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Stell: Generational Differences: 5 Tips for Effective Communication

For the first time in American history, we have four different generations working together. Generational differences affect every aspect of work from recruiting new employees to building effective teams. Our communication skills are being tested with so many different generations competing to speak and be heard.

Who are the players?

  1. Traditionalists were born from 1900 – 1945. They value patriotism, loyalty, hard work and respect. They have a “top down” approach to management. They lived through World War I, World War II and the Great Depression and were greatly influenced by these major events. Their names appear on the doors of many of the law firms across our state.
  2. Baby Boomers were born from 1946 – 1964 and make up the majority of partners in law firms today. Boomers are competitive, idealistic and optimistic. Boomers plan to keep working as long as they can be productive.
  3. Generation Xers were born from 1965 – 1980. They are skeptical, independent and resourceful. The divorce rate tripled during their generation and both their parents worked earning them the moniker “latchkey kids.” They often distrust the permanence of institutional or personal relationships. Many Gen Xers are your supervising attorneys.
  4. Millennials were born from 1981 – 1999 and are the majority of law students, young lawyers and legal professionals today. Millennials are realistic, confident and appreciate diversity. Millennials feel empowered to take positive action when things go wrong – this is an excellent trait for a young professional in a client service driven profession. Parents of Millennials included them in the day-to-day negotiations at home, so Millennials expect as much from the office. This can lead to challenges as Traditionalists and Boomers often lead their teams with a “need to know” mentality rather than inviting all team members to participate in the discussion.

Given the potential for conflict based on these generational gaps, here are five tips to help you maneuver through these challenges.…

2016 Herb Falk Society Inductees

The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually. The fifteen individuals inducted for 2016 were recognized at the March 16 member meeting at the Empire Room. Please join us in congratulating:

Barbara R. Christy – 87.5 Hours

Locke T. Clifford – 77.8 Hours

M. Elizabeth Collins – 116 Hours

Benjamin Crissman – 98 Hours

Blinn L. Cushman – 111 Hours

W. Erwin Fuller, Jr. – 100 Hours

Richard W. Gabriel – 76.2 Hours

A. Holt Gwyn – 168 Hours

Eloise Robinson Hassel – 91.1 Hours

Adam G. Kerr – 120.9 Hours

Jennifer L.J. Koenig – 110.75 Hours

Manisha P. Patel – 118 Hours

Steven A. Scoggan – 118.5 Hours

D. Clark Smith, Jr. – 270.8 Hours

Gerald L. Walden, Jr. – 282 Hours

Herb Falk Society Inductees for 2016

Herb Falk Society Inductees for 2016

Herb Falk Society Inductees for 2016

Herb Falk Society Inductees for 2016


Michael Fox of Tuggle Duggins Appointed to NC Board of Transportation

Tuggle Duggins P.A. is pleased to announce that firm partner Michael Fox has been appointed to the North Carolina Board of Transportation by Governor Roy Cooper. This appointment is Fox’s second, having previously served on the Board from 2010 to 2013 under Governor Beverly Perdue. The NC Board of Transportation, consisting of nineteen members statewide, sets transportation policy for the State and oversees the funding and construction of all State transportation infrastructure, including highways, bridges, airports, rail, transit, ferries, and bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Michael Fox

Michael Fox

“These talented new members bring years of experience and commitment to public service to North Carolina’s Transportation Board. I look forward to working with them to make important improvements to our state’s transportation system,” stated Governor Cooper.

Fox’s practice primarily focuses in the areas of business litigation, real estate litigation, government affairs and zoning and land use. In addition to his previous service on the NC Board of Transportation, his public service experience includes having been a Special Prosecutor for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, an assistant district attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, and an aide to a U.S. Congressman.  Fox also served on the Greensboro Planning Board for six years, including three as Chairman.…

2017 Legal Aid Fundraiser Recap

The Greensboro Bar Association’s Legal Aid Fundraiser, held on Saturday, February 25 at the Greensboro Science Center’s SciQuarium, was a great success!  We hosted 135 guests, which included GBA members, many of our sponsors, friends and family.

