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Jan 9, 2023

GROWTH SPURT: More law firms are opening up shop in the Carolinas — here’s why

Alan Woodlief, interim dean, and professor of law at Elon University School of Law, has seen the growth of the legal industry in the Carolinas firsthand.  The reason behind the growth? The addition of “big law,” and national firms setting up firms in the Carolinas, he says.  Numbers from bar associations in both states seem […]

Sep 30, 2022

Gordon & Rees adds partner in Raleigh office 

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani has added Samuel G. (“Bo”) Thompson Jr. as a partner in the firm’s Raleigh office, according to a news release.   He is a North Carolina native whose practice areas include professional liability defense, health care, agribusiness and toxic tort law, privacy and data security, products liability, and general liability matters. He […]

Sep 9, 2022

Michael Best continues NC expansion 

Michael Best announces that Brian Crawford has joined the firm’s Real Estate Team as a partner in the Durham office, and Jack Wiggen has joined the firm’s Corporate Practice Group as senior counsel in the Wilmington office.   Crawford and Wiggen mark the latest addition to the firm in the past month, coming on the heels […]

Jun 28, 2022

BEING FLEXIBLE: Law firms adjust to a post-Covid workplace 

By Teri Saylor, Correspondent  Greg Strickland chuckles when he recalls the extraordinary measures his law firm’s residential real estate attorneys took just to collect signatures on closing packages when the Covid-19 pandemic shut down businesses everywhere in 2020.  As firm administrator at Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, Strickland describes an odd scene of vehicles lined up […]

Apr 27, 2018

Stein opposes federal lawyer debt collection bill

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein signed a letter in opposition to pending federal legislation that he said would allow debt collection attorneys to use the state courts to intimidate customers into paying. The pending litigation Stein opposes is the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act which would amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act […]

Aug 1, 2017

Attorneys – Law Firm Dissolution – Referee’s Procedures

Mitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burge & Boughman v. Brewer (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-230-17, 29 pp.) (Mark Davis, J.) Appealed from Cumberland County Superior Court (John Jolly Jr., J.) N.C. App. Holding: At no point during the two years between the issuance of the trial court’s reference order and the filing of the referee’s report did […]

Feb 29, 2016

Attorneys – Law Firm Dissolution – Costs & Interest

Mitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burge & Boughman v. Brewer (Lawyers Weekly No. 020-019-16, 11 pp.) (John Jolly Jr., J.) 2016 NCBC 18 Holding: Defendants’ counterclaims are based on the premise that the individual plaintiffs had not withdrawn from, and that there had not been a dissolution of, the plaintiff-law firm. However, this premise was specifically […]

Feb 8, 2016

Q&A Edward Winslow III: Legal system must evolve to keep up

Edward Winslow III knew early on that he wanted to stray from the family business. His father was in the horse-and-mule business and eventually became a farmer. “What I learned about farming caused me to develop an interest in other ways of earning a living,” said Winslow, a native of Edgecombe County. So after graduating […]

Apr 4, 2014

Smaller support staffs mean firms do more with less

Evolving technology and lessons learned in the wake of the Great Recession have conspired to change the model of law firm staffing. Traditionally, every lawyer at a firm had his own secretary and often a paralegal as well. Today, only a handful of lawyers have their own assistants and typically share paralegals with fellow attorneys. […]

Sep 13, 2013

Nonlawyers now a fixture in law firm management

The country is coming out of one of the worst recessions in decades. In addition to dealing with a sea change in the legal profession, many firms are positioning themselves for a healthy future.

Apr 18, 2013

Top 25 law firms: The new normal

The word “trend” is loosely flung around the fashion and tech worlds all the time. But in the world of business, a trend is a much more measurable thing. It gives us cold, hard facts, even when we don’t want to see them.

Apr 29, 2011

Smith Moore opens new SC office, takes on established lawyers

By FRED HORLBECK, Senior Staff Writer [email protected] Two weeks after North Carolina giant Womble Carlyle announced its acquisition of a Charleston, S.C., firm, the regional law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood also has opened an office in the port city. The move expands the firm’s footprint in the Southeast and positions it for growth in […]

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