About Gina Essey

Employment

2013-2014
GINA ESSEY, ATTORNEY AT LAW-Oak Island, NC

Gina struck out on her own and opened Gina Essey, Attorney at Law, in her hometown of Oak Island, where she focuses on criminal and family law and has gained a reputation as a trustworthy, knowledgeable attorney who goes to the mat for all her clients.

2007-2013
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY-Brunswick County, NC

Assistant District Attorney- Gina returned to Brunswick County, co-wrote a grant for a domestic violence prosecutor and began working as an Assistant District Attorney in the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office in 2008. During her time with the D.A.’s office, she managed both the domestic violence and impaired driving grants, served on the Alcohol Fatality Coalition for Brunswick County and as an instructor for the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys.

2004.2007
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT STATE ATTORNEY-Miami-Dade County, FL

Prosecutor-Gina prosecuted misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases, including 17 jury trials. She also served as a training attorney for the incoming prosecutors in 2005, and trained thirteen (13) new attorneys on prosecuting misdemeanors, time and caseload management as well as court rules and procedures. Gina wrote and argued appeals from County Court and Writs of Prohibition.

Education

FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW – Jacksonville, FL
Juris Doctor – 2004

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Arts-English-1998

SOUTH BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL – Southport, NC-1993

Practice Areas

  • North Carolina State Courts – Admitted to Practice in all NC Courts including:
    • Superior Court
    • District Court
    • North Carolina Business Court
    • North Carolina Industrial Commission / North Carolina Department of Labor
    • Special Proceedings/Probate
    • Family Court
    • Magistrate Court / Small Claims Court

Honors and Achievements

  • M.A.D.D.’s Prosecutor Hero of the Year for Eastern North Carolina in 2012

Professional Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association-Active Member
  • Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce-Board Member
  • Hope Harbor Home-Board Member
  • Women in Philanthropy and Leadership-Active Member
  • Brunswick County Teen Court-Mentor Judge