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MCB Volunteer Spotlight

July 2012 - Marc S. Gentile

Marc S. Gentile


Marc S. Gentile just completed his three-year term as chair of the MCB Grievance Committee after serving four years as a Grievance Committee member. Marc has dedicated a substantial amount of time over the past seven years to the MCB through his service on the Grievance Committee.  Marc shares a little about himself and his time on the Grievance Committee in the answers below.



MCB:  Current Employer / number of years with current employer?

MG:    Mecklenburg County Youth and Family Services, 1.5 years


MCB:  Area of Practice / Expertise?

MG:    Juvenile law/Litigation


MCB:  Law School / Law School Graduation Year?

MG:    New England School of Law, 1996


MCB:  On which MCB or MBF Committees have you served? 

MG:    Grievance Committee, 2005-Present; Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 1998-1999


MCB:  Share something with our members that they may not know about the Grievance Committee and the work that goes into it?

MG:    I would say two things about this Committee that the Bar should know.  First, I am consistently amazed at the dedication and hard work that members of this Committee have put into investigations and reports over my years on the Committee.  (For this, I am extremely grateful.)  Second, this Committee takes its responsibility very seriously when it comes to allegations being made about a fellow member of the Bar regardless of whether the allegations have merit.


MCB:  What is the best advice youve received during your legal career? 

MG:    To always be unscrupulously honest.


MCB:  What advice would you give others? 

MG:    Do not be afraid to admit that you made a mistake.


MCB:  What is the most challenging part of your career? 

MG:    I have been disappointed, to be honest, with how many different jobs that I have had over the course of my career, but the different experiences have led to my current job which has been a terrific fit and experience for me.  So, the most challenging part of my career has been trying to find where I and my skill set, such as it is, fit best.


MCB:  What is your favorite part of your current job? 

MG:    Knowing that every day I have the potential to make a positive difference in a childs life.


MCB:  Any other pertinent things you would like to share with the Mecklenburg County Bar and legal community? 

MG:    First, that while the Bar has doubled in size in the nearly 16 years that Ive been practicing, it has remained, for the most part, very collegial.  Second, I am eternally grateful to all of the attorneys with whom I have interacted over the years, even those with whom my experience was not particularly positive, because I have learned something from each experience.  Each learning experience has helped me grow and I hope that I am able to pay some of those positive lessons forward to others during the course of my career.



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