J. Erik Groves
Attorney at Law
After more than 25 years practicing law, Mr. Groves considers himself a small town lawyer, counseling his clients in many areas of the law ranging from estate planning, probate and administration of decedents’ estates, corporate and business law, personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accident cases, collection cases, and other matters that might arise in the personal lives of his clients. He is a 1989 graduate of Wake Forest Law School and received his undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985.
Mr. Groves likes to spend time with his wonderful wife, Elizabeth, travelling or cultivating their small vineyard of native North Carolina muscadine vines and fruit trees. He also enjoys hunting ducks, fishing for bluefish along the Core Sound area of North Carolina, anything to do with carpentry, and generally reading up on North Carolina early colonial history, with its many stories of pirates, Indian wars and exploration of a new and exciting world. His most fascinating probate case, In Re the Estate of Edward Salter (09-E-127 Beaufort County, NC), concluded with the next of kin of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s little known ship’s cooper receiving the bones of their long lost ancestor for ultimate reburial in the historic cemetery at St. Thomas Church in Bath, NC. More information can be found by following the links provided:
- Old bones, perhaps a pirate’s, find eternal rest in coastal N.C. – The Charlotte Observer
- The Life, Death and Lasting Legacy of Edward Salter
- Salter laid to rest — temporarily
Together with his wife, Elizabeth, Mr. Groves also oversees The Message For Mayans, a 501(c)(3) corporation which evangelizes and brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the native indigenous Mayan people living in the remote Yucatan area of Mexico. For more on that, please follow this link. Mr. Groves speaks German, and is somewhat conversant in both Spanish and elementary Yucatecan Mayan.
G. ANTHONY WAYNE, II – Associate
Mr. Wayne received his undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. In 2013, Mr. Wayne graduated from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. Mr. Wayne interned with the NC Department of Justice during law school, working closely with the DOT in matters pertaining to condemnation and wrongful taking of real property. He also had the privilege to work with the office of the Hon. Ann Marie Calabria at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Mr. Wayne previously practiced criminal defense law with a prominent law firm in Mecklenburg County, and was trained extensively in DWI laws and North Carolina Standardized Field Sobriety Testing issues. At J. Erik Groves PC, Mr. Wayne continues to represent persons charged with DWI, as well as conducting a general civil practice that includes estate planning, corporate and business transactional law, and civil litigation. In everything he does, Mr. Wayne strives to make a positive impact on the lives of his neighbors in Waxhaw, where he and his wife and daughter reside.
Mr. Wayne enjoys running around downtown Waxhaw, making trips to the library, and trying to keep up with his young daughter. Outside of work hours, you will find him with his best friend and wife, Laura. They enjoy serving together in their local church, whether through teaching or singing in the choir.
ZACHARY R. BLUM – Of Counsel
Admitted to Practice in South Carolina Only
Zachary’s passion for helping others and serving the community are what led him to pursue a career in law and to practice in a small town setting like Waxhaw. Whether he is helping clients rebuild after an accident, start a new business, or counseling them on how to use a will or trust to plan for the future, he knows that these are often some of the most important decisions his clients will face. Understanding the significance of these matters, he feels privileged when he can help those going through a challenging time come out stronger on the other side.
His legal career began while in law school at the University of South Carolina, where he represented and advised non-profit organizations as part of the University’s clinical program. Upon graduation, he went on to clerk for the Hon. John C. Hayes, III, in the 16th Circuit Court of South Carolina, and then eventually into private practice. He is currently licensed to practice law in South Carolina, and serves as “of Counsel” to the Firm. In addition to his legal experience, Zachary has also worked with, and for, numerous non-profit companies, and currently serves on the board of directors for a Charlotte-area children’s charity.
Outside of the office, you will find he and his wife Ashley doting on their infant son, and trying to keep up with their two French Bulldogs. The Carolina outdoors are his sanctuary, and whether it’s the mountains, the beach, or anywhere in between, Zachary is always planning the next great adventure to embark on with his family. An avid runner and aspiring triathlete, on the weekends you may pass him on the Carolina Thread Trail or see him at Cane Creek park training for his latest pursuit.
Noah A. Caldwell – Paralegal
Noah currently attends the University of Alabama on a UA Presidential Scholarship, where he studies History and Economics. He is a member of the Mock Trial team at Alabama and plans to attend law school after graduating. Noah aspires to be an attorney and eventually a judge. When he has free time, Noah enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction, playing the guitar, and watching movies.