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. He is a published author and contributes a significant amount of his time to community service, including serving as the General Chairman for the 2009 Wyndham Championship PGA tour event and coaching East Forsyth High School’s trial team in the NCAJ Mock Trial Competition. He is a member of the NC Advocates for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the Multi Million Dollar Advocates’ Forum. He has served on the NC Bar Association’s Medico-Legal Committee, the NC Bar Association’s Family Law Section Committee, and as President of the Guilford County Family Law Section. He has also served as CLE co-chair for the auto torts section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and has been recognized in multiple years by the Greensboro Bar Association as a member of the Herb Falk society.  Eric is certified to practice in the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina’s Federal Courts as well as the United States Supreme Court.

GBA/JD 18 Secretary

Chelsea Anderson – Chelsea has served faithfully and efficiently as the GBA Secretary for two years and chaired the very successful 2015 and 2016 GBA benefits for Legal Aid.  She was an active member of the Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors in 2014-2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Elon University and received her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law.  She has been practicing in the area of family law since 2013, and currently practices with Cordell and Cordell, handling domestic matters, helping individuals in matters relating to separation, divorce, spousal support (post-separation support and alimony), child custody, child support, adoptions, guardianships, name changes, and legitimations.

GBA/18 JD Treasurer

Desmond Sheridan – Desmond is currently completing his second year as Treasurer of the GBA, having also served as Treasurer previously.  Desmond completed his undergraduate work at the University of Florida and his law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, where he graduated with High Honors and was on the Law Review.  He has practiced in Greensboro since 1986, and formed the law firm of Isaacson Isaacson & Sheridan, LLP with Henry Isaacson and Marc Isaacson in 2000.  Desmond is a certified public accountant and, before law school, practiced public accounting in Washington, DC. After beginning his legal career in the tax area, he has expanded his practice to include business transactions, corporations, limited liability companies and commercial real estate. Desmond is active in Temple Emanuel and other community organizations. He has authored a number of articles on tax and legal topics and has given numerous continuing education presentations to CPAs and attorneys.  Most recently, Desmond presented a program on S corporations to over 200 CPAs at the North Carolina Association of CPA’s annual Symposium.

GBA Board of Directors (2020 – unexpired term of Eric Richardson)

Kim Gatling – Kim previously served on the GBA Board in 2006, was Treasurer in 2008-09 and chaired several committees including the Legal Aid Benefit and Law Day. Kim is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude and George Washington University Law School.  Kim is a Partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood, and concentrates her practice in intellectual property prosecution, licensing, and litigation.  She is also a member of the firm’s cybersecurity and data breach group, which assists clients with the management and protection of sensitive business and personal information. Kim is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Trademarks.  In addition to her business savvy, Kim works to help community members achieve a better quality of life. She serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Greensboro, the Board of the Cone Health Foundation, and is a strong supporter of her alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Visitors.

GBA Board of Directors (2021)

Abigail Peoples – Abigail Peoples – Abigail has been active on the GBA Board for a number of years, having chaired the CLE committee and served a full term as a member of the Board of Directors.  She earned her J.D. from The College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe Law School, along with a Masters in Counseling from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts from UNC Chapel Hill.  She started her law firm right out of law school in 2009 and focuses her practice on estate planning/administration, wills/trusts, adoptions, and guardianships.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at Elon School of Law, Guilford College, and GTCC.

Grant Sigmon – Grant has served on the GBA Board of Directors as an ex officio member as President of the Greensboro Young Lawyers Section.  Grant is a graduate of East Carolina University and received his law degree from Elon University School of Law.  He founded Sigmon Klein, PLLC in 2016, where the majority of his practice focuses on personal injury, family law, and business disputes at the State Court level, although he is also experienced in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and in Federal Court. In addition to his law practice, Grant maintains consistent involvement in the Greensboro community. He is currently President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Greensboro Bar Association and is an active member of the Greensboro Rotary Club.

