District Court and Superior Court Judges

This is a list of the District Court and Superior Court Judges who serve Wake County Courts.  The District Court judges only serve Wake County while the Superior Court judges rotate through Wake County and some surrounding counties.

District Judges for Wake County 4/28/14

Robert Blackwell Rader (Chief)

James R. Fullwood

Jennifer M. Green 

Monica M. Bousman 

Jane Powell Gray 

Jennifer Jane Knox (currently running for Wake County Clerk of Court)

Debra Ann Smith Sasser 

Lori G. Christian 

Chrstine M. Walczyk

Eric Craig Chasse 

Ned Wilson Mangum (currently the Interim Wake County District Attorney) His position will be filled by the Governor soon.

Jacqueline L. Brewer 

Anna Elena Worley 

Margaret Eagles 

Keith O. Gregory 

Vinston M. Rozier, Jr. 

Michael J. Denning 

Kris D. Bailey 

Erin M. Graber 

Louis B. Meyer (In a race for re-election against local attorney Ronnie Ainsley)

Dan Nagle 


Superior Judges who serve in wake county & other nearby counties

Robert H. Hobgood 

Henry W. Hight, Jr.

W. Osmond Smith III

Donald W. Stephens 

Abraham P. Jones 

Howard E. Manning, Jr. 

Michael R. Morgan 

Paul C. Gessner

Paul C. Ridgeway 

G. Bryan Collins, Jr. 

Orlando F. Hudson, Jr. 

Elaine Bushfan 

Michael O'Foghludha

James E. Hardin, Jr. 

Robert F. Johnson 

Wayne Abernathy 

Carl R. Fox 

R. Allen Baddour


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.