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Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced the addition of Regan Adamson to the firm’s Winston-Salem office. Adamson joins the firm as an associate on the mergers and acquisitions and securities team in the firm’s corporate, finance and real estate department.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton also announced the addition of Jason Friday to the firm’s Raleigh office. Friday joins the firm as an associate on the electronics/software team in the firm’s internationally recognized intellectual property department.

Sodoma Law Firm, which has centered its practice on family law, has begun a new business litigation practice group. The new practice group is housed in the historic G.G. Galloway House in Charlotte. The firm announces the addition of Matt Villmer and Scott Branam as attorneys. Both Villmer and Branam focus on business litigation.

Mark W. Merritt, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson was sworn in as vice president of the North Carolina State Bar at the organization’s annual dinner on Oct. 24. After joining Robinson Bradshaw in 1983, Merritt became a partner in 1989. He practices business-related litigation, with a focus on antitrust litigation and counseling and corporate governance litigation.

Thorp Law Group announced that Brandon Weaver has joined the law firm on its first anniversary. Weaver is a recent cum laude graduate of the Campbell University School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors for “The Campbell Law Review” and represented low-income seniors in the Campbell Law Senior Law Clinic. Weaver will practice in the areas of personal injury, products liability and land condemnation.

The Asheville estate planning and business law firm of Strauss & Associates announced that Peter McGuire has joined the firm’s Asheville office. McGuire is currently working in the areas of estate planning, litigation, brewing and brewery law, and business and corporate law.

Coats + Bennett, an intellectual property law firm in Cary, announced that Edward Roney has joined the firm as an attorney for its patent practice. Roney will focus on IP licensing and litigation, inter partes review proceedings, United States and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio management and corporate transactions.

Charlotte School of Law third-year student Jane O’Neil Edwards won first place in a national student writing competition hosted by the University of Missouri School of Law and sponsored by the ABA Judicial Division Lawyers’ Conference. The paper assesses the effectiveness of requiring an age cut-off as opposed to a life tenure.

Sidney S. Eagles Jr., former Chief Judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals and attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood, was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award on behalf of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane during a Raleigh City Council Meeting on Oct. 7.

The New Hanover County Bar Association and Legal Aid of North Carolina recognized 20 attorneys for their pro bono service to Legal Aid’s Wilmington office at an event held on Oct. 23.  Auley M. Crouch III received the Addision Hewlett Jr. Award for exemplary pro bono service.  The following New Hanover County attorneys were also recognized: Lawrence S. Craige, Kelly C. Hanley, Helayne B. Levy, Andrew K. McVey, Michael Murchison, Jill L. Peters, LeeAnne Quattrucci, Tanina L. Richardson, Regan H. Rozier, Linda B. Sayed, Allison A. Somuk, Matthew W. Thompson and Benton L. Toups.

Victor Boone, Legal Aid of North Carolina’s senior managing attorney in the Raleigh office, was awarded the Joseph Branch Professionalism Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Wake County Bar Association, on Nov. 4 at the association’s luncheon.

Brooks Pierce, known for its media and entertainment practice, sponsored the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington. Thomas Varnum, a partner in the firm’s Wilmington office, serves on the Cucalorus board of trustees and blends his personal and professional interests in his broad entertainment law practice.

Everett J. Bowman, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, has received the 2014 Catalyst Award from the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. The award recognizes leaders who have taken exceptional action to create change and bring attention to important environmental issues.

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc., in conjunction with Moore & Van Allen, launched a human trafficking speaker series on Oct. 15.  Nearly 40 attendees from across the region gathered to hear FBI Charlotte Special Agent Dave Dawson and Legal Aid of North Carolina attorney Amanda Hinnant present truths of trafficking activity in the local community. The program was the first in a series of four.

McAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Beth Barnes and Anthony Heary to the firm’s Raleigh office. Both practice general litigation.

Smith Moore Leatherwood announced that attorney Carole Bruce has been inducted into the Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina’s Business Hall of Fame.

Morningstar Law Group has expanded its current office space. The firm is located on Davis Drive in Morrisville.

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