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Lawyers in the News – Feb. 15

Ed Roney, Joseph Dickinson, and Holly Benton have joined Michael Best in its Raleigh office. Roney joins the firm’s intellectual property practice group as a partner and will serve as the Raleigh office’s managing partner. Dickinson and Benton join the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity practice group as a partner and senior counsel, respectively. All three come to the firm from Smith Anderson.

Josh Whitlock and Sarah Ford Neorr have joined Jackson Lewis in the firm’s higher education industry group in its Charlotte office. Whitlock joins as a principal and Neorr joins as of counsel. Both attorneys have experience with Title IX compliance, litigation, investigations, and training, and both come to the firm from Parker Poe.

Michael Denning, a former Wake County district court judge, has joined Smith Debnam’s mediation and arbitration practice group in Raleigh, where he will focus his mediation and arbitration practice in the area of family law and civil litigation.

Devlin K. Horton and Nick B. Mendez have established Horton & Mendez, a Wilmington-based law practice focused on personal injury and other litigation matters. Both attorneys were previously with Hedrick Gardner.

Ogletree Deakins announced that Phil Strach has been elected office managing shareholder of the firm’s Raleigh office. He succeeds Bob Sar. Also, Whitney Brownlow in Raleigh and Elizabeth Gift in Charlotte were elected to shareholder.

Smith Anderson announced that Andrew Atkins, Kara Brunk, Phil Cardinale, Charles Kabugo-Musoke, Megan Lambert, Davis Roach and Heath Tripp have all joined the firm’s partnership, effective Jan. 1.

Kilpatrick Townsend announced that Regan Adamson, Allison Dobson, and Michael Myers in Winston-Salem and Todd Roessler in Raleigh have all been elevated to partner.

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced that Koral Alman and Anderson Ellis in Hendersonville and Jonathan Dunlap in Asheville have been promoted to partner.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog announced that the firm will adopt the new name of Cranfill Sumner.

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