William R. Terpening
For fifteen years, Will Terpening has fought tirelessly, thoughtfully and effectively for his clients in white collar criminal cases; in complicated business litigation matters; and for executives, professionals, and corporations in times of intense crisis. Will is a member of a dying breed - the litigator who loves the courtroom and who still spends a substantial amount of time there, and who values substance over appearance. Clients value him not only for his hard working approach to trial work - they also depend on his skill as a writer, negotiator, counselor, and problem solver. He is a go-to lawyer for unique disputes – from his perspective: the more unusual and complicated the problem, the better.
He is particularly experienced in federal court, having clerked for a federal judge in the Western District of North Carolina and focused his practice on federal litigation. He regularly handles high stakes federal criminal and civil trials and appeals, IRS/tax controversies, SEC/securities fraud matters, and government and internal investigations. In addition, he applies the experience he has gained from helping clients through times of crisis to counseling companies, executives, and professionals regarding compliance and general business planning so that they can proactively avoid disruptive problems.
After a recent trial, one client remarked to Will: “I could never have stood up to those guys without you.” This is the kind of feedback that matters the most to Will, and he is fortunate to regularly hear some variation of it from clients. Will became a lawyer to fight for the underdog, protect rights, and ensure a fair fight where his clients’ positions are presented comprehensively, accurately, and effectively. It is what he lives to do.
Will Terpening founded Terpening Wilder Law, after a successful term as managing partner of the Charlotte office of a large national firm, specifically because he wanted to provide top quality legal services at more reasonable rates and closer and more constant attention to clients, and develop a law firm that blended extreme perfectionism and professionalism with a more “human” approach to the practice of law.
Will is licensed in North Carolina and Georgia, and practices nationally. He obtained a B.A. from Brown University, magna cum laude, and with high honors in English and American Literature, has an M.A. in English from Duke, and obtained his Juris Doctor from Duke as well.
Raboteau T. Wilder, Jr.
Rob Wilder is the attorney clients choose when a situation requires the utmost level of experience, finesse and resourcefulness. A litigator and counselor for over 35 years, Rob is known for his tenacious work ethic and talent for producing useful research, combined with his ability to develop effective strategies for success in trial.
Having litigated more than 200 jury trials, Rob is a personable and persuasive individual, highly skilled in the art of presenting large amounts of complex information in a manner that is concise and approachable. His specialties include helping clients face litigation pertaining to products liability, catastrophic injuries, and healthcare, as well as having represented clients with antitrust suits and served as an advisor for corporate clients performing internal investigations.
Comfortable serving as a lead counsel, Rob has built a reputation based on integrity, success and professionalism. Formerly an Assistant U. S. Attorney and a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, he believes his success has been due to his fierce protection of his clients’ best interests and comprehensive understanding of the litigation process, along with the effort he applies to conduct discovery and prepare cases for trial.
With a comprehensive knowledge of numerous industries, from banking, health care and pharmaceuticals to heavy industrials and building materials, Rob is considered the ‘go to’ guy when businesses are on the line and livelihoods are at stake. His experience and proven track record is backed by a solid educational background, and the many honors that he has earned attest to the value of his conscientious and thorough approach.
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America for 10 years.
- Listed in SuperLawyers and Legal Elite.
- Rated AV by Martindale.
Outside of helping his clients achieve their goals, Rob enjoys pursuing an active lifestyle and spending time with his family, which includes his wife, two grown children and two grandchildren. Tutoring third graders in the Little Lawyers Literacy program, reading and cooking are some of his other favorite pastimes.
Allison L. Vaughn
Allison is an associate attorney at Terpening Wilder Law. She comes to the Firm with a background in criminal and civil law. Allison has experience with preparing pleadings, drafting and reviewing discovery, and in the courtroom. Having gained an extensive amount of courtroom experience at such an early stage in her career, she prides herself on being a zealous advocate for her clients and guiding them through the court process with a comforting approach.
Allison supports the TWL team in preparing cases from start to finish. From preparing discovery to complex legal research and writing, Allison works vigorously to provide top-notch legal services to her clients. She believes in a client-centered approach where attention to detail is key to achieving the best outcome for her clients.
Allison earned her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, magna cum laude, and her Juris Doctor from The Charleston School of Law where she served on the editorial board for the Federal Courts Law Review. While on the editorial board, Allison had the opportunity to edit student law review papers that are submitted annually for publication. This is where her keen interest in complex federal legal issues arose. While in law school, Allison received a CALI Award in Business Associations, Health Law and Bioethics, Property Law, and Constitutional Law.
McKensey K. Brock
McKensey joined us in April of 2017. Her experience in the service industry and sales has given her the tools to be an asset to our team. She strives to give our clients excellent customer service and to be a critical point of contact. Beyond her administrative duties, McKensey supports two of the partners here at TWL. She is growing and expanding her knowledge in the legal field and we have great expectations for her future at the Firm.
Hailee A. Chastain
North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal Hailee Chastain is the force that keeps Terpening Wilder Law running. She is the first “face of the Firm” that many meet, and the person in the Firm who both the attorneys and clients rely on to coordinate getting things done. In addition to serving as a counselor and frequent point of contact for clients, and critical resource for research and analysis, Hailee manages all non-legal matters for the Firm and supervises the support staff. A talented communicator, Hailee reflects Terpening Wilder Law's hallmark traits: empathy towards clients and a meaningful understanding of their situation, passion for protecting clients’ rights under highly adverse circumstances, and the correct balance of toughness, nuance, and kindness necessary for the type of work we do. She provides a unique and valuable perspective on all stages of our litigation, contributing to trial strategy, the discovery process, and briefing alike.
Hailee’s mission includes taking care of the whole client: making sure that criminal defendants are assisted not just with their legal issue, but that they also receive the support and access to resources they need to thrive once they return to society after a period of incarceration.
In addition to being a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal, Hailee is a Notary Public. As well, she obtained a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, magna cum laude, and has a Post-Baccalaureate diploma in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.