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Lawyers In The News: Feb. 14, 2011

Attorney William W. Pollock has become a member of Ragsdale Liggett as a partner in the litigation department. Pollock previously practiced with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in Raleigh and started his career with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart in Washington, D.C. His practice of 23 years is concentrated in construction law, products liability, environmental and toxic torts, trucking and transportation and other complex litigation.

Pollock is the current membership chair and past-president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and was accepted by invitation of the National Association of Home Builders to represent North Carolina on the NAHB’s Construction Law Attorney Forum.

He graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1987.


Everett J. Bowman, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, has received the Antitrust Section’s Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.

Bowman, who focuses his practice in antitrust and complex commercial litigation, was presented with the award at the annual meeting of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation section of the NCBA in Cary on Jan. 28.

In nomination letters to the NCBA, Bowman was lauded for his leadership in helping establish the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Committee nearly 20 years ago and for his years of service, beginning as the section’s chairman in its early days.


Poyner Spruill creditor’s rights partner David M. Warren hosted a judicial delegation from Korea earlier this month in the firm’s Raleigh office. Warren was selected by the U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator for the Eastern District of North Carolina to meet with a group of judges from Korea who were visiting the United States to study the workings of our court system.

The judges met with Warren and Bankruptcy Administrator Marjorie K. Lynch at Poyner Spruill’s offices to learn more about Warren’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee practice and the administration of cases to which he is assigned. The judges also observed a bankruptcy court hearing held by the Hon. Stephani W. Humrickhouse in Raleigh.

Warren has over 20 years of experience in the debtor/creditor area. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University. 


A. James Cuticchia with Cuticchia Law Firm has been appointed to the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists.

The NCLS was established in 1974 as a joint standing committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Bar Association’s Section of Science and Technology Law. The committee has 14 members, half appointed by AAAS and half appointed by the ABA. Throughout its history, NCLS has been at the leading edge of exploring issues at the interface of science and law, according to a press release.


Smith Anderson partner James K. Dorsett III was elected president of the N.C. Supreme Court Historical Society, following its annual meeting held at the Charlotte Museum of History. Dorsett, who is a past-president of the N.C. State Bar and the American Counsel Association, practices in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability defense, and tort and insurance litigation.

The North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, Inc., the only entity devoted to preserving the legal history of the state, was chartered as a nonprofit corporation in 1992 to preserve and celebrate the history of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, as well as heighten public appreciation of the history and achievements of North Carolina’s entire judicial system. It also collects pertinent information and materials concerning worthy members of the North Carolina bar throughout the centuries.


On Feb. 17 longtime Durham patent attorney B.B. Olive will be honored by the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association as the first recipient of the TIPLA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his pioneering intellectual property practice and his years of professional and community service.

Announcing the award in a press release, Dave Krasnow, the president of TIPLA, said, “Mr. Olive, a pioneer in intellectual property law in North Carolina, established the first patent law firm serving the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina when he opened the doors of Olive & Olive in 1957. Mr. Olive graduated with honors from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and, while working for Westinghouse International Corporation, earned his law degree from St. John’s University. He is admitted to the bars of New York and North Carolina, as well as the patent bar. In addition to practicing patent law, Mr. Olive taught for many years at Duke’s School of Engineering and N.C. State’s School of Product Design. He founded the North Carolina Bar Association’s committee on intellectual property law, fought segregation in the profession, was a founder of the first Triangle-wide association of entrepreneurs, and has been active in civic affairs.”

Gov. Bev Perdue is also awarding Olive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which will be presented to him by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

The event will take place at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham.


Lexington attorney Jack E. Klass agreed to go to “jail” in the Annual MDA Lock-up and raised over $1,000 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“The MDA Lock-up is a fun way to raise funds to assist MDA with its programs and research. Participants call friends and ask for donations to ‘bail them out.’ Who knew I had so many friends?” Klass said.

He practices with the law firm of Brinkley Walser.


On Jan. 19 at the joint dinner of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association in Raleigh, Chief Justice Sarah Parker presented Hon. Lillian B. Jordan of Randleman with the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award. Judge Jordan was presented with this annual award for her selfless dedication and commitment to the principles of professionalism and public service in North Carolina, according to a press release.

Jordan graduated from Guilford College in 1961 with an A.B. in history. After serving as a public school teacher for several years, and while raising four young sons, she made the daily trek to Winston-Salem in order to attend Wake Forest University School of Law, graduating in 1979.

She specialized in family law in the firm of O’Briant, O’Briant, Bunch, Whatley and Robins until 1997, when she was elected and served as district court judge for Judicial District19B until 2002. In 2002, she was appointed as an emergency district court judge, where she continues to serve today.

Jordan has served as president of the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys, the Randolph County Bar Association, the 19B District Bar and of Legal Services of North Carolina. With the State Bar, she has served on the board of trustees for IOLTA and the Board of Law Examiners, where she continues as an emeritus member. With the NCBA, she has served on the Board of Governors, the Family Law Council, the Membership Services Committee, the Long Range Planning Committee and currently serves on the Administration of Justice Committee.

She has served on the board of directors for the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys, Central Carolina Legal Services, Legal Services of North Carolina and the North Carolina Justice Center. In addition, she has served on the N.C. Courts Commission, the Revenue Laws Study Committee of the N.C. Legislature, and the ABA Family Law Section.

Jordan became the 13th recipient of the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award.


Attorney Timothy Bradley has joined the electrical engineering practice group at Cary’s Coats and Bennett. Bradley joined the firm effective Jan. 31.

   He comes from an intellectual property law firm in Michigan, where he focused on patent preparation and prosecution, patentability and freedom to operate searches, and gained experience coordinating foreign patent prosecution.

Bradley holds a degree from the University of Notre Dame in computer engineering and has industry experience working as a software engineer.

He obtained his juris doctor at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. He is licensed to practice in North Carolina and in Michigan, and is registered with the USPTO.


Grayson Hale, a partner at K&L Gates, has been recently reelected as treasurer for the N.C. Chapter of the March of Dimes. Hale has also served as chair of the Finance Committee since 2009 and has been a member of the board of directors since 2008.


On Dec. 2, the Western North Carolina Group, WENOCA, part of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club gave the Sierra Club Leadership Award 2010 to Asheville attorney and chairman of the Buncombe County Commission, David Gantt.

According to Ken Brame, WENOCA’s political chair, as a Buncombe County Commissioner and as chair of the Buncombe County Commission, Gantt, provided leadership on a number of environmental initiatives, including a conservation easement program that has preserved over 4,000 acres of farmland and open spaces in Buncombe County, an ordinance to ban new billboards in Buncombe County and a law to protect steep slopes and ridge tops in the county.

He has also supported Buncombe County’s first county-wide zoning plan to protect mountains and communities, a storm water ordinance that reduces flooding and landslide potential, creation and funding of a 30-acre urban park in downtown Asheville, measures to limit condominiums on ridge tops and steep slopes, a county law limiting new cell tower construction on mountaintops and a measure to protect 80 acres of land adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Gantt is a practicing attorney with a B.A. in economics from UNC Chapel Hill and a law degree from Campbell University.

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