When it comes to navigating through our legal system, there’s no substitute for experience. The attorneys at Rose Harrison & Gilreath, P.C. have over 50 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 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.
Dennis C. Rose
Dennis began employment as an Associate with the law firm of Anderson Cox & Ennis in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he worked for insurance companies. He defended persons and companies being sued. In 1993, he moved back to Nags Head. Dennis began his general practice by handling various types of criminal and civil cases. He continued to develop his trial practice by defending various clients charged with serious felonies, including Capital Murder.
As the years went by, Dennis continued to develop a civil litigation practice by helping clients resolve contract disputes, employment matters, and assisting those persons seriously injured on their job or injured because of someone else’s conduct. In 1995, he and his law partner and long-time family friend, Peebles Harrison, began the law firm of Rose & Harrison. In 2000, James R. Gilreath, Jr., joined Dennis and Peebles.
Dennis grew up on a small farm in Southeastern Virginia. He attended James Madison University where he studied Political Science and Economics. Dennis received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the James Madison University in 1988. After moving to Nags Head, on the Outer Banks, and working for a year, Dennis enrolled in law school at the University of Mississippi, where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1992. In 1992, he completed an internship with a United States Magistrate for the United States District Court - Eastern District of North Carolina. Dennis is admitted to practice in North Carolina and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dennis concentrates his practice in trial litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trial.
Dennis is a certified Superior Court mediator and is available to help resolve matters throughout the First Judicial District.
Dennis has served as past Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the First Judicial District Bar. Dennis is a member of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Beach Food Pantry. Dennis enjoys hunting, baseball and spending time with his young daughters.
M. Peebles Harrison
Peebles was raised on a tobacco farm in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College where he studied history and economics. He graduated summa cum laude in 1989. After Hampden-Sydney, he attended The Washington and Lee University School of Law where he graduated in 1992. After graduation, Peebles worked as an associate in the employment and labor section at William Mullen Christian and Dobbins, a law firm in Richmond, Virginia. In 1995, he and his new bride moved to the Outer Banks, where he joined up with Dennis Rose, an old family friend from Dinwiddie. Peebles and his wife, Avery, reside in Duck and have three children.
As a member of Rose Harrison and Gilreath, Peebles’ practice has been diverse. He started off handling domestic and collections matters before taking over the real estate practice. While concentrating in real estate, Peebles handled asset purchases, business acquisitions, and corporate law. He also continued his work in the employment area. In 2007, a client retained Peebles to handle collective actions (class actions in wage and hour lawsuits) in Virginia, Florida, Nevada, and Massachusetts. After resolving those matters, the same client retained Peebles in the defense of class action lawsuits involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As that case is now finishing up, Peebles is back to concentrating on his basic employment and labor practice, and estate administration.
Peebles is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Virginia. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court - Western District of Virginia, United States District Court - Eastern District of Virginia, and United States District Court - Eastern District of North Carolina. Peebles is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, and the North Carolina Bar Association.
Peebles currently is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Hampden-Sydney College. He previously served as Senior Warden of the Vestry for St. Andrew’s By-The-Sea Episcopal Church; Chair, Board of Directors, Outer Banks Family YMCA; and Past-President of the Dare County Jaycees, where he was recognized with the Charles Hawkins Award as one of the top ten chapter Presidents in North Carolina. He has also served as a Director, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce; Member, Outer Banks Hospital Development Council; and Member, Law Council, The Washington and Lee School of Law.
Peebles is a past director for the Bank of Hampton Roads, Inc. and Lawrenceville Brick, Inc.
James R. Gilreath, Jr.
Jim currently manages Rose Harrison & Gilreath’s real estate team where he routinely helps realtors, buyers, sellers and their lenders bring their Outer Banks real estate transactions to a successful conclusion. In addition, Jim and the firm have extensive experience assisting the interval ownership industry with their real estate needs on the Outer Banks.
Jim also manages the firm's estate administration (probate) and estate planning division. He has gained substantial experience as a court appointed administrator in navigating complex contested estates, and guardianships. Jim and his knowledgeable team work daily with our area Clerk of Court and its probate clerks to ensure your loved one’s North Carolina estate is handled timely, accurately, and with minimal stress to you and your family.
Jim began his legal career as a prosecutor in the First Circuit Solicitor’s office in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he prosecuted a broad range of crimes including serious felonies. In 2000, sensing a call to cross the border and return to the Outer Banks, Jim contacted his fellow Washington and Lee alum, Peebles Harrison, who brought him on as the firm’s first associate. Jim cut his teeth in North Carolina working on a variety of matters from criminal to family law in the firm’s general practice, trying cases both jury and nonjury in both District and Superior Courts of the First District.
A third generation lawyer, born and raised in South Carolina, Jim graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1994 with a Geology/Environmental Science degree. In 1997, Jim received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School Of Law. While in law school, he served on the South Carolina Environmental Law Journal as Articles Editor. Before and during law school, Jim spent several summers working on the Outer Banks. Jim successfully navigated both the North Carolina and South Carolina Bar exams (and I-95) in the same week. Jim is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the South Carolina Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association and the Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina (RELANC). He is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the Eastern and Western North Carolina Districts of the United States District Court and all state courts in North and South Carolina. Jim served as an Out of State Delegate to the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates. Jim remains a certified Arbitrator in North Carolina's First Judicial District.
Jim resides in Manteo with his wife, Ashley, and two sons. Jim is committed to his community and church, and is a current board member of the Community Care Clinic of Dare. Jim also serves as volunteer counsel to Outer Banks Sporting Events and routinely assists other non-profits with their legal needs. Jim also served as President of the Dare County Jaycees, Chairman of the Board of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the Manteo Rotary Club (past Rockfish Rodeo Chair). Jim and Ashley are both elders and youth group leaders at Roanoke Island Presbyterian Church.
Outside the office, Jim enjoys hunting, fly fishing and running, having completed 7 marathons including the Boston Marathon.
David B. Powers
David B. Powers was born and raised in Bon Air, Virginia. David attended college in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia. While attending UVA, David spent his summer breaks working on the Outer Banks. David graduated from UVA in 2002, with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Spanish.
David worked and traveled extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand before permanently settling in Dare County. In 2003, David was presented an opportunity to help grow and establish a small local restaurant. As a managing member of the Kill Devil Grill, he learned the intricacies of operating a small business and the importance of building personal relationships, while providing a quality product, and even better service.
In 2010, David returned to higher education and enrolled as a law student at Regent University in Virginia Beach. He was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and represented Regent as a competitor in the regional ABA Negotiations Competition. David was also a member of the Business Transactions Law Society, and he worked as a summer associate for Rose Harrison and Gilreath, P.C., in 2012.
After graduating from law school, and passing the North Carolina bar exam in 2013, David joined the firm as a full-time associate. David is a member of the First Judicial District Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association. David is admitted to practice in North Carolina, the United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the community, David coaches youth sports with Dare County Parks and Recreation, OBX Storm Academy, and Pride Basketball OBX. David is also a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. In his free time, David likes to cook, travel, play basketball, and spend time with his family.