Robert (Bob) V. Lucas
President and Managing Attorney
As president and managing attorney of Lucas, Denning and Ellerbe, P.A. (LDE), Bob Lucas manages the day-to-day operations of the firm as well as leading our legal team for personal injury and workers' compensation cases.
Bob has led numerous personal injury and workers' compensation cases in his 30-year career, many of which have been high profile. He is a leader in the legal profession who has served as president of the Johnston County Bar Association and is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In addition, he served as mayor of the town of Selma from 1989 to 1991.
Bob founded LDE in 1979 after completing his J.D. of Law from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from East Carolina University. He has served on the East Carolina University Board of Trustees since 2006.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Bob has lived in Johnston County for the past 30 years and has been active in his community and in state and local Democratic politics. Outside of the office, you'll find him spending time with his family and enjoying his favorite hobby of off-shore fishing at the beach or at his home in Costa Rica. A consummate fisherman, he has served as the chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission and has been recognized as the North Carolina Conservationist of the Year.
William Robert (Bob) Denning, III
Partner and Attorney
Hard work equals good results. That's the motto of our criminal defense and civil litigation attorney, Bob Denning. Bob, who has been practicing law for nearly 25 years, leads our criminal defense and civil litigation team.
In 2008, Bob was named one of North Carolina's Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine. The Legal Elite are lawyers who have been recognized by their peer members of the North Carolina Bar Association as the best in their field.
Bob received his law degree from the Campbell University School of Law in 1983. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
A lifelong resident of Johnston county, Bob enjoys playing golf, watching sports and traveling with his wife Michelle.
Sarah E. Ellerbe
Partner and Attorney
A desire to help others stand up for their rights drove Sarah Ellerbe to pursue a legal career.
Sarah joined LDE 13 years ago after completing her bachelor's degree in music performance from Salem College and her J.D. at the Campbell University School of Law. As one of the firm's partners and leading attorneys, she oversees workers' compensation, personal injury and social security disability cases.
In addition to her work at the firm, Sarah has worked as a professor at Johnston Community College and in the College Paralegal Program.
Sarah grew up in Lake Wales, Florida, and has been a resident of Johnston County for the past 14 years. Outside of the office you'll find her enjoying one of her many hobbies including snow skiing, exercising, spending time with her husband and daughter and playing the harp.
Sarah is an active member in her community having served as president of the Smithfield Jaycees, a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a member of the First Baptist Church of Clayton.