Trial lawyers, who for years have been politically aligned with Democrats, found themselves in a hole when Republicans took control of the legislature this year.
But the political turnover has apparently led to more opportunities for Republican trial attorneys.
Danny Glover, an Elizabeth City lawyer, is the new Legislative Vice President for the N.C. Advocates for Justice. The first words in the press release about his selection are "Republican attorney."
Glover succeeds non-Republican Raleigh lawyer David Kirby in the post.
Part of Glover's job is making sure legislators get information about topics of interest to the organization.
The group had a setback this year when the legislature passed a law limiting jury awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.
“Our goal is to protect the rights of all North Carolinians," Glover said in a statement.
"Whether you’re Republican, Democrat or independent, justice should apply equally to everyone. Unfortunately, in some cases, the General Assembly has turned its back on our constitution and destroyed many of the rights of badly injured people."