Damie A. Sesay

Attorney

Asheville Office

TEL (828) 254-4515

FAX (828) 254-4516

Before finding her way to North Carolina, Damie lived in three countries and grew up as the eldest of four children. She began her legal career in Maryland as a prosecutor where she gained invaluable litigation experience. Damie also served as in-house counsel for a large insurance company and, most recently, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Section for the State of North Carolina. She brings this diversity of experience to her practice and thrives on the challenge of tackling complex legal issues and representing her clients to the fullest. Damie’s interest in workers’ compensation and insurance coverage services provides a unique intersection for her litigation and risk management experience.

Damie’s lifelong commitment to justice led her to pursue a law degree from American University in 2011. There, she participated in the Moot Court Honor Society, the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and the General Practice Clinic. She also received the Pro Bono Honors Pledge Award and completed two Superior Court Judicial Internships. Her passion for serving others was evident in law school and quickly recognized by her profession with the “Creating an Improved Tomorrow Service Award” and “President’s Award for Outstanding Service” from the Montgomery County Bar Association.

From a young age, Damie remembers the respect and high regard her family held for attorneys and the positive impact they can have on the world. Damie has embraced legal service roles that have included teaching and mentoring, which had the added benefit of preparing her for a successful career in litigation. She also serves on the Board for the Nineteen Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization in Nigeria that her mother started with a mission to reach high school and college-aged women. The organization provides vocational training and basic resources these women may not otherwise have access to, and encourages them to seek avenues to financial stability.

Damie is the mother of a spirited toddler and the wife of a Washington Redskins fan. Together, they make it a priority to visit friends and family often. When at home, Damie and her husband keep up with their never-ending game of chess by taking pictures of the board for reference as a way to toddler-proof the game.

Support Team

Kelley Hinchliffe, Legal Assistant

Education

B.A., 2008, University of Oklahoma

J.D., 2011, American University, Washington College of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

Maryland (inactive)

United States District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • Inns of Court
  • Moot Court Honor Society, American University
  • Pro Bono Honors Pledge Award, American University
  • Montgomery County Bar Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 2016
  • Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Summit, 2015
  • Montgomery County Bar Association’s Creating an Improved Tomorrow Service Award, 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • “Elder Abuse Legal Update” January 2018 at NC Partnership to Address Adult Abuse
  • “Human Trafficking Legal Update” January 2018 at Wake AHEC Human Trafficking Conference
  • “Human Trafficking Legal Update” September 2017 at Project No REST Human Trafficking Conference
  • “Insurance Defense” April 2016 at Montgomery College
  • “Career Panel” March 2016 at American University Washington College of Law
  • “Youth Summit” 2016 at Damascus High School
  • “Speak Up, Save a Life” 2015-2016 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “Career Readiness Task Force” 2015 at Montgomery County School Board
  • “Healthy Teen Dating” 2015 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “Cyber Bullying” 2014-2015 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “Stand Your Ground Laws” 2014 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “JFB Legal Boot Camp Panel” 2014 at University of the District of Columbia

Publications

  • Damie A. Sesay & Julia Hejazi, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys’ Child Abuse Charging Manual (2d ed. 2017)
  • Damie A. Sesay, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys’ Child Sex Trafficking Charging Guide (2017)
  • Damie A. Sesay, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys’ Child Sex Trafficking Primer for Teachers (2017)
PROFILE

Before finding her way to North Carolina, Damie lived in three countries and grew up as the eldest of four children. She began her legal career in Maryland as a prosecutor where she gained invaluable litigation experience. Damie also served as in-house counsel for a large insurance company and, most recently, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Section for the State of North Carolina. She brings this diversity of experience to her practice and thrives on the challenge of tackling complex legal issues and representing her clients to the fullest. Damie’s interest in workers’ compensation and insurance coverage services provides a unique intersection for her litigation and risk management experience.

Damie’s lifelong commitment to justice led her to pursue a law degree from American University in 2011. There, she participated in the Moot Court Honor Society, the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and the General Practice Clinic. She also received the Pro Bono Honors Pledge Award and completed two Superior Court Judicial Internships. Her passion for serving others was evident in law school and quickly recognized by her profession with the “Creating an Improved Tomorrow Service Award” and “President’s Award for Outstanding Service” from the Montgomery County Bar Association.

From a young age, Damie remembers the respect and high regard her family held for attorneys and the positive impact they can have on the world. Damie has embraced legal service roles that have included teaching and mentoring, which had the added benefit of preparing her for a successful career in litigation. She also serves on the Board for the Nineteen Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization in Nigeria that her mother started with a mission to reach high school and college-aged women. The organization provides vocational training and basic resources these women may not otherwise have access to, and encourages them to seek avenues to financial stability.

Damie is the mother of a spirited toddler and the wife of a Washington Redskins fan. Together, they make it a priority to visit friends and family often. When at home, Damie and her husband keep up with their never-ending game of chess by taking pictures of the board for reference as a way to toddler-proof the game.

Support Team

Kelley Hinchliffe, Legal Assistant

Education

B.A., 2008, University of Oklahoma

J.D., 2011, American University, Washington College of Law

Bar Admissions

North Carolina State Bar

Maryland (inactive)

United States District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina

AREAS OF PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • Inns of Court
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
  • Moot Court Honor Society, American University
  • Pro Bono Honors Pledge Award, American University
  • Montgomery County Bar Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 2016
  • Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Summit, 2015
  • Montgomery County Bar Association’s Creating an Improved Tomorrow Service Award, 2015
SPEAKING & PUBLICATIONS

Speaking Engagements

  • “Elder Abuse Legal Update” January 2018 at NC Partnership to Address Adult Abuse
  • “Human Trafficking Legal Update” January 2018 at Wake AHEC Human Trafficking Conference
  • “Human Trafficking Legal Update” September 2017 at Project No REST Human Trafficking Conference
  • “Insurance Defense” April 2016 at Montgomery College
  • “Career Panel” March 2016 at American University Washington College of Law
  • “Youth Summit” 2016 at Damascus High School
  • “Speak Up, Save a Life” 2015-2016 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “Career Readiness Task Force” 2015 at Montgomery County School Board
  • “Healthy Teen Dating” 2015 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “Cyber Bullying” 2014-2015 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “Stand Your Ground Laws” 2014 at Montgomery County Public Schools
  • “JFB Legal Boot Camp Panel” 2014 at University of the District of Columbia

Publications

  • Damie A. Sesay & Julia Hejazi, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys’ Child Abuse Charging Manual (2d ed. 2017)
  • Damie A. Sesay, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys’ Child Sex Trafficking Charging Guide (2017)
  • Damie A. Sesay, North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys’ Child Sex Trafficking Primer for Teachers (2017)