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10 NC lawyers honored as Emerging Legal Leaders

By DIANA SMITH, Staff Writer



North Carolina Lawyers Weekly recognized some of the state’s brightest young lawyers at its first annual Emerging Legal Leaders event on Tuesday at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro.

Ten attorneys were selected from of a pool of 30 finalists for their outstanding leadership in their profession, community and personal lives.

“It is obvious that you are the ones who consistently go above and beyond what is asked of you,” publisher Tonya Mathis told the 115 attendees at the event, which was sponsored by Kilpatrick Stockton.

The honorees came from firms of all sizes and a variety of practice areas. The winners were:

Jason Barron: He focuses his practice at K&L Gates in Raleigh on land use and zoning, commercial real estate and land-use litigation. Barron is a LEED-accredited professional through the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute, which indicates he has a comprehensive understanding of green building practices and principles. J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (2002).



Stephen E. Coble: A solo practitioner in Wilmington, Coble’s main practice areas include general civil and real estate litigation; zoning, planning and land use; easements; leases; judgments; foreclosures; business and construction contracts; workers’ compensation, longshore and harbor workers’ compensation and negligence cases. J.D., University of Dayton School of Law.

T. Matthew Creech: At Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, Creech handles employment litigation and counseling; ERISA and life, health and disability insurance litigation and commercial litigation. He spent three years as a clerk in the U.S. District Courts for North Carolina’s Middle District before joining the firm. J.D., Pennsylvania State University, (2004).

Jeffrey M. Davis: A member of Higgins Benjamin Eagles & Adams in Greensboro, Davis concentrates on commercial litigation, construction, corporate law and debt-collection matters. He is president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Greensboro Bar Association. J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law (2003).

Jill Dinerman: An associate with Katten Muchin Rosenman in Charlotte, Dinerman focuses her practice on commercial real estate finance and structured finance. She serves on the Mecklenburg County Bar’s board of directors and was named one of the Charlotte Business Journal‘s “40 Under 40” in 2009. J.D., George Washington University School of Law (2001).

Jennifer Fox: She leads the life sciences and biotechnology group at Coats and Bennett in Cary, where she provides counsel to small-to-midsize pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Prior to joining the firm, Fox was an attorney for Novozymes North Carolina Inc. and a patent lawyer for GlaxoSmithKline. J.D., North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Tobias Samuel Hampson: Focusing on appellate and civil litigation at Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, Hampson is president of the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections and was named one of Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite: Young Guns” for 2010. J.D., Campbell University School of Law.

Dana C. Lumsden: A partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Charlotte, Lumsden concentrates his practice on representing corporation in trials and arbitrations involving lender liability, insurance coverage, securities, contractual disputes and business torts. He is president of Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont. J.D., Columbia University Law School (1995).


Brian Pearce: An associate with Nexsen Pruet in Greensboro, Pearce focuses his practice on land use and real estate litigation as well as commercial real estate. He has lectured on landlord/tenant topics for CLE providers and is currently a member of the City of Greensboro Board of Adjustment. Pearce is also the legal counsel for the Greensboro Jaycees. J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law (2003).


Samuel G. Thompson Jr: At Yates McLamb & Weyher in Raleigh, Thompson handles medical and legal malpractice defense, general civil defense and collegiate/academic disciplinary code defense. At the firm, he has served on the recruiting and summer programs committees and is currently a member of the technology committee. He officiates area soccer matches and has refereed almost 1,000 matches since 1992. J.D., Campbell University School of Law (2004).


The remaining finalists were: Samuel E. Barker and Benton L. Toups of Hedrick Gardner; Jaime H. Davis of Gailor Wallis & Hunt; Rick W. Fleming of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin; Chad HansenHenry C. Howes Jr. and Sterling Perkinson of Kilpatrick Stockton; Matthew Nis Leerburg, David J. Neill, Jill Raspet, Stephen M. Russell Jr. and Heather C. White of Smith Moore Leatherwood; Nichelle N. Levy, Brandon M. Lofton and Daniel B. Vorhaus of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson; William L. McMahon IV of Constangy, Brooks & Smith; Mark Nebrig of Moore & Van Allen; Helen Parsonage of Elliot Pishko Morgan; Taylor Stukes of Nexsen Pruet and Adam E. Whitten of Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey and Johnson.

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