In her practice, Ann combines her passions for advocating for individuals and for bicycling culture. She represents injured individuals with a special interest in representing victims of bicycle crashes. Ann began her career in 1995 gaining daily courtroom experience as a criminal defense attorney for the Cumberland County Public Defender’s Office and then in private practice in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her criminal defense career culminated in several death penalty trials, including the first case to go to a North Carolina jury, in 2003, on the issue of a defendant’s ineligibility for the death penalty due to intellectual disability.
Over time, beginning with her transition to private practice in 1998, Ann gravitated toward personal injury and civil litigation. At the same time, her passion for riding bikes began to spawn a passion for bicycle advocacy. She joined Peter Wilborn, founder of South Carolina Bike Law, to form North Carolina Bike Law. The organization has grown into Bike Law, serving bicyclists throughout the country. Ann now speaks to bicycling groups and clubs across the state about their members’ rights and responsibilities and bicycling advocacy and culture. She is a regular participant and presenter at the annual North Carolina Bicycle Summit. She works hard to promote bicycling, in particular women’s bicycling, and is a member of a local women’s race team. She has written the Ride Guide, to be used by bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, police officers and anyone interested in understanding North Carolina’s rules of the road as they pertain to bicycles. Ultimately, the goal is to make riding safer and more enjoyable.
In the meantime, Ann’s utmost goal is to help her clients through difficult times. She recognizes that most people want to get back to their lives and not spend years in litigation. She and her staff work diligently and effectively to make that happen. However, when litigation is necessary, they are ready to fight hard for their clients’ best interests and success.
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Areas of Practice:
- Bicycle Crashes
- Serious Personal Injury in Durham
- Personal injury in Charlotte
- Civil Litigation and Trials
- Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1994
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Order of the Coif
Honors: Grant Recipient, Public Interest Law Foundation
Law Journal: Tulane Environmental Law, Editor
- Michigan State University Honors: With Honors Major: B.S. Engineering Arts
- Capital College North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers – Felony Defender Training Program, Institute of Government
- Faculty Member, NCTA Trial Training – Practical Skills, NCBA
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy
- Mass Torts CLE – Bicycles – 2009
- Regular presentations to bicycle groups about safety and protecting cyclists’ rights on the road
- North Carolina Bicycle Summit presenter 2014 and 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Board of Governors, past member
- Employment Section, past Chair
- Criminal Section
- North Carolina Bar Association, Member, Past Chair – Employment CLE
- Charlotte Area Bicycle Association, Member
- League of American Bicyclists, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Federal Bar Association, North Carolina Western District Chapter, Member
- Desert Palace v. Costa and Hill v. Lockheed Martin: One Step Forward, One Step Back, by Ann Groninger, Trial Briefs, December 2004.
- Introducing Exhibits at Trial: A Review of the Basics, by Ann Groninger, Trial Briefs, December 2002.
Pro Bono Activities:
- Coach, High School Mock Trial Team, 2002 – 2006
- Charlotte Area Bicycle Association, 2007 – Present