Mr. Dana Jackson Wilson
I have lived in North Carolina for 25 years. I moved to Pfafftown, NC when I was 11 years old. Prior to that, my family lived in a number of states in the northeast due to my father's profession as a restaurant manager. Moving to the South was one of the best things that ever happen to me.
No one in my immediate family attended college. As a result, I spent several years in the workforce before I got serious about higher education. I worked in the granite and marble industry fabricating and installing natural stone counter tops for six years. During that time, I knew I wanted to attend college and ultimately become an attorney but, coming from a blue collar family, it felt like a pipe dream that would never be realized.
I began taking college courses at night after a full day working in the granite shop at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. I earned two years worth of credits towards my bachelor's degree this way before becoming a full-time student. Yet even after becoming a full-time student I always had a job. I worked in the restaurant industry for a time while in school and also operated a small house painting company. The only year I didn't work while in school was my first year of law school as this was prohibited. That summer I interned at a law firm and worked as a waiter. During my second and third years in law school I interned for a law firm in Greensboro and continued to wait tables. Upon graduation, I was fortunate enough to land a job at an Elder Law firm. After learning the ropes, I decided it was time to build a firm of my own and add Family Law to my skill set.
During my early twenties while working and attending school in Asheville, NC I began to train in the martial arts. I studied Tang Soo Do (karate) with a 5th degree Master named Chuck Blackburn. I trained under him for for three years; ultimately earning my first black belt rank and learning a lot about myself in the process. I then moved away from Asheville and transferred to UNC-Greensboro and began training in Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan with the Cloud Forest Chin Woo Association under the tutelage of 10th degree Grandmaster David Kash. I recieved my 3rd degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu in 2011 and I hold ranks in Tai Chi Chuan as well. People often ask I I have ever had to "use my training". The answer is yes. I use my training everyday for the betterment of myself, my family and my clients interests.
My years in the martial arts helped me become a more focused, conscious and confident person. Martial artists are keenly aware of their strengths and their weaknesses and strive to improve everyday. I apply this same mentality to my law practice and my family life.
I am happily married and the proud father of one young, red-haired son named Eli. When I'm not practicing law and advocating for my clients I enjoy camping, hiking, watching movies on the big screen and traveling to warm sunny places.
Elon University School of Law
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A., Religious Studies cum laude
Activities & Affiliations
• Shaolin Kung Fu, 3rd degree black belt
• Tang Soo Do Karate, 1st Degree black belt
• Tai Chi practitioner
• North Carolina