Penry Terry & Mitchell LLP

Lexington, NC. Family and Criminal law.
Phyllis Penry

Phyllis Penry

A lifelong resident of Davidson County, Phyllis has practiced law since 1975. She received her undergraduate degree from High Point University, and earned an M.A.Ed and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University in 1971 and 1975 respectively. Practicing primarily family law and municipal law for the majority of her legal career, she has served as City Attorney for the City of Lexington for over thirty years and continues in that position. She is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell law directory.

Phyllis is a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar, the 22B Judicial Bar and the Davidson County Bar. She is licensed to practice in all state and local courts, United States District Courts for the Middle District of North Carolina, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Phyllis has served on many Boards and is a member of many Associations, most notably the following:

  • Chairman, Board of the Davidson County Community College
  • Chairman, Board of Lexington Memorial Hospital
    (now Wake Forest Baptist Health - Lexington Memorial Hospital)
  • Member, Board of First Union Banks (now Wells Fargo)
  • Member, Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce and a recipient of the Athena Award in 1995
  • Member, Board of Domestic Violence Services
  • Member, Edward C. Smith Civic Center Board
  • Member, and Board Member of the Municipal Attorney Association

Phyllis is active in the community participating in the Sorosis Book Club, an associate member of the Charity League and is a member of the First Baptist Church where she has served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Member and Chair of the Finance Committee, Sunday School Teacher, and Chair of the Nominating Committee.

She is married to District Court Judge J. Rodwell Penry, Jr. and is the mother of two adult children.

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Wendy Terry

Wendy Terry

Wendy Terry has over 20 years of experience, focusing on: Criminal Law, Traffic Law and Domestic Law.

Wendy Terry practices Family Law and served 12 years as Assistant District Attorney.

Currently serving as the President of 22B Judicial District Bar Association, Terry is a Davie County Chamber member and serves Davie and Davidson Counties.

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Dawn Mitchell

Dawn Mitchell

Dawn served for years as a paralegal before pursuing her law degree in 2011. Prior to receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Charlotte School of Law in 2013, she had over fifteen years experience as a paralegal, almost exclusively in the area of family law.


  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association (Family Law Section) since 2013
  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 2014
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar since 2014
  • Member, Davidson County Bar since 2014
  • Member, 22B Judicial Bar since 2014


  • Born in 1973 and has lived in North Carolina since 1992
  • Charlotte School of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2013
  • Order of the Crown Honors Society
  • Recipient, Cali Award - Family Law
  • Guilford College, High Honors, B.S. Business Administration, 2010

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Morgan Ryerson

Morgan Ryerson

Morgan is originally from Jamestown, North Carolina, after graduating high school she remained local and attended High Point University and received her B.A. in Criminal Justice in two years.

After working for a short time as a paralegal in a family law firm in Greensboro, Morgan decided to return to school to pursue her law degree. While in law school, Morgan participated in several activities including: Phi Alpha Delta, Lawyer on the Line, Moot Court, and the Innocence Project.

When she is not practicing law, she enjoys playing with her four dogs!

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James Downey

James Downey

James, a North Carolina resident since 1996, has over 10 years of practice in civil litigation and primarily focuses on family law.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.A. History, Political Science - 2007
Appalachian School of Law - J.D. - 2011

Licensed to Practice in:
  • North Carolina (2011)
  • Florida (2013 - currently inactive)
  • Michigan (2017)
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association (2012)

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Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Born in Washington, D.C., Julie was raised in Montgomery County, Maryland by a teacher and a federal government worker. She attended Wake Forest University earning her B.A. in 1983 and J.D. in 1987. Julie worked in the insurance industry and as a paralegal until being licensed to practice law in North Carolina where she has handled Family Law, Juvenile, Criminal, Wills, Mediation, and Special Proceedings, as well as other matters for over 30 years.

Julie is an active member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Mocksville, serving in Vacation Bible School and Christian Education. She serves on several community boards, including the Davie County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and the Davie Advocacy Center. Julie is also a member of the Old Rowan Fiber Guild and an avid knitter.

Together with her husband, Michael, she has raised two children in the Davie County Public Schools and was a proud band and basketball mom.

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