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Lawyers In The News: Feb. 21, 2011

Moore & Van Allen attorney Anthony T. “Tony” Lathrop, a member of the firm’s litigation practice, was named chairman of the Network of Trial Law Firms for 2011. The network is a nonprofit membership corporation of 6,500 attorneys from 24 law firms throughout the United States and Canada. Its goal is to provide high-quality trial and litigation representation through advances in education, technology, business and science and to produce cutting-edge continuing legal education programs.


Former Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. will receive an honorary degree from Duke University at the school’s May 15 commencement.

As North Carolina’s only four-term governor, Hunt’s leadership in both education and business sectors has been recognized, in part, for transforming North Carolina from a manufacturing- focused state into one with a knowledge-driven economy.

During his tenure, North Carolina consistently ranked at the top of the nation in economic growth, job creation and capital investment and was nationally recognized for its business climate. Hunt established the N.C. Biotechnology Center, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.

Today, he leads Womble Carlyle’s economic-development practice. The N.C. Economic Developers Association recently recognized his work by awarding him the NCEDA President’s Award. The rarely bestowed award honors a career of commitment to economic development efforts in the state.

Hunt also chairs the board of directors of two institutes he founded: The James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from N.C. State and a law degree from the UNC School of Law.


Brown, Crump, Vanore & Tierney in Raleigh recently named John Cathcart as a partner in the firm. Cathcart graduated from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He joined the firm in 2003, concentrating his civil defense practice in the representation of individuals and corporations in matters of general liability and compliance in both state and federal courts. 


Womble Carlyle attorney Edward Griggs has been selected for the North Carolina Bar Association’s first-ever Leadership Academy. Griggs and 15 other attorneys were selected from 79 candidates from across the state.

The Leadership Academy will meet regularly throughout 2011. The purpose of the program is to identify and develop outstanding young leaders. The training program is designed by the NCBA’s Young Lawyer Initiatives Task Force and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Griggs is a member of Womble Carlyle’s tax, trusts & estates practice group in the Winston-Salem office. He focuses on the areas of estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning, fiduciary administration and fiduciary litigation. He also assists clients with the creation of new charitable organizations and advises charitable clients about governance, compliance, grant-making and fundraising issues.

Griggs is the 2007 winner of the NCBA’s Outstanding Continuing Legal Education Volunteer of the Year Award, and is immediate past president of the Winston-Salem Estate Planning Council. Griggs chairs the technology committee of the NCBA’s Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section.  He is the president-elect of the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, Inc.


Grayson Hale, a partner at K&L Gates, has been recently reelected as treasurer for the North Carolina 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.


Greensboro attorney Afi Johnson-Parris has joined the boards for the War Memorial Foundation and First Citizens Bank.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Johnson-Parris is a family law and divorce attorney. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she was a published member of its law review. She previously practiced with Kilpatrick Stockton in Atlanta and Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro.


R. Michael Wells Sr., a partner with Wells, Jenkins, Lucas & Jenkins, was recently elected to the academic affairs committee of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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