Attorney Profiles

Douglas P. Arthurs

Douglas P. Arthurs was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina on May 13, 1954. He grew up in Gaston County, North Carolina and graduated from Cherryville High School. He subsequently attended Gaston College where he received his Associate in Arts Degree in 1977. While attending Gaston College, he served as the student body president. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 1978.

Doug earned his Juris Doctor degree with highest honors (magna cum laude) from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1982. While attending Wake Forest University School of Law, he served on the Wake Forest Moot Court Board and he was a member of the Wake Forest Law Review. He was published twice in the Law Review. He wrote notes entitled “The Peremptive Provision as a Valid Restraint on Alienation” and “Spousal Testimony in Criminal Proceedings”.

Doug entered the private practice of law in Gaston County, North Carolina in September of 1982 and has continued to practice in Gaston County since that date. He has been a member of the Gaston County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar since 1982. He served as President of the Gaston County Bar Association from 1991 until 1992. He has also served as treasurer to the Gaston County Bar Association.

In 2010, he was chosen as one of North Carolina’s Top Lawyers by other lawyers as published in Business North Carolina Magazine. He has received an “AV” rating in the prestigious Martindale-Hubble law directory. An “AV” rating represents the highest level of professional excellence, as ranked by his peers.

Doug primarily practices in the area of civil litigation. He is a certified mediator in Superior Court civil actions and has been a certified mediator since July 27, 2006.

Doug has actively litigated thousands of civil cases in his 30 years of practice and has tried several hundred civil trials to a jury verdict. His areas of practice include, but are not limited to, civil litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, zoning, planning and land use, automobile accidents and injuries, dog bites, slip and fall, wrongful death, debt finance, collections, creditor’s rights, debtor’s rights, business litigation, will challenges or will caveats, and estate litigation.

Nancy E. Foltz

Nancy E. Foltz was born on February 2, 1954 in Des Moines County, Iowa. She was raised on a working farm and graduated from a small rural high school in Danville, Iowa in 1972. In 1976, she graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Iowa with a degree in General Science, With Distinction.

Nancy moved to Gaston County, North Carolina in 1979, and received her Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) (with high honors) from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1980. She passed the North Carolina Bar Examination that same year and has been working continuously since that time as an attorney in private practice.

Nancy’s current area of practice is mainly in the field of domestic and family law, which encompasses:

Divorce
Separation
Child Custody
Child Support
Alimony
Property Division
Domestic Violence
Adoption
Name Changes
Grandparent’s Rights
Premarital Agreements

For more details, see Areas of Practice in this website.

Nancy has 32 years of experience in the local courts, primarily practicing in Gaston County for the last 25 years. She has tried numerous cases in all areas of family law. She also serves as a mediator for other lawyers and their clients, attempting to help them settle their cases before trial. Nancy was certified as a mediator in 2005.

In addition to her work in family law, Nancy serves as a public guardian for the Gaston County Clerk of Court. She also prepares simple wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills for her clients.

Nancy was elected by her fellow lawyers to the presidency of the Gaston County Bar Association in 1995. She is a current and long-standing member of the Gaston County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Committee, and the Gaston County Bar Association Grievance Committee, which reviews complaints against local attorneys. She has received numerous awards for her volunteer legal work, including the Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney Service Award presented by the North Carolina Bar Association in 2001, an award presented to only one attorney in the State each year. Nancy received this award for her work in family law cases, primarily custody cases.

Nancy is a member of the Gaston County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar. She has received an “AV” rating in the prestigious Martindale-Hubble law directory. An “AV” rating represents the highest level of professional excellence, as ranked by her peers. Nancy has written articles and spoken at seminars about legal professionalism and ethics.

Ann Brittian Green

Ann Brittian Green was born on March 9, 1971. She grew up in Gaston County, North Carolina, graduating as Salutatorian from South Point High School in 1989. She subsequently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1993. Following her college graduation, Ann Brittian attended Wake Forest University School of Law, earning her Juris Doctor degree in 1996.

Upon passing the North Carolina bar examination, Ann Brittian returned to Gaston County, North Carolina in September, 1996 to enter private practice with Douglas P. Arthurs and Nancy E. Foltz at the firm where she had interned throughout her college and law school years. In 2003, Ann Brittian became a partner of the firm. She primarily handles real estate related matters, including but not limited to, residential and commercial real estate transactions and closings, buying and selling real property, as well as foreclosure and collection matters. In addition, Ann Brittian may assist clients with the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, living wills and the probate of estates.

Ann Brittian has been a member of the Gaston County Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar since 1996. She served as Secretary for the Gaston County Bar Association in 2000 and 2001. Ann Brittian is active within the Gaston County Bar Association and within the greater Gaston County community serving in a variety of volunteer positions.

Travis G. Page

Travis G. Page was born on February 21, 1984 in Shelby, NC. He was raised in Cherryville, NC and graduated from Cherryville High School in 2002. From 2002 until 2006, Travis attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC on scholarship as a fourth-generation student. While at Appalachian State, he served as a member of the Student Government Association and participated in the Honors Program. In 2006, Travis graduated with honors from Appalachian State with a degree in Political Science and minors in both Criminal Justice and Business Administration.

In the fall of 2006, Travis enrolled in the University of North Carolina School of Law, located in Chapel Hill, NC. While at UNC, Travis argued on behalf of the School’s Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team at the 2009 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. He also served as class representative and helped establish the School’s Betty Degraffenreid Building Fund in memory of the law school café’s beloved manager. In 2009, Travis received his Juris Doctor degree from UNC and passed the North Carolina Bar Examination.

Upon admission to the North Carolina Bar, Travis served as Assistant District Attorney for Wake County, before returning to Gaston County in late 2010 to serve in the same capacity. As a prosecutor, he handled thousands of criminal cases, ranging from traffic matters and DWIs to serious felonies. In 2012, Travis brought his criminal practice experience to Arthurs & Foltz LLP, where his areas of practice include general civil litigation, real estate, and criminal matters. He is a member of the Gaston County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Travis is also an active member of his community, serving on the Board of Directors for Gaston County Habitat for Humanity as Chair of the Family Services Committee.

Joy M. Chappell

Joy M. Chappell was born on October 30, 1973 in Gaston County, North Carolina. She grew up in Lincolnton, North Carolina and graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1992. She went on to attend Gaston College and graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, with a paralegal degree in 1997. She worked as a paralegal for 13 years before becoming an attorney. While employed full-time as a paralegal, Joy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina in 2001, earned her Masters in Business Administration from Regis University, in Denver, Colorado in 2003, and then went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the Charlotte School of Law in 2009. She passed the North Carolina Bar Examination in the summer of 2009.

While in law school, Joy was the Treasurer of the American Constitution Society and was a member of various other student organizations such as Charlotte Law Cares, which emphasizes providing pro bono legal services for indigent citizens in the local community. Joy also served as a law clerk for former United States Magistrate Carl Horn of the United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, as well as interned for the Gaston County Public Defenders’ Office.

Upon admission to the North Carolina Bar, Joy entered private practice focusing on employment litigation in Charlotte, North Carolina before returning to Gaston County in early 2012 to concentrate her practice in family law. In April of 2013, Joy joined Arthurs & Foltz, LLP, continuing to practice in family law and domestic relations. Joy is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Gaston County Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Joy is currently serving as an advisor on the Gaston College Paralegal Department Advisory Committee and provides pro bono attorney services to Gaston County Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.