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Elections For Greensboro Bar Association Officers & Directors and JD18 Officers

The following members have been nominated to serve as officers and directors of the Greensboro Bar Association for June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019:

GBA President-elect (18th JD VP): Eric A. Richardson

GBA/18th JD Secretary: Chelsea E. Anderson

GBA/18th JD Treasurer: Desmond G. Sheridan

GBA Director (3) for 3-year term starting June 1, 2018 and ending in May 31, 2021:

Abigail E. Peoples

J. Grant Sigmon

Allie Petrova

GBA Director (1) for 2-year term starting June 1, 2018 and ending in May 31, 2020 (fill unexpired term of Eric Richardson):

Kimberly B. Gatling

The nominations were submitted by the 2018 Nominating Committee:

Jim Bryan, Damon Duncan, Ken Keller (chair), Nicole Patino, Camille Payton, Sarah Roane, Judge Teresa Vincent and Gerald Walden

GBA/18 JD President Elect/VP

Eric Richardson – Eric has served as the Chair of the GBA Herb Falk Society, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.  Eric is the managing partner of the personal injury practice and family law practice for Oxner + Permar, PLLC. Since graduating from law school, he has built a litigation practice by handling a wide variety of cases before North Carolina District and Superior Courts, Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts, as well as the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Although Eric has represented a number of business interests and other entities during his legal career, he now focuses his practice on the representation of people who need assistance in maneuvering through the maze of civil litigation.

Born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Eric graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Government. He worked for two years as a Federal Budget Analyst in Bethesda, Maryland before attending law school. Eric graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Wake Forest Law Review.…

In Memoriam

Joseph William Moss

Joseph William Moss, born April 6, 1941, died peacefully at Beacon Place in Greensboro on January 31, 2018, surrounded by family.  Joe moved to his beloved hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia, in the first grade and never lost his love of the marsh, sand and sea.  He left St. Simons to attend Duke University on a football scholarship.  Joe was elected president of Kappa Alpha fraternity at Duke.  He graduated from Duke in 1963 with a B.A. in economics.  He attended Mercer University Law School for one year and transferred to Wake Forest University School of Law, earning JD/LLB degree in 1966.  Joe served as a law clerk to Justice Carlisle Higgins of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1966-67.

Joe practiced law in Greensboro for over forty years as a partner in Adams, Kleemeier, Hagan, Hanna & Fouts (1967-1999), Moss & Eudy, and Moss & Mason.  Joe was a trial lawyer – he loved trying cases and was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He was a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, where he served as chair of the Young Lawyers Division and was among those who initially organized the Construction Law Section.  Joe served as general chairman of the Greater Greensboro Open in 1976, was a member of the Greensboro Jaycees, and served as president of the Greensboro Sports Council.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Henry Parks Moss and Sarah Elizabeth Eberhardt Moss, and his brothers Henry Parks Moss, Jr. and Frank M. Moss, and his cousin Andrew L. Eberhardt.  Joe is survived by his sister Elizabeth Moss Mrachek of West Palm Beach, Florida, and his children Joseph W. Moss, Jr. and his wife Beth of Charlotte, Priscilla (Polly) Moss Wierda and her husband Greg of Greensboro, Gregory Moss Bowman and her husband Greg of Greensboro, and nine grandchildren:  Will Moss, Katherine Moss, Virginia Moss, Carter Wierda, Jackson Wierda, Mason Wierda, Scott Bowman, Daniel Bowman and Henry Bowman.…

Terri Harris Recognized as a 2018 Outstanding Women in Business Honoree

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that Terri Harris has been selected by Triad Business Journal as a 2018 Outstanding Women in Business award winner.

Harris is the partner-in-charge of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Greensboro office and is a member of the firm’s management committee. With more than 27 years of experience, Harris has worked with all types of health care providers in navigating the risks and challenges of the rapidly changing industry. She regularly advises clients on various aspects of health care operations, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, certificate of need and facility licensure, HIPAA, medical staff and peer review, risk management, operational policies, and contracting.

Harris is also active in her community and currently serves as chair of the Friends Homes, Inc. board of trustees. She also volunteers on the attorney hotline for the Women’s Resource Center providing pro bono legal advice to women on health care related legal issues.

For 19 years, Triad Business Journal has recognized extraordinary women through these awards, and recent years have continued to reveal how women are leading across a diverse array of industries and sectors. The judges selected these honorees from an extraordinarily strong pool of nominees based upon their accomplishments in their industries and communities, including philanthropic leadership.

Winners will be recognized in a special publication and at an awards luncheon on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Greensboro/High Point Airport Marriott.…



Joint Event with the High Point Bar Association! Save the Date!

Bring your family (kids too!) for an afternoon
of food, fun, and BASEBALL!!!

Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Lakewood BlueClaws

Sunday, May 20
Gametime: 2:00

First National Bank Field
Sunbrella Shade Zone (Field & Terrace Levels)

All-You-Can-Eat Picnic Buffet from 1:30 to 3:00 as the

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!

Save The Date!

N.C. Industrial Commission Issues Opinion on 151 Continental Tire Asbestosis Workers’ Compensation Matters

Continental Tire recently resolved 151 workers’ compensation cases involving asbestosis claims. The cases have spanned nearly a decade and were spurred on by the North Carolina Industrial Commission Deputy Commissioner James C. Gillen’s 2016 opinion citing the lack of exposure to any employee of asbestos or talc at the Continental Tire plant. The matter was appealed to the full North Carolina Industrial Commission, which recently came to the same conclusion as Deputy Commissioner Gillen. These opinions will be applied to each of the 151 matters.

Continental Tire was represented by Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys Jeri L. Whitfield and Lisa Kaminski Shortt.

Continental Tire was facing a plethora of workers’ compensation cases, all claiming asbestosis from working in a tire plant with insulated steam pipes. The company offered to submit to a full trial using the five Bellwether plaintiffs selected by Plaintiff’s counsel, allowing the opinion in the Bellwether cases to apply to the remaining claims. The trial began in February 2011 and involved a mini trial involving Vermont talc allegations. The trial focused on scientific and medical evidence to prove that employees at Continental Tire were not exposed to levels of asbestos capable of causing disease.  In 2015, the original Deputy Commissioner overseeing the case retired prior to issuing an opinion, and once in front of the newly appointed Deputy Commissioner Gillen, Smith Moore Leatherwood distilled 37 days of trial and more than 70 depositions into a two day closing argument on behalf of Continental.

“Defending an asbestosis workers’ compensation matter is not an easy task in North Carolina,” said Whitfield. “We were initially contacted by Continental Tire in 2009. After a long road and facing a few challenges along the way, we are pleased to receive these opinions from the Commission.”

Whitfield has extensive experience in litigating complex occupational disease claims before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and appellate courts.…

Fourteen Inducted to Herb Falk Society

The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually. The fourteen individuals inducted into the HFS Class of 2017 are listed below. Please join us in congratulating:

Herb Falk Society 2017 Inductees

Herb Falk Society 2017 Inductees

Lisa W. Arthur – 129.2 Hours

Locke T. Clifford – 90.6 Hours

W. Erwin Fuller, Jr. – 170 Hours

Richard W. Gabriel – 77.8 Hours

Andrew J. Haile – 120 Hours

Eloise Robinson Hassel – 82.45

Adam G. Kerr – 85 Hours

Jennifer L.J. Koenig – 133.9 Hours

Phyllis Lile-King – 94.8

Patrick Lineberry – 82.25

Karen McKeithen Schaede – 78

Kristen M. Redman – 81.3

D. Clark Smith, Jr. – 376.4 Hours

Gerald L. Walden, Jr. – 330.5 Hours…

Volunteer at Potter’s House

Volunteers are needed to serve food to the less fortunate at the Urban Ministry’s Potter’s House.

Shifts are from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
This is a great opportunity to give back to the community in the company of fellow members of the bar. We need help on the following Sundays:

April 15 & May 20

Please email Melissa Duncan at mduncan6@elon.edu if you are able to help. Write POTTER’S HOUSE in the subject line.…

Memorial Resolution for Allen Holt Gwyn


Memorial Resolution
Allen Holt Gwyn

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Greensboro Bar Association at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 18, 2018 that:

WHEREAS, Allen Holt Gwyn died on September 18, 2017, in Greensboro, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, this Association desires to reflect upon and recognize his outstanding legal career and service to the Bar and the community in general, and the minutes should therefore reflect that:

Allen Holt Gwyn was born on September 11, 1949 and grew up in Winston-Salem in a family proud of its long legacy as native North Carolinians for many generations.

Holt was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school Holt moved to Greensboro and joined the office of the United States Attorney, Middle District of North Carolina as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, Holt joined the law firm of Falk, Carruthers & Roth, PA in Greensboro as a civil litigation partner. It was there that he began developing his expertise in construction law.  Some years later, he became a partner in the law firm of Patton Boggs, working in its Greensboro office. In 1999, Holt and his long time law partners Richard Conner and Jim Schenck founded the construction law firm of Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, with offices in Raleigh and Greensboro.  Holt was generally considered one of the finest construction lawyers in the state and was often called upon to serve as a mediator and arbitrator in commercial disputes.

Holt dedicated his time and effort to numerous civic and professional organizations.  In 1999, Holt was elected as Chair of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, the nation’s premiere construction law group, with over 6,000 members.…