Daniel R. Talbert is a lifelong resident of Cleveland County, North Carolina. He attended Crest High School where he graduated valedictorian in 1994. Growing up, he was an avid golfer and four-year letterman at Crest High School with all four years obtaining All-Conference Honors and being named 1994 Northwestern High School Golfer of the Year. He grew up on River Bend Golf Course in Cleveland County and spent many hours learning the life lessons that the sport teaches.
His excellence in academics followed him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1998 with a B.A. Degree with Honors in Political Science. At Chapel Hill, he was active in many extracurricular activities. In his senior year, he was named President of the Board of Directors of The Daily Tarheel Newspaper, which is the daily student publication that is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top college newspapers. He was also active in the Pre-Law Fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and Vice-President of the organization his junior and senior years. He received the accolade of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 1998 from the late Dr. Michael Hooker, which is one of the University’s highest distinctions given for his contributions to the university community.
After four years at Chapel Hill, he chose to attend Campbell Law School for its reputable strength in trial advocacy. At law school, he was Chairman of the Mediation in Advocacy program and was also President of the Campbell Law Democrats. He graduated from Campbell in 2001. During his summers in law school, he had clerkship with the law firm of Stott, Hollowell, Palmer & Windham in Gastonia, North Carolina with a concentration on insurance defense and municipal law as well as a clerkship with Teddy, Meekins & Talbert. He graduated from law school in 2001 from Buies Creek and was admitted to practice law in North Carolina that same year.
Mr. Talbert chose to return to his roots in Cleveland County and joined the law firm of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert after being admitted to practice. He was invited by the firm to become a partner in 2005. He has been elected the 2003-2004 President of the 27B Judicial District (including both Lincoln and Cleveland County) as well as President and Vice-President of the local Cleveland County Bar Association. He is active in the same church he grew up in – Central United Methodist Church, currently serving as a member of the Administrative Board and also as a youth counselor since 2001. He is happily married to Jessica Talbert who is a local social worker. He still enjoys playing golf and backpacking, hiking over 1000 miles on the Appalachian Trail.
Mr. Talbert’s practice concentrates on trial litigation, both criminal defense and family law. He is a member of the North Carolina and Cleveland County Bar Associations, The North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, North Carolina Criminal Defense Section, and Family Law Section of the Academy of Trial Lawyers.