseling, pretrial negotiations, military grand jury equivalent, depositions, motions practice, trial, and post-trial clemency appeals.

Teaching Experience

Technical Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Assistant Professor, Boston University (Mar. 1997 - Sep. 1999)

·       Marine Officer Instructor, BU-MIT Navy ROTC Consortium, Boston.

·       Developed curricula and taught History, Principles of Leadership and Military/Naval Science courses. Collaborated with other faculty to cross-teach classes in order to provide specialized knowledge and to broaden students’ learning experience.

·       Collaborated with students and other faculty members in order to develop weekly “leadership labs” for the entire midshipman battalion that engaged the midshipmen’s interest, challenged their faculties, and required them to actively participate in the learning process.

·       Primary academic advisor to over 200 midshipmen in the Navy ROTC program at MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, and Boston College. Provided personal and professional guidance on academics, military service, leadership, and the responsibilities of an adult citizen in a free democracy.


Other Non-Legal Military Experience

Disbursing Officer, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (Jan. 1991 – July 1991)

·       Operation Provide Comfort. Deployed to Northern Iraq immediately following Desert Storm cease fire in order to provide protection and emergency assistance to Iraqi Kurds.

·       Coordinated and supervised the financial activities of a Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed on two continents and numerous countries, including a combat zone.

Comptroller, 2d Marine Division (1989 – 1990)

·       First 2nd Lieutenant assigned a Comptroller billet out of The Basic School.

·       Performed duties of Budget Officer, a senior officer’s billet.

·       Formulated and executed a budget of over $26,000,000.

Sergeant, Infantry, U.S. Marine Corps (1985-1988)

·       Received expedited “Meritorious” promotions to grades lance corporal through sergeant.

·       Distinguished Military Graduate (“Honorman”) of Platoon 2075, Marine Corps Boot Camp, Parris Island, South Carolina.

·       Class Leader, Infantry Training School, Camp Pendleton, California

·       Selected “Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year” (1986) for Marine Barracks Naval Submarine Base, New London due to achievements as Training NCO and Assistant Guard Section Leader. Awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and selected to become an officer through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program.

·       Graduated Marine Officer Candidates School “Leadership Honorman.”

Sergeant, Infantry, Massachusetts Army National Guard (1981-1985)

·       Enlisted at age 17 to help pay for college.

·       Graduated Basic Training/Advanced Infantry Training as “Honorman.”

·       Selected by unit to attended Primary NCO School despite not yet possessing the normally required enrollment rank of Sergeant. Upon graduation, invited to join the staff as an instructor.

·       During tenure, had highest graduation rate and most “Honormen” of any instructor at Primary NCO School.

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