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Lawyers In The News 06-27-11


The Winston-Salem office of Legal Aid of North Carolina has named Robin J. Stinson, an attorney and director in the law firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., Family Law Attorney of the year in Forsyth County.

Stinson practices exclusively in the field of family law and alternate dispute resolution.  She is a North Carolina State Bar certified specialist in family law and a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Stinson is President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

In March 2007, Stinson received the Board of Legal Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar’s James E. Cross Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership as a board-certified specialist in family law.

Steve Reinhard and Ronald Tucceri have formed the law firm of Reinhard Tucceri, PLLC, in the Research Triangle Park area.

Reinhard is a North Carolina board certified specialist in real property: business, commercial and industrial transactions. Tucceri is a former vice president with American Tower.

The firm will focus on commercial real estate, wireless infrastructure, and general business matters.  The two attorneys have combined for more than 40 years in the practice of law.

Reinhard formerly served as the chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section, as well as of the Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association. He spent six years at SpectraSite Communications, Inc., and later at American Tower Corporation after its acquisition of SpectraSite in 2005, where he was a senior vice president and associate general counsel. Reinhard received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1982, Phi Beta Kappa, and received his juris doctor from there in 1985.

Tucceri practiced in commercial real estate in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh. He then joined SpectraSite in 2001, where he spent nearly 10 years focusing on all aspects of its wireless infrastructure business, and most recently, was vice president, legal operations, Collocation of American Tower Corporation.  Tucceri received a bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1989, cum laude, and received his juris doctor from the George Washington University in 1997, with honors.

Mark Sullivan, of the Law Offices of Mark E. Sullivan, P.A., in Raleigh, presented a program on military divorce issues at the Georgia Bar’s Family Law Institute on May 27 at Amelia Island, Fla.

He was cited as an expert in military pension division in a trial court decision in Maryland and an opinion of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, both in March. He served as an instructor in military family law in April at the Naval Justice School, Newport, R.I.


Kala C. Taylor has been named associate director of career services at Wake Forest University School of Law.

Taylor joined the Office of Career Services about three years ago as assistant director, leaving her position as an attorney with a local firm.

In 2001, Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in psychology from Wake Forest University. She received her J.D. and a bachelor’s degree in civil law from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Taylor previously practiced real estate law and debtor/creditor law. Although she no longer practices, she is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, enjoys studying various areas of law and is a part-time instructor in the paralegal department of Forsyth Technical Community College.

Christopher G. Browning Jr., North Carolina’s first solicitor general, has joined the law firm of Williams Mullen to chair the appellate litigation team. Browning, a litigator for 25 years, has argued four times before the United States Supreme Court and has multiple arguments before state appellate courts and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to his seven years as North Carolina’s solicitor general, Browning worked for more than 17 years at Hunton & Williams, representing clients in complex litigation matters including corporate governance, contract disputes, intellectual property and environmental litigation. Browning’s accomplishments include defending war crime proceedings before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Licensed to practice in North Carolina and Georgia, Browning is active in the North Carolina Bar Association, having chaired its Appellate Rules Committee. He is also currently serving on the Appellate Practice Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar.

Browning is a dual graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and graduated from the UNC School of Law with honors. He served as research editor for the North Carolina Law Review.

Patricia P. Shields, a Raleigh partner in the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP, has been elected president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA).

In the association’s 34-year history, Shields will be only the fourth woman to serve as its president, and the second Troutman Sanders partner to serve in this role. Raleigh partner Gary S. Parsons was NCADA’s president from 2003-2004.

At Troutman Sanders, Shields’ practice focuses primarily on the areas of civil litigation and administrative law, with emphasis on the defense of civil rights and product liability claims, attorney malpractice claims, and insurance coverage disputes. She received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1985 and a B.A., cum laude, from Wake Forest University in 1982.

The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys brings together civil trial attorneys to promote the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers defending individuals and businesses in North Carolina. The NCADA represents more than 1,000 civil litigation attorneys and paralegals in North Carolina.

Timothy S. Goettel and David L. Hayden have joined Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P.

Goettel joins Smith Anderson as partner. He was previously a partner with the Raleigh office of an international law firm.

His experience includes advising clients regarding complex acquisitions and divestitures across a range of industries, including energy, financial services and technology.  He advises clients on corporate governance matters and represents issuers in public and private offering and financing transactions.

Hayden joins the firm as counsel after serving as the general counsel and board secretary for USfalcon, Inc. He has experience in government contracting, general corporate and employment law.  He regularly advises companies and their directors and officers on corporate governance matters and other general corporate and business matters.

