Asheville, NC | October 19th and 20th, 2023

Designed For The Growth Minded Lawyer

Warning: This is NOT your traditional CLE. If you are happy with the way your law firm is operating currently then don’t waste your time, money and energy attending this Summit.

However, if you want to improve the delivery of your services, your company culture, and your firm’s bottom line, this conference is for you. We are bringing speakers from both within the legal industry and outside of it to discuss legal marketing, personal branding, leadership, culture, hiring, and the client experience. If you want to network with some of the best and brightest law firm owners who share your growth mindset, then don’t miss out on the Freedom Fighters Summit!

Who is this conference designed for?

Criminal defense lawyers interested in providing a better client experience and promoting a healthier culture at their offices. Currently, there are no conferences in North Carolina designed to help criminal law firm owners build the law practices of their dreams. This Summit is designed to fill that void by assisting criminal lawyers, no matter their age or number of years in practice, in elevating their law practices to new heights. 

Can I bring my team?

Yes! You can purchase as many tickets for your firm as you would like. Minick Law has taken our entire team (attorneys and staff) to multiple legal conferences in the past and these shared experiences and learning have been monumental in our growth and big part of our reason for hosting this Summit. Our crew will be “all hands on deck” when the Freedom Fighters Summit rolls around to learn from the incredible lineup of speakers presenting. 

Will you be offering a virtual option?

This Summit will be in person only. 

Will I receive CLE hours for attending?

The NC Bar states that programs on marketing are ineligible for CLE credit. As a result, no CLE credit will be received by attending this event. 

Where is the detailed agenda of speakers and topics?

If you are looking for the detailed itinerary, it’s not coming. We want you fully engaged in the moment during the conference and not flipping to see what’s coming up next. We have planned every minute of this two day Summit to maximize the value for attendees so just clear your calendar (which should be relatively easy) and show up hungry for new ideas.

Will meals be provided?

We have breakfast and lunch covered for Oct. 19 and 20. We will also have a happy hour immediately following the program on Thursday. You are on your own for dinner Thursday and Friday, so consider building a relationship with another Summit attendee by sharing a meal together. There are a number of great restaurants within walking distance of our venue including: Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Hickory Tavern, 131 Main, Luella’s BBQ South, Nine Mile South, P.F. Changs, and Leo’s Italian Social.

How should I dress?

Be you! If you only feel comfortable around other lawyers in a 3-piece suit then dress to the nines. If you are a t-shirt and jeans person, that’s fine as well. It’s judge’s conference week in NC so if you were planning a break from a suit then come comfy! 


October 19 & 20, 2023 NC District Court Judge’s Conference Week


Summit Speakers

Lt. Gen. John Wissler (Ret.)

Keynote: The Importance of Character in Building Your Personal Brand

John E. Wissler is a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general who served as commander of United States Marine Corps Forces Command. He previously served as commanding general, III MEF. Since his commissioning in 1978, he has served in a variety of command and staff billets, including his participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, John has served as a consultant in the leadership development, team building, strategic planning, and logistics fields, working with Industry, the military, professional sports teams, and several colleges.

Chas Post


Trial Attorney

Chas Post is a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar and is the only lawyer in Lee County, NC who has earned that distinction. 

Rated one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for Criminal Defense by BestLawyers (, Chas’s practice involves the representation of individuals in serious felony matters such as murder, drug trafficking, sex offenses, vehicular homicides, firearms crimes, and violent assaults.

Anthony Palacios



Anthony Palacios is an award-winning, nationally renowned Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) consultant for Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC.

Anthony is a former SFST State Coordinator for the State of Georgia and a former SFST/DRE Staff Instructor for the Georgia Police Academy at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Anthony is a former International Association Chiefs of Police certified DRE Practitioner, DRE Instructor, and DRE Instructor-Trainer, as well as a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration SFST Practitioner, SFST Instructor, and SFST Instructor-Trainer.

Ali Ghaffari


Retired Navy Fighter Pilot and Business Coach

 Ali is a former Navy F/A-18 pilot with twenty years of leadership experience helping individuals and organizations become the best version of themselves in combat, the boardroom and the classroom, where they could ultimately achieve their goals. He not only taught leadership and ethics to midshipmen at the Naval Academy but also created leadership programming and experiences for Academy faculty, staff, and coaches to help them and their departments achieve the next level of engagement and ultimately, success.

Ali is a certified Executive Coach, having graduated from the University of Buffalo’s School of Management program in coaching.

Allison Williams

Allison Williams is the owner of not one, but two successful companies. She is Founder of Williams Law Group, a full service family law firm where she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, is Certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Matrimonial Law Attorney, and is certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy in Family Law. After taking Williams Law Group from start-up to a multi-million dollar business in 3.5 years, she created a second business, Law Firm Mentor, where she and her team provide business coaching services for solo and small law firm attorneys, helping them grow their revenues, crush chaos in business, and make more money.

Jeremy Minick

Marketing Director at SmartRoof

Jeremy started a web-based marketing company, Enable Design, when he was 20 years old and created massive growth in his organization over the next 5 years.

In 2020, Jeremy joined SmartRoof Inc, a company that currently has over 250 team members, to become its marketing director. Jeremy has been involved in many of the marketing breakthroughs at Minick Law and has seen the twists and turns that the firm has taken firsthand.

James Davis

Owner at Davis Wealth Management, LLC

James changed career paths to follow his truth passion: helping lawyers achieve financial independence.

As a long-time criminal defense lawyer, James understands the time pressures of being a practitioner in district court and the importance of having a co-pilot monitoring your financial blinds spots on a full-time basis.

Taylor Voisin

Area Development Manager at St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Taylor serves St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – ALSAC as an advisor in area development for the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina.  

She will be speaking at the Freedom Fighters Summit on how charitable giving electrifies company culture.

Packing List: Bring a Student Mindset

Learn from Business, Leadership, and Marketing Gurus


Learn how to become the go-to attorney in your market.


Build connections with business leaders in the legal industry.


Walk away with immediate action items to improve your firm.


Oct. 19 | Building Your Brand


Oct. 20 | Creating Your Culture


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