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About Letha Sgritta McDowell

Letha Sgritta McDowell is a Shareholder of Hook Law Center who works primarily with the firm’s North Carolina clients. Her practice includes the areas of elder law, special needs planning, estate and trust administration, estate planning, asset protection planning, long-term care planning, and tax law. Ms. McDowell is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University and a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine’s School of Law.

Ms. McDowell is an Elder Law Attorney certified by the National Elder Law Foundation and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. McDowell is licensed to practice law in both Virginia and North Carolina, and she actively practices in both states. In addition, Ms. McDowell is accredited to prepare and prosecute claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ms. McDowell is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, co-chair of NAELA’s Programs & Publications Committee, and serves on NAELA’s public policy and finance committees. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Specialization Committee for the North Carolina State Bar, and serves as an active mentor to a number of young attorneys through the North Carolina Chapter of NAELA. In addition to her current roles, Ms. McDowell is the former Editor-in-Chief of “Gray Matters”, the newsletter for the Elder Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Ms. McDowell has taught numerous continuing education programs on elder law and special needs planning around the nation. She has worked on revisions to legislation which affect people with disabilities in North Carolina and serves as a pro-bono advisor to people with disabilities in North Carolina. Ms. McDowell is also the current subject matter expert for InterActive Legal’ s Elder Law Planning software, serves as the national Elder Law Community Liaison for InterActive Legal which is working with an IBM Watson partner to make plain English explanations of complex legal concepts available for the public. She has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Education

University of Maine’s School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2004
Purdue University
B.A. 2001

Memberships

  • Member of the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Co-Chair of NAELA’s Programs & Publications Committee
  • Serves on NAELA’s public policy and finance committees
  • Vice-Chair of the Elder Law Specialization Committee for the North Carolina State Bar,

Admitted

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar

Certifications

  • Elder Law Attorney certified by the National Elder Law Foundation
  • Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Accredited to prepare and prosecute claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Honors and Awards

Rated AV preeminent 5.0/5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell

She has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2014 – 2016, 2018 – 2019.