Amanda & Tyler Moffatt
Partners in a law and in life, Amanda and Tyler Moffatt, L’10, have successfully built a marriage and a law firm since attending Elon Law.
“During orientation we were both assigned to work with Red Dog Farm, an animal rescue group founded by Greensboro Attorney Garland Graham. This is the first time we met, but we managed to stay involved with Red Dog Farm fostering animals and volunteering with them throughout law school,” the Moffatts said. “It didn’t prepare us for the practice of law, but it did start the beginnings of what would eventually turn into Moffatt & Moffatt, PLLC.”
The Moffatts opened their firm in Boone, N.C. in October 2010. The firm has primarily developed around business litigation. They have gained experience in wide range of legal areas and have practiced in the Superior Courts of North Carolina, North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina and the United States Tax Court. Last year, Tyler was admitted to the Tennessee Bar and, as a result, their practice has recently extended into the greater Nashville area.
“The professors that taught at Elon were superior in preparing us for the practice of law,” the Moffatts said. “Law school and law practice are definitely two different worlds, but without the knowledge and preparation that Elon went above and beyond providing us, we would not have been able to accomplish what we have in such a short period of time. The way the professors were so accessible and personable towards students made learning more engaging and memorable.”
The Moffatts recognize that their unique experience of opening a law firm right after graduating law school is not for everyone. However, they advise students who are interested in starting their own law firm to get involved and start networking as early.
“If you do decide to open your own firm, the number one piece of advice that we would give is to network, network, network. We were fortunate that when we opened our firm, we were able to make connections with certain individuals and companies and those connections have formed the foundation from which we have grown our litigation practice,” they said. “Almost all of our clients are referrals through word of mouth - us having either met them at an event or a recommendation from a current or past client. We have managed to build a successful practice with minimal formal advertising by way of a website, and without having to have our number listed in the phonebook. You never know who you could get a referral from, so take the time to talk to people and explain what you do.”