Our History

A native of Zebulon and member of the charter class of Campbell University School of Law, Andy Gay has been practicing law in Eastern Wake County since 1980. He and Donna Stroud founded Gay & Stroud in 1995 in a restored historic home called Patience Hall in downtown Zebulon. Darren Jackson, a native of Knightdale and a 1988 graduate of East Wake High School, joined the firm in 1996 after graduating from Duke University School of Law. In 1999, the firm changed its name to Gay, Stroud & Jackson. In 2004, Pat McNally joined the firm after graduating from Campbell University School of Law, and later that year, Donna Stroud was elected to the Wake County District Court bench. Several years later, Ms. Stroud was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where she currently presides today. In 2010, the firm changed its name to Gay, Jackson & McNally, which is the name the firm operates under today.

Although the firm has deep ties to Eastern Wake County, we don’t just rely on the town and residents of Zebulon for our clients. While the firm primarily practices in Wake, Johnston, Nash, Franklin and Wilson counties, all three lawyers have practiced in counties from the coast to the mountains, in both state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate level.