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Gilbert W. File

Phone: 919.863.4305
Gil grew up in Raleigh and Asheville, North Carolina, and attended high school in Greenville, South Carolina. He applied to only one college — The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina — and graduated in 1993. Later he attended Campbell University law school, graduating in 1999. Gil worked in the Office of the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court before and after law school, and served as a Deputy Clerk, the first Legal Officer and Assistant Clerk, and was later appointed as the Clerk of Superior Court and Probate Judge for Wake County. In his former capacity as the Clerk of Superior Court and Assistant Clerk, he presided over thousands of judicial hearings including foreclosures of mortgage and community association liens; incompetency, guardianship, and estate matters; partition proceedings involving real estate; matters involving collection and enforcement of judgments; and attachment proceedings to seize property prior to judgment without advanced notice to the debtor.

Gil joined his Citadel classmate, Will Brownlee, in September 2006, and practiced law with Todd Whitlow at the Brownlee Law Firm for over a decade in multifamily law, community association law, general commercial law, guardianship/incompetency law and fiduciary litigation. On December 1, 2015, Gil became a partner and principal in Brownlee Whitlow Praet & File, PLLC where he oversees the multifamily law group.

Gil treasures family life with his wife and children, and he enjoys participating in his children’s activities. He is also actively involved in several charitable community endeavors. In the limited time between work and family life, Gil is working on health and fitness. He tells his wife that, if he had only known he would live this long, he would have taken better care of himself to save the effort. Also, he notes that “excessive wear and tear” is a standard regularly applied to residential rental property; but, unfortunately not so much for parents of young children.

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Triangle Apartment Association – Education Committee & Membership Committee
  • Institute for Real Estate Management – Legislative Committee
  • 10th Judicial District Wake County Bar Association
  • Support Circles Program
    The Program is a collaborative effort of the Raleigh / Wake 10-year Plan to End Homelessness in Wake County. Gil is a team member who works with assigned families around critical needs that will put them on the path toward economic / housing self-sufficiency.
  • Martha B. Capps Family Foundation, Board of Directors
  • CLE manuscript author and lecturer – Practice Before the Clerk
  • CLE manuscript author and lecturer – Guardianship
  • Chapter Editor (2003-2014) – Guardianship Practice and Procedure, North Carolina Estate Administration Manual
  • NC Institute of Political Leadership – Fellow (2000)

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Community Association Representation
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Commercial creditor law
  • Civil and Business Litigation
  • Litigation involving elder fraud, fiduciaries, incompetent adults, and legal guardians

Educational Background

  • Campbell University: Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, J.D. (1999)
  • The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, B.A., English (1993)
    Dean’s List, Training Cadre, and former member of Citadel Boxing team