The most exciting part of work for A.J. is meeting new clients with unique and challenging needs. Professionally, there is nothing he enjoys more than when the client takes a sigh of relief knowing they made the right decision calling Surratt Thompson & Ceberio.
A.J. Ceberio began working as an intern with Surratt & Thompson while he was a first year law student at Wake Forest University. He quickly developed a deep understanding of the unique and invaluable services the attorneys and staff at Surratt & Thompson provide. A.J.'s desire to immediately begin helping clients pushed him to join the Civil and Criminal Externship Clinic as well as the Community Law and Business Clinic. After proving to be an invaluable addition to the firm, AJ was promoted to partner in January of 2018, at that time the name being changed to Surratt Thompson & Ceberio.
As a child, A.J.'s parents always owned their own small business. Through that, he witnessed the economic impact small businesses have and their essential role in the community. In addition, he has seen the impact an excellent legal team can have. He thrives working with small businesses and helping them achieve their goals. At heart, A.J. is a builder taking tremendous pride in watching hard work culminate into great achievements. Given his background it is not surprising AJ focuses a large part of his practice on corporate law assisting clients in everything from entity selection to multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions.
As a former real estate appraiser and entrepreneur, AJ possesses unique experiences that he applies to his clients' needs daily. His understanding of real estate, finance, and his ability to apply the law in a practical and well thought out way is what makes him well suited to proudly serve as general and outside counsel to several banks, financial institutions, investment clubs, equity funds, and other corporate clients.
Given the firm's robust estate and trust practice, AJ also spends a considerable amount of time advising individuals and families with regard to their estate plans and the administration of their loved one's estates and trusts. AJ is well versed in complex estate and trust planning as well as simple wills. While he is happy to put together an expansive, exhaustive, and highly complex trust, AJ has one simple philosophy; his clients should be able to fully understand the documents they execute and they should never be more complex (and thus costly) than necessary.
When he is not helping his clients, A.J. is usually with his wife, Danielle and their son, Leo, either exploring all North Carolina has to offer or having a relaxing day at home with their dog and two cats. They are huge Florida State Seminole fans and do not miss a game during football season. A.J. is also an avid golfer and loves getting out to the course when he has an opportunity.
Areas of Practice
- Probate Estate
- Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
- J.D. - 2016
- Honors: cum laude
- Florida State University
- B.S. - 2011
- Honors: cum laude
- Major: Finance
- North Carolina
- U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice Award, 2016
- Charles L. Little Scholarship Recipient
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the following law classes: Property Civil and Criminal Externship Clinic Human Relations and Business Torts Community Law and Business Clinic
- Lawyers of Distinction
- Super Lawyers Rated
- Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Centers for Exceptional Children
- Board of Directors for Tattered Lives Farm
- Civil and Criminal Externship Clinic
- Community Law and Business Clinic