As a child to parents who immigrated to the US from Lebanon to escape civil war, and after attending 6 different schools in Charlotte before graduating from Harding University HS, Belal's life experiences led him to always seek connection with other people and taught him the immense truth in the phrase "we are all in this together." These lessons stayed with him after high school when he attended Davidson College, and then earned his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, consistently volunteering in pro bono clinics and serving on the program's Executive Board.
Thanks to his childhood and educational journey, Belal will bring compassion, connectedness, and accessibility to people of all backgrounds and experiences.
Throughout his life and professional career, Belal has volunteered to serve his community. In private practice, he was a volunteer columnist for a local publication and wrote articles explaining different legal issues and answering community questions. As a JAG attorney in the Army Reserves, he helps local servicemembers with child custody cases, wills and estates, and landlord tenant disputes. He has also served abroad, assisting twice with Military Justice cases in South Korea. As a committed member of the legal community, he is a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors and Finance Committee.
Belal is committed to serving everyone as a Judge by promptly issuing orders, working with everyone towards fair and expedient resolutions of cases, and always remaining accessible and approachable.
As an attorney, instructor for UNC, and military officer, Belal has the experience to best serve as a Judge. In private practice he represented individuals in numerous child custody, divorce, and landlord/tenant dispute cases. He has been a volunteer instructor for the UNC School of Government, teaching new and experienced attorneys in statewide conferences. As a JAG attorney, he has assisted in criminal prosecutions, administrative proceedings, and financial liability investigations. At the Public Defender's office, he works as a defense attorney for people accused of serious criminal charges.
Belal's experience teaching attorneys, and practicing on both sides of the courtroom, gives him the outlook, knowledge, and understanding to be a fair, impartial, and consistent Judge.