Hayden also represents a variety of defense contractors, advising on a broad range of federal contracting corporate issues. Hayden has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, investigating and prosecuting federal crimes as well as supervising all military attorneys authorized to practice in federal court in eastern North Carolina. He conducted federal procurement fraud investigations in government contracting and served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, retiring from active duty in 2005 in with the rank of colonel.

J. Gary Eichelberger Jr. and Emily A. Moseley have joined Wood Jackson PLLC as of counsel. Starting July 1, 2011, the firm’s new address will be: 1330 St. Mary’s Street, Suite 460, Raleigh, N.C., 27605.

The North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), a state-wide association of attorneys pledged to protect the rights of all North Carolinians in civil and criminal cases, has announced its leadership for the 2011-12 term.

Gary Jackson, a partner at Jackson & McGee, LLP, in Charlotte, has been elected president, succeeding  Philip Baddour, a partner at Baddour, Parker & Hine, PC, in Goldsboro.

Jackson has practiced law for more than 28 years, the last 13 devoted exclusively to representing plaintiffs. After clerking for a federal judge in California, he became a litigation associate with Baker & Mackenzie. In 1986, Jackson returned to North Carolina, becoming a partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. In 1995, he left big-firm practice to begin representing individuals and small-business owners, primarily against large corporate entities.

Both Jackson and Baddour serve on the 14-person Executive Committee, a subset of the NCAJ Board of Governors. Other members: President-elect Guy Crabtree, Durham; Christopher Nichols, education vice president, Raleigh; James Coleman, legal affairs vice president, Durham; Danny Glover Jr., legislative vice president, Elizabeth City; David Teddy, membership vice president, Shelby; Charles Monnett III, communications vice president, Charlotte; Mark Sumwalt, past president appointment by president, Charlotte; Kathleen S. Glancy, fundraising and development officer, Wilmington; David Kirby, at large, Raleigh; Wade Byrd, AAJ governor, Fayetteville; Margaret “Peggy” Abrams, PAC chair, Raleigh; Charles Blanchard, president emeritus, Raleigh.

Members of the NCAJ Board of Governors include attorneys from throughout the state:

Julie Bell, Winston-Salem; Katherine Bricio, Raleigh; Trevor Fuller, Charlotte; Michael Jordan, Durham;

Joseph T. Knott III, Raleigh; Janet Lyles, re-elected, Morehead City; Chris Mumma, Durham; Annemarie Pantazis, re-elected, Charlotte; Matthew Sullivan, re-elected, Kinston; Jason Taylor, Hickory; James Williams, re-elected, Carrboro; Brad Bannon, reappointed Ethics Chair; Robert Burford, re-elected AAJ minority delegate; E. Spencer Parris, re-elected AAJ delegate.

The attorneys of the Raleigh law firm of Leone Noble & Seate, LLP, traveled to Joplin, Mo., the weekend of June 10 to assist the victims of the massive tornado that destroyed much of the city on May 22. Managing Partner Beth Leone Noble and associate attorneys Patrice Ray and Mike Rothrock spent the weekend cleaning up rubble from homes  demolished by the storm’s 200-plus mph winds. Many of the homes had nothing left but the foundation. The cleanup consisted of pulling up debris and sorting it in piles near the street curb for pickup.

Leone Noble & Seate is a Raleigh-based law firm that limits its practice to automobile accidents and workers’ compensation and focuses its efforts in helping to defend people’s rights.


John H. Carmichael has joined the firm of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. as a partner. Carmichael is an experienced land use and zoning lawyer. His areas of practice also include commercial real estate and land use litigation.

Carmichael regularly represents landowners and developers throughout North Carolina in the rezoning of properties for office, retail and residential uses. He also has substantial experience in obtaining variances from parking, setback, buffer and other zoning ordinance requirements. Additionally, Carmichael represents landowners and developers in connection with voluntary and involuntary annexation issues.

An honors graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, with an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Carmichael has more than 17 years of experience representing clients in transactions and litigation involving land use and zoning issues. Before joining Robinson Bradshaw, he was a partner in the Charlotte office of K&L Gates. Carmichael is a LEED Accredited Professional through the Green Building Certification Institute.

Robinson Bradshaw is a corporate and commercial law firm with 130 attorneys. The firm has offices in Charlotte, the Research Triangle and Rock Hill, S. C.


John D. Cole has joined Nexsen Pruet as a member (partner) in its Charlotte office. His practice focuses on employment and labor law. Attorney Diedra Harper joined the firm’s employment team in Charlotte in late May.

Cole has represented clients from multiple industries such as retail, manufacturing, service and financial. He has experience in union campaigns, elections, strikes, and unfair labor practice litigation before the National Labor Relations Board.  He has also handled business litigation cases involving fraud, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, contract and tort issues.

Cole earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va, graduating magna cum laude.  He received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

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