Allie Petrova – Allie has been very active in the GBA Bar, serving as liaison with the High Point Bar and organizing the Battle of the Bars trivia event.  She received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, her advanced tax law studies with an LL.M. in Taxation degree also from Georgetown Law, and an LL.M. in International Economic Law degree from a bilingual program at The Sorbonne in Paris.  She received her B.S. degree in Business Administration and Economics with a Finance concentration, magna cum laude, with departmental honors from Greensboro College.

Allie focuses exclusively on business and taxation matters.  Allie developed her tax and transactional expertise as a senior M&A tax consultant at Ernst & Young in New York City.  Before founding Petrova Law, she practiced corporate and tax law with Schell Bray PLLC in downtown Greensboro.  She has worked at the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.  Allie is an active member of the Greensboro Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.  She serves on the Tax Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and as a Vice Chair of the Closely Held Business Committee of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association.

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.  Joe’s most loyal and loving companions in recent years were his dogs Beau and Bigi, who predeceased him.

Arnold Terry Wood

Arnold Terry Wood, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Greensboro on December 20, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Terry was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 3, 1936.  He was raised in Charlotte, where he graduated from Myers Park High School.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, he joined the United States Navy and served as an officer on the USS Moale, a destroyer.  While serving in the Navy, Terry met and married the love of his life, Ann Turner Wood.

Following his time in the Navy, Terry was admitted to the UNC School of law where he again graduated with Honors.  In the mid-1960’s he moved his family to Hickory, North Carolina, where he opened a law office.  During his time in Hickory he also served as the attorney for the local school board.  In the 1980’s Terry and Ann relocated to Greensboro where he began work in the City Attorney’s Office.  Terry was later named the City Attorney of Greensboro and he served in that capacity until his retirement.  He came out of retirement at the request of the Greensboro City Council and served as the City Attorney for a second time, until he retired once again.

Terry was a selfless and loving man who always put his family first.  He was extremely humble, and many enjoyed his quick witted, self-deprecating personality.  Among his passions over the years were coaching little league football, playing golf with his sons or friends, training for and completing more than 20 marathons, and spending frequent stretches of time in Banner Elk where he truly enjoyed gazing endlessly from his front porch at the mountains around him.

Terry was extremely proud not only of his own time in the military, but the service that others gave in each branch of the military.  Whenever he was out, he always took time to thank those he could identify as veterans for the service and sacrifices they have made to keep our nation safe.

Terry was preceded in death by his father, William Arnold Wood, and his mother, Clyde Gunnels Wood.  He is survived by a large family who he said gave him his greatest pleasure in life.  They are his wife of 58 years, Ann Turner Wood; son William (Bill) Wood and his wife Cindy Farmer Wood of Greensboro and their children Kylie and Abby; son John Wood and his wife Renee of Hickory and their children Paul and Elizabeth; son Warren Wood and his wife Amy of Hickory and their children Gracyn, Isabelle and Turner; son Allen Wood and his wife Amy Marie of Canton and their children Ella and Eva.

Robert Preston Worth

Robert Preston Worth died peacefully on February 21, 2018, at Well-Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro.  He was born in Greensboro on April 3, 1950, to the late Anne Preston Worth and Alexander McAlister Worth, Jr.  After graduating from Page High School, he served in the National Guard and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1972.

