Mr. Will Meekins is a proud product of the Cleveland County School system and is thrilled to return home to work in the community and raise his family. Will is no stranger to conflict and is driven to translate his past leadership experience, attention to detail, and devotion to preparation into effective legal advocacy for clients of the firm.
Upon receiving a congressional nomination, Will began his military service at the United States Military Academy at West Point. While a Cadet, Will was a member of the grappling team, team captain of the trial team, and was selected to serve as the Brigade Adjutant of the United States Corps of Cadets. An American Legal Studies major, Will was presented the Major Lisa C. Vigna award, which is given to the one legal studies Cadet who best exemplifies MAJ Vigna’s dedication, passion, courage, selflessness, spirit, and strength of character.
After graduating from West Point, Will began his service as an Infantry Officer and graduated from Ranger School, the Army’s premier leadership and small unit tactics school. He earned his expert infantryman badge and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal as well as other Army Commendations and Achievement Medals. Will graduated from both Army Airborne and Air Assault schools and received extensive experience teaching small unit tactics and leadership to students and Cadets at Howard University, Duke, UNC, and NCCU. Will is still serving as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves, as a Military Academy Liaison Officer for West Point admissions and on Congressman Patrick McHenry’s Military Advisory Committee.
Following his active-duty service, Will began his legal education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law where he graduated with honors. Will served as a member of the editorial board of the North Carolina Law Review and was published as a student author. Will was a competing member and coach of the Broun National Trial Team and served several years as the President of the Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization. Will was selected as an Honors Writing Scholar and a Dean’s fellow and worked as an enrichment group leader for property and contracts law, a Research Assistant in support of UNC’s strategic initiative to promote democracy, and member of the law school’s Academic Affairs Committee. During the summers Will worked at Young Moore and Henderson, P.A. and as an extern for the Honorable Judge Max O. Cogburn of the Western District of North Carolina, United States District Court. Focusing his volunteering on supporting homeless Veterans in Buncombe County, NC, Will completed 100 pro bono hours.
Will’s proudest achievement in law school was his selection as one of eight students to the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society for academic and personal excellence and a willingness to serve for the betterment of the School of Law and its faculty and students.
Will is excited to rejoin the community and looks forward to opportunities to give back to Cleveland County alongside his wonderful wife, Lyndsey, and their four children.