Your Defense Team

Meet your NC Defense Team that fights for you and cares about you.

Kristen Dewar

Kristen Dewar

Associate Attorney

Kristen graduated from Charlotte School of Law, cum laude, with a Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Art of Advocacy Skills in 2015, and has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 2015.

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Kristen was told by teachers at a young age that she had a “strong sense of justice.”

She graduated from the University of Toronto (B.A., Political Science, 2008), and continued her previous career in retail management and human resources until Kristen also decided to make good on what she had always been told, and went to Charlotte School of Law, where she was on Dean’s List, and was a member of Order of the Crown.

Allie Dunlap

Allie Dunlap

Associate Attorney

Allie was born and raised in Kernersville, North Carolina and is passionate about serving her local community.

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Allie attended Campbell University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in December of 2016. Allie was a member of Campbell’s Division I Soccer Team and served as a First Year Student Athlete Mentor.

Allie received her Juris Doctorate from Elon University School of Law in December 2019. While attending law school, Allie completed her Residency Program at the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office and spent her summers working at a general law practice in Kernersville.

Allie has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s course on DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, a 24-hour course taught to officers trained in DWI investigations.

Allie met her husband Landon while attending East Forsyth High School and they were married in 2020. They enjoy spending their free time with their family and two cats, Bella & Blair.

Michael Franchi

Michael Franchi

Associate Attorney

Michael received his J.D. from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.

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Prior to starting his own firm, Michael practiced business and estate planning, where he was part of a team that provided legal solutions for businesses and families. Michael has also completed internships at the Raleigh City Attorneys’ Office, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Department of Transportation.

Education
J.D., Campbell University School of Law
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bar Admissions
North Carolina

Professional Associations
North Carolina Bar Association
Wake County Bar Association

Gint Krulikas

Gint Krulikas

Equity Partner

Gint Krulikas graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC.

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At law school, he was a Presidential Honor’s Scholar, a recipient of a full merit scholarship, Associate Editor of the Property Law Journal, and a member of the Order of the Crown. Gint also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with a degree in Business Management. Gint has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s course on DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, the same 24 hour course that police officers throughout the nation undergo to properly investigate DWI’s.

James "Jake" Minick

James "Jake" Minick

Equity Partner

James Minick is the ‘Asheville DWI Guy’. Concentrating his practice in DWI / DUI Defense,  he has handled hundreds of DWI cases throughout Western North Carolina.

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The National Trial Lawyers association has named Jake one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers from 2014-2017. He is a General Member of the National College for DUI Defense, and has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s course on DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, a 24 hour course taught to officers trained in DWI investigations. Jake and his beautiful wife, Laura, have 6 children.

Blake Marcus

Blake Marcus

Managing Partner

Blake Marcus graduated with honors from Michigan State University College of Law.

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During law school, Blake completed an internship with the honorable Michelle M. Rick in the 29th Circuit Court of Michigan.  He has completed the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.

Navi Sandhu III

Navi Sandhu III

Managing Partner

Navi Sandhu III was born and raised in North Carolina and completed law school at the North Carolina Central School of Law.

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He has completed the UNC School of Government’s Misdemeanor Defender Training, Felony Defender Training, and Trial School. He has also completed the NHTSA’s Standardized Field Sobriety Test Certification (SFST), Advanced Road Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), DRE (Drug Recognition Expert). Navi graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Management and Organizational Development from Mount Olive College in North Carolina.
Lance Williams

Lance Williams

Equity Partner

Lance Williams had 12 years of experience as a police officer before entering law school. His experience in charging crimes helps him to exploit mistakes made by law enforcement.

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Lance spent 12 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Harvey, LA. During his tenure there he worked in the Street Crimes Division as well as being a Team Leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. He is a graduate of the Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC. During law school, Lance interned at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. He is certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (24 hour training) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (16 hour training) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Our Staff

Your Team

The team at Minick Law truly believes that it takes a team to give you the defense you deserve. Meet our staff.

Our Mission

The Minick Law team aims to provide our clients with outstanding legal representation. Our attorneys are constantly improving their knowledge of the law, in an effort to arm our clients with the defense they deserve.