The Team of Attorneys

When it comes to navigating through our legal system, there’s no substitute for experience. The attorneys at Rose, Harrison & Gilreath have nearly 40 years of combined experience. Our attorneys have represented clients on the Outer Banks and throughout Northeastern North Carolina in legal matters arising in both business and personal life. Our attorneys have also handled matters in North Carolina, South Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia. We help our clients with matters ranging anywhere from employment disputes, personal injury, real estate and family law to estate planning and traffic violations. Our team of dedicated professionals works hard to help guide you through your case. That means we communicate developments on your case, return phone calls, and explain things in clear and simple terms. We work hard to protect our clients’ rights.


Mr. Rose, a trial lawyer, maintains a very active general litigation practice seeking justice for his clients. He concentrates his practice mainly in the area of plaintiffs’ litigation. Mr. Rose represents individuals and business entities in Federal and State court cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, bodily injury, employee/employer disputes, workers compensation and construction litigation.

Mr. Rose began his practice on the Outer Banks in 1993. Prior to moving to the Outer Banks, he concentrated his practice in defending individuals and companies that were being sued. Mr. Rose dealt directly with insurance claims representatives, from various insurance companies and worked daily with attorneys’ trained and skilled in defending lawsuits. As a result, he has gained a unique perspective from both a defense and plaintiffs point of view when investigating a case, preparing for trial or negotiating a pre-trial settlement.

B.A. James Madison University, 1988. J.D. University of Mississippi, 1992. Admitted to Practice: North Carolina, 1992. United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1992. Member, American Bar Association. Member, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (Professional Negligence Section) (Automobile Negligence Section) (Workers Compensation Section) (Employment Law Section) American Association for Justice.

Past Vice President, Dare Volunteer Action Committee.


Mr. Harrison concentrates his practice in residential real estate transactions, asset purchases, business acquisition and sales, corporate law and wage and hour claims and employment law. Prior to his admission to the North Carolina Bar in 1996, Mr. Harrison was associated with the Richmond, Virginia law firm of Williams, Mullen, Christian and Dobbins.

B.A. Hampden-Sydney College, summa cum laude, 1989; J.D. Washington and Lee University, 1992. Admitted to Practice: Virginia, 1992, North Carolina, 1996. United States Supreme Court, 2003. United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992. United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1992. United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1997. Member, American Bar Association. Virginia Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section) (Real Estate Section).

Trustee, Hampden-Sydney College; Member, Law Council, Washington and Lee School of Law; Member, Outer Banks Hospital Development Council; Vestry, St. Andrew’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church; Director, OBX Bank; Past-President, Dare County Jaycees; Past Chair, Board of Directors, Outer Banks YMCA; Past Director, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. Gilreath focuses his litigation practice in all areas of family law including divorce, equitable distribution, child custody, child support, adoption, alimony, and the defense of child abuse and neglect matters. In addition to his active family law practice, Mr. Gilreath handles various general litigation matters and is available to advise clients with their estate planning, probate and real estate litigation needs. Mr. Gilreath began his legal career as a prosecutor in the State of South Carolina (First Circuit Solicitor’s Office).

B.A. Washington and Lee University, 1994; J.D. University of South Carolina School of Law, 1997. Articles Editor, South Carolina Environmental Law Journal. Admitted to Practice: North Carolina, South Carolina, 1997. United States Supreme Court, 2005, United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1998, United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2003. Member, American Bar Association (Family Law Litigation Sections), North Carolina Bar Association (Family Law Section), North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice. Former Out of State Delegate, South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. Approved Arbitrator, First Judicial District.

Elder, Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church; Past-President, Dare County Jaycees; Past Director, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Chair 2008-2009) ; Member, Manteo Rotary Club; Counsel, Outer Banks Sporting Events.


Dare, Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank & Tyrrell Counties as well as the Outer Banks from Corolla to Cape Hatteras