Guests enjoyed an amazing array of Mediterranean-style food provided by Catering by Bakatsias, locally brewed craft beer from Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company, and a selection of red and white wine from Rioja! A Wine Bar.

We raffled off over 15 great prizes donated by local businesses and organizations, including Sheree’s Natural Cosmetics, Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts, Quaintance-Weaver Hotels and Restaurants, Logan Financial, Parizade Restaurant, 1618 Concepts, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, La Palette Artisan Chocolates, the Greensboro Women’s Club, beerthirty, and World of Beer.

The Fundraiser Committee, consisting of Nick Bakatsias, the Honorable Bill Davis and Sarah Roane, is grateful for the incredible support of our sponsors and extends its thanks to the following companies and individuals:

Platinum ($2,000):  DMJ Wealth Advisors, LLC, Roane Law, Brooks Pierce;

Gold ($1,000):  Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company of North Carolina, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Lincoln Financial Group, Connors Morgan PLLC, Carruthers & Roth, PA, Womble Carlyle;

Silver ($500):  Nexsen Pruet, Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers PLLC, Johnson Pedrick & McDonald PLLC, Garrett and Walker PLLC, Matt Logan Inc., Deuterman Law Group, Tuggle Duggins, Anna Berdahl, Barbara Morgenstern;

Bronze ($250):  Elon University School of Law, ITG Brands, Whole Foods, Jill Wilson & Marc Isaacson, Senn Dunn Insurance, Schell Bray PLLC, Scott Insurance, Turning Point Litigation, Bob & Sally Cone, Cone Health, The Nelson Law Firm, Vance Barron, Jr.

Thanks to the hard work of the committee, ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations (including an incredible anonymous donation of $5,000), the GBA raised an amazing total of $25,145.05 (with $1,500 donated directly to Legal Aid).  At the March 16th member meeting, Sarah Roane presented Janet McAuley-Blue, Managing Attorney of our local Greensboro Legal Aid office, and all Legal Aid attorneys and staff in attendance, with a check for $23,645.05.…

Annual CLE: Stories of Renewal and Recovery

The GBA’s Annual CLE is being held on Thursday, April 20th at Starmount Forest Country Club, from 1:15 to 5:15pm.  The seminar will conclude with a cocktail reception that begins at 5:30 pm, with our annual meeting to follow.

The CLE will feature one hour of substance abuse/mental health credit with a presentation from the NC Lawyers Assistance Program called Stories of Renewal and Recovery, and two hours of ethics credit, with two presentations from GNGF, a dynamic group out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

They will be presenting on the timely topics How to Advise Clients and Manage Judicial Holds and Discovery with Social Media and the Ethics of Data Security.

Every attendee will receive a free copy of their Amazon best-selling legal marketing and technology book Online Law Practice Strategies: How to Turn Clicks into Clients.  The cost for the CLE is just $75 for GBA members until April 14th, and $90 after April 14th.  Please click here to register.…

GBA Annual Picnic 2017

Sunday, May 21


First National Bank Park’s
Novant Health Picnic Area (at 3rd Base)

Bring your family (kids too!) to cheer on the
Greensboro Grasshoppers
as they take on the Delmarva Shorebirds

The Young Lawyers Section will be collecting donations for
the Book Buddies program at Hampton Elementary School.

YLS will use all donations to purchase books so that our Book Buddies
will have a new book to take home for the summer—our goal is $500!


Tuggle Duggins Welcomes Stacey Kraftchick

Stacey Kraftchick has joined Tuggle Duggins as Of Counsel. Stacey’s practice focuses on serving small and mid-sized business clients. She works primarily in the areas of commercial contract negotiation and drafting, corporate mergers and acquisitions, business entity formation and regulatory governance. Stacey has previous experience working in large and small regional law firms as well as in-house for businesses with national and international footprints.

Stacey Kraftchick

Stacey Kraftchick

“We are excited Stacey has joined Tuggle Duggins,” says Natalie Folmar, a director with the firm. “Her experience advising corporate clients will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Stacey earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in Greensboro and is active in various political organizations as well as adult literacy and education programs.…

NCBA Business Law Section Honors Attorney June Basden with Distinguished Service Award

The N.C. Bar Association Business Law Section recently honored Carruthers & Roth attorney June Basden with its 2017 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to the organization.

