About us

Our history as members of your legal community

The law firm of Barnes, Grimes, Bunce & Fraley, PLLC, is a rooted and trusted legal source for people throughout the Davidson and Davie
Counties of North Carolina, area. Since 1946, our firm has been dedicated to providing individualized, honest and aggressive representation.

Our founder, the late Beamer H. Barnes, began our firm before joining the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in Austria and worked as a lawyer for military tribunal hearings. Then, upon his return to the United States, he continued working as an attorney at his own practice. He worked with his paralegal, the late Adele Tuttle, for 54 years at our firm.

In 1963, attorney Jerry Grimes joined the firm and then in 1979, attorney D. Linwood Bunce II joined the firm. Both Mr. Grimes and Mr. Bunce began their legal careers at our firm. Then in 2003, attorney Shawn Fraley joined the firm after working in the District Attorney’s Office. Attorney Wes Brittain joined the firm in 2014, after working in private practice with a focus on personal injury for five years.

As one of the oldest firms in Lexington, our lawyers have built a positive reputation within the community. We connect with our clients and always maintain relationships that promote open communication. We are experienced trial attorneys and aggressively handle our cases, striving for the best possible result for each client. At our firm, we work very hard to keep you updated at all times and achieve the best results possible for your situation. We are dedicated to the simple things like returning client phone calls and meeting with clients personally. This makes for a solid attorney-client relationship.

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“Fighting for your rights when you need it most.”

Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver 2019
Member of The American Trial Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished 2019

Meet our Team

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Jerry B. Grimes

Jerry specializes in Criminal Law, from major felonies to misdemeanors and traffic violations.

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Dearl Linwood Bunce II

Linwood specializes in personal injury, as well as family law - including divorce, custody, and estate planning.

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Wes Brittain

We specializes in personal injury, worker's compensation, wrongful death, and contracts.

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Shawn Fraley

Shawn specializes in personal injury and worker's compensation claims, as well as criminal law.

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Susan Shell

Susan resides in Lexington, North Carolina and grew up in the community of Tyro located in Davidson County. She graduated from West Davidson High School and earned an associate’degree from Davidson County Community College in Paralegal Technology. Susan has been a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal since 2007 and is a Notary Public. Susan began her legal career as a Deputy Clerk with the Davidson County Clerk of Court in the criminal division. Susan joined the law firm of Barnes, Grimes, Bunce and Fraley in July 2004. Susan has twenty years of comprehensive experience in criminal law. She has extensive knowledge of the court system and is committed to our criminal law cases. Susan is a responsive team player with general office experience. She is detail oriented and trustworthy with unprecedented time management skills.

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Sheila Kersey

Sheila was born and raised in Lexington, NC. She graduated from Central Davidson High School in 1977, then obtained an Associates in Criminal Justice from Davidson County Community College in 1979. She began working as a paralegal at Barnes, Grimes & Bunce in 1987, where her initial focus was on criminal and domestic cases with Jerry Grimes; she then transitioned into working primarily on personal injury and workers compensation cases with Linwood Bunce. Sheila now also handles estate administration along with personal injury and workers comp cases. Sheila has served on the board for Cancer Services of Davidson County and the Calvary Family Worship Center. When she is not at work, Sheila enjoys beach trips with friends and weekends with her grandson.

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Dana Richardson

Dana began working with Barnes, Grimes, Bunce & Fraley in September 1998, and primarily focuses on assisting with family law. Dana has been a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal since June 24, 2007.

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Gabriela Hernandez

Gabriela graduated from Reynolds High School in 2003. She began working at Barnes, Grimes, Bunce & Fraley in 2015, focusing primarily on personal injury and workers comp cases. However, she also serves as the firm’s Spanish interpreter for all attorneys, regardless of case genre. When Gabriela is not at work, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Madison Glosson

Madison Glosson was born and raised in Lexington, NC. She graduated from Central Davidson High School in 2011, then attended Davidson County Community College and received an Associate in Applied Science and Associate of Arts. She began working at Barnes, Grimes, Bunce, & Fraley in 2017. She focuses primarily on Criminal and Family Law. When she is not at work, Madison enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with family and friends.