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Lawyers in the News – Oct. 7

Michael Best has announced that three attorneys have joined the firm in its Raleigh office as senior counsel. Adam Banks joins the litigation practice group and focuses on business and corporation transactions, business litigation, and construction litigation. Ashley Felton joins the labor and employment practice group and counsels employers on contracts, HR procedures and discrimination claims. Bernie Brown joins the intellectual property practice group and will focus on patent issues. Brown was previously with Brinks Gilson & Lione; Banks and Felton were previously with Felton Banks.

Allen O’Rourke has joined Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte, where he will assist clients with white-collar defense, governmental and internal investigations, and privacy and data security matters. O’Rourke will also co-chair the firm’s new cybersecurity and privacy practice group. O’Rourke spent six years as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., where he helped lead the office’s Cyber Unit.

Lori Fuller has joined Smith Anderson in Raleigh. Fuller joins the firm’s technology practice and was previously general counsel for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete has announced the opening of a new office in Raleigh. The first partner to join the Raleigh office is Justin Coffey, who comes to the firm from Ogletree Deakins. Coffey advises large multinational companies on all aspects of employment-based immigration as well as I-9 compliance and E-Verify.

Steven Bader has joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in its Raleigh as of counsel. Bader focuses his practice in appellate law and previously practiced at a firm in Minnesota. Zachary S. Anstett has also joined Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in its Raleigh office, as an associate attorney in the firm’s workers’ compensation practice group.

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