The award is the Business Law Section’s highest honor – designed to recognize and to encourage extraordinary service to the section, the legal profession and the public.

June L. Basden

June L. Basden

Basden has chaired the Business Law Section and has served as both a Council Member and Secretary of State Liaison. She has led committees for Continuing Law Education, Nominating and the Distinguished Service Award and has been active in planning special events, including an annual meeting and the Business Law Section’s 25th anniversary celebration. She also was instrumental in launching the Distinguished Service Award program. Basden currently serves as one of the Business Law Section’s representatives on the N.C. Bar Association’s Internet and Regulations Task Force.

Basden, who is both an attorney and a certified public accountant, is part of the Carruthers & Roth banking and finance practice.  She represents national and regional banks, financial institutions and commercial lenders in a variety of finance transactions, with a special focus on commercial lending and creditors’ rights. She is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (ACCFL) and of the American Bar Foundation. She also is active in a number of law and accounting organizations at the local, state and national level.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented last month during the annual meeting of the N.C. Bar Association Business Law Section.…

Carruthers & Roth Attorney and Clients Featured on Reality TV Show

A Carruthers & Roth litigator and two of the firm’s clients were featured on a recent episode of the prime time, Emmy-nominated series HOARDERS on A&E Television, a show that seeks to help compulsive hoarders who are in a crisis situation due to their disorder.

Pat Haywood

Pat Haywood

Elizabeth Zook

Elizabeth Zook

The journey to national TV began when Carruthers & Roth attorney Elizabeth Zook helped her clients Michael and Eric Fuko-Rizzo buy the Julian Price House, a 31-room mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The property was being sold by the Bank of America’s troubled asset division after a long and contentious foreclosure proceeding with the prior owner, interior decorator Sandra Cowart.

After extensive negotiations by Zook on her clients’ behalf, the transaction was completed. Carruthers & Roth litigator Pat Haywood then stepped in to help the Fuko-Rizzos take possession of the property, which remained occupied by the former owner.

Though the couple loved their new home, they found all four floors were packed to the ceilings with furniture and other belongings Cowart had hoarded. They knew they faced a massive cleanup before restoration could begin.

With Cowart’s agreement, the Fuko-Rizzos contacted the producers of HOARDERS, who arranged for a team of about 100 experts to empty the home and auction off items of value. The couple compassionately decided any proceeds would benefit Cowart.

Midway through the cleanup process, though, Cowart threatened to sue the Fuko-Rizzos in a bid to regain ownership. Haywood was filmed as he reassured the couple of their legal right to the property and the protections the law provided against the threatened litigation.

“We were pleased to be part of a successful outcome for our clients and can’t wait to see their home returned to its former glory,” Zook says.

The two-hour episode can be viewed online at www.aetv.com/shows/hoarders/season-9/episode-6.

Message from the President, April 2017

For our meeting on Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 at Starmount, former Judge and UNC President Emeritus Tom Ross will deliver a presentation on Non-Partisan Redistricting – How to Strengthen Democracy.  As part of his work at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and in conjunction with Common Cause NC, Judge Ross and a group of former members of the North Carolina judiciary (including our own Justice Frye and Justice Exum) met on a volunteer basis and simulated use of a non-partisan redistricting process to draw fair and compact districts.

Judge Ross is currently President of the Volcker Alliance, a New York City-based non-profit focused on restoring trust in government through improving its operational effectiveness.   He also serves as the Sanford Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy at the Duke University Sanford School for Public Policy.  Judge Ross is President Emeritus of the 17-campus University of North Carolina having served as President from 2011-2016.

Prior to becoming President of the UNC System, Judge Ross served as President of Davidson College, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, a Superior Court judge for 17 years, chief of staff to U. S. Congressman Robin Britt, a member of the Greensboro law firm of Smith, Patterson, Follin, Curtis and James, and an Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government. Judge Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College (1972) and graduated with honors from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1975).

Judge Ross has received numerous awards and accolades for his public service and professional achievements.  His many contributions have been recognized through the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence (2000), given annually to one state judge in the nation and Governing Magazine’s National Public Official of the Year Award (1994).…