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Lawyers In The News: April 11, 2011

Annemarie Pantazis has been recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal with its 18th annual 40 Under 40 Award. Each year, the weekly business newspaper selects Charlotte’s brightest men and women under 40 for their outstanding business and community achievements.

She is a board-certified workers’ compensation specialist with the Pantazis Law Firm and is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Board of Governors and the Workers’ Compensation Section’s executive committee. Pantazis is a frequent lecturer and author of several articles in the area of workers’ compensation. She earned a B.A. in government from the College of William & Mary and her J.D. from Wake Forest University.


Mason G. Alexander, managing partner of the Charlotte office Fisher & Phillips, recently helped employers and human resources professionals understand and avoid the common pitfalls surrounding employment termination in a course called “When You Have to be The Terminator.” Held at the Employers Association in Charlotte, Alexander discussed the steps leading up to termination, the actual termination interview and the importance of the post-termination process.


Poyner Spruill partner Julie Hampton has been selected as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award recipients.

Hampton began her career with the firm in 2004. Her practice primarily focuses on contract-based litigation with an emphasis on representing general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in construction disputes. She was named partner in January 2011.

Hampton leads Poyner Spruill’s charitable efforts, which include involvement in the Boys & Girls Club Annual Fund Campaign and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She also volunteers for the Junior League of Raleigh and is a N.C. Graduate Project Mentor, working with a high school senior with an interest in pursuing a legal career.

Among her professional associations, Hampton is a Raleigh chapter member of the National Association of Women in Construction and serves on the lawyers’ professionalism and ethics committee for the Defense Research Institute. She was appointed by the governor to the N.C. Locksmith Licensing Board and served as vice chair in 2010. 

Hampton received her J.D. from the Campbell University School of Law in 2002 and completed judicial clerkships at the N.C. Court of Appeals and N.C. Supreme Court prior to joining the firm. 


Dave Neill, an attorney in the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, has been designated with a specialty in building design and construction as an accredited professional by the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

LEED is an internationally accepted standard for development practices of high-performance green buildings. As a LEED-accredited attorney, Neill has a detailed knowledge of necessary procedures used in evaluating green building practices.


Spilman Thomas & Battle attorney Jill M. Benson was recently featured as a legal adviser on the North Carolina Association of Staffing Professional’s Conference Radio. Benson will also be speaking on legal matters at the 2011 NCASP Annual Conference in Wrightsville Beach on April 28-30. Jeffrey D. Patton, member in charge of Spilman’s Winston-Salem office, will also be presenting at the conference.


The BTI Consulting Group has named Parker Poe lawyer Roy L. “Skip” Smart III a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2011. Smart is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office and the department chairman for the business law group.

Smart represents foreign and domestic businesses, including manufacturing, distribution and service sector companies. He advises his clients on a variety of business and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions.

BTI Client Service All-Stars represents an elite group of 318 attorneys nationwide who have delivered extraordinary client service based on unprompted recommendations by corporate counsel.

The BTI Consulting Group earlier named Parker Poe to the BTI Client Service A-Team 2011, a distinction reserved for law firms whose clients value them as unparalleled leaders in client service.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick has announced that Scott Humphrey has joined the Charlotte office as a partner in the employment and labor law practice group.

Humphrey received his J.D. from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1989 and B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1986.


Tonya Powell has joined the Shanahan Law Group as senior counsel. Her practice areas will include commercial real estate, banking and finance and general corporate law.

In addition to nearly 15 years of commercial real estate and lender representation experience, Powell worked as in-house corporate counsel for over four years where she gained experience in the formation, restructuring and operation of limited liability companies, as well as working closely with lenders on complex debt restructures and workouts. She is a board-certified specialist in commercial real property law.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and North Carolina Bar Associations and has served on the NCBA’s Real Property Section Council.

Powell received her B.A. summa cum laude from Wake Forest University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina, where she was a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team and The Order of the Barristers. 




Upcoming Event

 The Legal Marketing Association’s Charlotte City Group and the Charlotte Women’s Bar is hosting a presentation on gender communication in the workplace from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at Queens University in Charlotte. Professor Karen Dunn will discuss the different ways that men and women communicate and its impact on interactions in the office.

A cocktail reception will follow the event, which takes place in the Claudia Belk room of the Trexler Building at 1900 Selwyn Ave.

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