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Rhyan Breen’s law practice might be new, but he is an old face around Wilson.
Breen had been working as an associate at Farris & Farris since 2010, but when the family-owned law practice announced in September plans to combine forces with Thomas Law Attorneys, he had other plans.
“I had been talking about working with the state of North Carolina for a couple of months and floating the idea of going to work for the Department of Justice, but none of those things materialized,” Breen said. “When the idea of the merger came about, everyone thought I would be working in Raleigh.”
His last day with Farris & Farris was Sept. 30, and he gave himself until Halloween to land a state job or jump in with both feet.
“I can’t just sit and wait. There is nothing about me that is passive,” he said. “For the last nine years, I got in the office at 6 a.m. and worked until 5 p.m. It is the most bizarre and unnecessary addiction anyone could have to work 11- hour days, five days a week, but I was ready to come back and get to work.”
On Nov. 1, he signed a lease for two offices on the second floor of the Woodard Building at 116 Goldsboro St. The same day, he debuted his “Law and Order”-inspired logo on his personal Facebook page, which immediately garnered hundreds of reactions, comments and shares.
“It is not part of the ‘Law and Order’ brand, and it doesn’t contain any of the other information pertaining to the show,” he said with a grin. “I wanted something that would be recognizable to people and communicate the message that my primary focus is criminal law.”
Breen said that at Farris & Farris, he handled about 95% of the firm’s traffic tickets while also representing felony clients, helping small business formation and doing legal research. He plans to continue those areas while leaving time for his wife and two young children.
“When I wasn’t working, we got a taste of me being able to pick up the kids and do after-school stuff with them,” he said. “For the last nine years, I didn’t have the flexibility to carve out time to be with family, but with my own practice, I can.”
The Hunt High School graduate said he doesn’t have any immediate plans to hire a secretary, so he’ll be seeing clients by appointment only.
“I think what is going to set my firm apart from other offices is the accessibility,” he said. “The number I give out is my cellphone number, and the email I give out is mine. I’ll be the only one working, but my clients will be able to have access to me.”
Visit www.facebook.com/BreenLawNC/ or call 252-292-5771 to learn more. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Breen also serves on the Wilson County Board of Education.
“Wilson has always been kind to me. In turn, I have always worked hard to serve it and its people,” he said. “I look forward to being able to continue my advocacy through my practice.”