Firm History & Profile
The law firm now known as Williamson, Dean, Williamson & Sojka, L.L.P. was founded in 1980 by Dan Dean and Richard Brown. Their partnership grew in 1984 with the addition of Andy Williamson, a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Drew Williamson, a former law clerk to the Honorable S. Gerald Arnold, N.C. Court of Appeals. Nick Sojka joined the firm in 1993 after six years in practice with a large Charlotte law firm with offices and clients throughout North and South Carolina.

In 1994, Andy Williamson retired from the fulltime practice of law and became “Of Counsel” to the firm. Richard Brown left the firm in 1996 to serve as a District Court Judge and now serves as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for Judicial District 16-A. Andy Williamson retired fully from the practice of law in 2002.

Two members of the firm have served in leadership roles on the State Bar Council, the governing body of the North Carolina State Bar. Andy Williamson served from 1977-85. Founding partner Dan Dean served from 1994-2000, during which time he served as Chair of the Authorized Practice Committee, Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee, and Chair of the Lawyers Assistance Program Board. He also served on the Executive Committee, the Professionalism Committee and the Publications Committee. From 2001-2006 Dean served on the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the North Carolina State Bar, serving as Chair of such Board from 2003-2006.

Members of the firm are admitted to practice before all state and federal trial courts in North Carolina. Our attorneys have significant experience in trials in both state and federal courts, including experience in handling large, complex litigation. All attorneys are members of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Scotland County Bar Association, and one member of the firm (Nick Sojka) is also a member of the South Carolina Bar. All four members of the firm have previously served as President of both the county and district bar associations.

The firm is privileged to serve as counsel to a number of important local institutions including the Scotland County Schools, Hoke County Schools, Laurinburg Housing Authority, Southern Pines Housing Authority and Laurinburg Board of Realtors. The firm also serves as counsel to many local businesses and industries.

However, the firm has always maintained a strong, unchanging emphasis on serving individuals. Our attorneys are heavily committed to practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, worker’s compensation and disability, real estate, wills, trusts and estate planning, decedents estates, traffic violations, and all aspects of business law, including corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.

Consistent with the firm’s focus on helping people, all members of the firm take pride in the many different leadership roles in which they serve in their churches, in charitable and civic organizations, and in business and professional groups.