Following graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Robert practiced law in Greensboro independently for two years before he became an assistant district attorney in 1978.  From 1981 until 1985, he practiced with the law firm of Spence, Harrison, Benson, Worth and Wannamaker in Greensboro.  He then joined his family’s business, Shamrock Corporation, a leading supplier of printed and converted wrapping papers for the retail packaging, poultry and cigarette industries, and became vice president, secretary and treasurer of the company.  He also served of counsel to the law firm of Douglas, Ravenel, Hardy, Crihfield & Hoyle.  In 2001, Robert was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Robert served on the local advisory board of BB & T for many years, and was active in numerous community and charitable organizations, including the PTA’s at his children’s schools.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Robert shared his warm, happy and generous spirit with people from all walks of life and all ages and personalities.  He so easily noticed the best in others and brought it out through conversation.  Robert related to others with authentic attention and focus and helped others to feel confident about themselves.  He was talented in art, making all of his children’s birthday cards well into their adulthood.  He loved walks on the beach to find sand dollars, and whenever he found them he thought they were sent by a loved one.  He and his family met many times a year at the family’s beach home built by his father.  Robert lived with consistent, strong and grateful faith all of his life and always reflected a warm spirit in his workday and in his home life.  A business associate of Robert’s once remarked that “Robert was a kind, gracious, generous man with a great sense of humor and a big laugh. He made a huge impact on everyone he met, both at our company … as well as throughout the Greensboro business community.”

Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen Alsup Worth and their three children, son David Alsup Worth and his wife Erica Gooden Worth and their children Elsa Anne, Fitzsimmons, and Percy; daughter Martha Worth Whelan and her husband Robert William Whelan and their children Carolyn Preston Whelan and Robert Worth Whelan; and son Jonathan McRae Worth and his wife Catherine Collins Worth (Charlie).  Robert is also survived by his twin brother David McAlister Worth and his wife Lauren Jones Worth, his older brother Alexander Walker Worth and his wife Drena Worth, and members of his extended family.

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. Her civil practice includes handling toxic tort and asbestos-related litigation and premises liability claims before the trial and appellate courts.

In addition to her workers’ compensation practice, Shortt handles a variety of cases before the trial and appellate courts.  Shortt is a partner in the Smith Moore Leatherwood Health Care and Litigation Practice Groups. She formerly practiced as a registered nurse and has five years of experience in cardiac surgery intensive care nursing. She works with hospitals and other health care providers to identify, respond to, and resolve compliance issues and keep their businesses running.

Each result depends on a variety of factors unique to each case.  Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

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.

New Members, Approved on March 14, 2018

Elizabeth M. Lamb
Endorsed by Kristen M. Redman

Caroline T. Pemberton
Administrative Office of the Court/ADA
Endorsed by James L. Swisher

Stephanie Reese
Guilford County District Attorney’s Office
Endorsed by Marcus Allen Shields

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.  He was the first North Carolina lawyer to Chair that organization.  In 2014, he was selected as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Construction Law Section.  Holt also was selected as a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers where he served on its board and as its president.

Holt was also an accomplished writer and teacher.  Holt was co-editor of the treatise entitled North Carolina Construction Law, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and co-editor of the College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitrations.

Holt was a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Greensboro Bar Association.

He gave generously of his time and talents.  Holt’s pro bono efforts were recognized by his membership in the Herb Falk Society.   Holt also served on numerous local boards including the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art and the Cultural Arts Council of Greensboro.  He also served as a member of the Guilford County Volunteers to the Court First Offender Program.

Holt had many abilities and experiences beyond his civic and professional life.  Holt was well travelled and well read.  He was a fine golfer and boat skipper.  He also was a gifted musician and singer frequently performing at local venues and events with his fellow attorney musician, David Niblock of Winston-Salem.

Holt’s life was marked by his keen intellect, integrity, and boundless energy.  Always willing to help others, he was a remarkable mentor for all.  He was a model attorney, citizen and friend.  Those who knew Holt continue to be inspired by his memory to strive for excellence and to better themselves and their communities.

Holt is survived by his wife Beth Boulton of Greensboro, and by a large family.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Greensboro Bar Association, in this duly assembled meeting of its members, does hereby adopt this Resolution to honor and memorialize the life and works of our colleague Allen Holt Gwyn, and directs that this Resolution be made a part of the official records of the Association and that a true copy hereof shall be delivered to Holt’s family in token of the esteem, high regard and enduring affection in which he was held by his friends and colleagues of the Bar.

DONE BY ACCLAMATION at the regularly scheduled meeting of the membership of the Greensboro Bar Association, this the 18th day of January, 2018.

Sarah H. Roane, President