New Bovis Kyle Office Opens in Greensboro

The Atlanta, Georgia based law firm of Bovis, Kyle, Burch & Medlin, LLC is pleased to announce that Brian H. Alligood and Alicia Bray, formerly of the firm Sharpless & Stavola, have joined the firm to open its new office in Greensboro.  Mr. Alligood and Ms. Bray will continue their established litigation practices, with emphasis on medical malpractice and long-term care defense, health care law, employment litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.  The firm looks forward to serving its Southeastern based clients in North Carolina.

Brian H. Alligood

Brian H. Alligood

Alicia Bray

Alicia Bray

Managing Partner Julie Earp Recognized As One Of 100 Nationwide “Women To Watch”

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Julianna Theall Earp has been selected by American City Business Journals’ Bizwomen as one of its 100 “Women to Watch” in 2017.  The group chosen from across the nation “collectively have a record of success that spans decades” and are “poised to continue impacting their companies, and their communities, for years to come,” according to Bizwomen which, along with The Business Journals, is a publication of American City Business Journals.

Julie Earp

Julie Earp

Earp’s inclusion with this distinguished group reflects her well-respected leadership efforts to oversee the continued growth and success of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s seven offices in three states. In addition to serving as Chair of the firm’s Management Committee, she has held leadership positions outside of the office with the Middle District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Employment Law Practice Group of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.

During her more than thirty-year tenure with the firm, Earp has served Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in an array of leadership roles.  She is a longstanding member of the litigation practice group and a member of the labor and employment team. She represents clients in the health care, transportation, education, manufacturing, hospitality and retail industries. Earp has been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine seven times as one of the “Top 50 Women” attorneys in North Carolina, was selected by Triad Business Journal as an “Outstanding Women in Business” and was voted Greensboro Best Lawyers “Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year” in 2013, 2016 and 2017.  Earp graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of Georgia and, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law.  She joined Smith Moore Leatherwood immediately after graduating from law school and has spent the entirety of her career with the firm.

Kenneth R. Keller, President, Greensboro Bar Association

Message from the President, March 2017

For our March lunch meeting, City Manager Jim Westmoreland will present an update on the “State of the City”, which will include a short video of the City’s 2017 accomplishments and a PowerPoint presentation on the 2017 forecast.  Mr. Westmoreland graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer.  He has been Greensboro City Manager since February of 2014.  Among other awards, Mr. Westmoreland received the George C. Franklin Award for Municipal Administration from the UNC School of Government.

Construction on our Habitat House will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  Construction will continue each weekend (except for holiday weekends) through Saturday, August 12, 2017 with dedication and closing on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  The house will be built on the lot at 722 Prince Street.

Our homeowners are Tona Nay and D’Joan R’mah, who came to the United States from Vietnam. Tona is employed at Affordable Stone Products and D’Joan manages the family.  They are parents of four sons: Sru – 25 years old, Santigo – 14 years old, Tula – 12 years old, Jensu – 7 years old, and three daughters: Sara – 21 years old, Sama – 18 years old and H’Po – 16 years old.

In order to qualify as Habitat homeowners, Tona and D’Joan have attended more than 30 hours of classes on budgeting, home maintenance, and finance.  They will work a minimum of 350 hours during construction and repay Habitat through an interest free loan.

We now have a firm schedule for the work, set out on the Habitat website: (http://gsobar.habitatgreensboro.volunteerhub.com/events/indexv1).  The framing related tasks are set for the following dates (all Saturdays):

• 4/1 – Wall Framing (exterior walls)
• 4/8 – Wall Framing (interior walls)
• 4/22 – Scaffold Setup/Truss Prep
• 4/29 – Roof Framing
• 5/6 – Misc Framing/Shingle Prep

We have invited the NC Supreme Court Justices for the initial work date on 4/1.  So far, two have declined, Justice Newby has tentatively accepted and we are waiting to hear from the others.  We will break that day at noon for lunch and a groundbreaking ceremony at the site.  All members of the Bar are invited to the ceremony and lunch whether or not they are on the work crew that day.  We will be sending you an email for you to make reservations.

On 4/8 and 4/22, we will be working with the UNCG Student Veterans Association.  This is an outstanding group of young veterans and we are honored to work with them.  They have requested having members of the Bar on their workdays, and this is a great opportunity for them and for us to make connections.  Please also consider the roof framing work and shingle prep, which are among the most interesting tasks on the work schedule.  The roof is 6 pitch (6” of rise for every horizontal foot), which is far less steep and more manageable than the 8 pitch roofs we had on the last two GBA houses.

If you have already signed a Volunteer Form, we will be getting in touch with you by email to confirm your work dates.  If you have not signed a Volunteer Form, please volunteer for your preferred work dates by going directly to the Habitat website.

Thanks so much for volunteering! 

Recognitions for Nexsen Pruet’s Greensboro Attorneys: Super Lawyers and Legal Elite NC

Four Nexsen Pruet Greensboro attorneys named to Business NC Legal Elite 2017

Four Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been selected by their peers to this year’s list of “Legal Elite” in North Carolina from Nexsen Pruet’s Greensboro Office. The 2017 list is featured in the Januaryvv issue of Business North Carolina magazine.  The attorneys are Brian Anderson (Bankruptcy), Eric Biesecker (Construction), William Wilcox (Business) and  Brian Pearce (“Young Guns”). Please click here to read more from Business North Carolina magazine.

In addition, two Greensboro Attorneys are in the Hall of Fame.  The top vote-getter in each category then becomes a life-long member of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Hall of Fame. Nexsen Pruet Hall-of-Famers include: Harper Heckman (Greensboro) for Construction in 2016 and Christy Myatt (Greensboro) for Bankruptcy in 2010.

Seven Nexsen Pruet Attorneys in Greensboro named to 2017 NC Super Lawyers®

Seven Greensboro Nexsen Pruet attorneys have been named to the 2017 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers®. They include five Super Lawyers Recognitions in the following areas:

Jim Bryan – Insurance
Jay Devaney – Real Estate
Harper Heckman – Construction
Christy Myatt – Bankruptcy
William Wilcox – Tax

In addition, two attorneys were named 2017 North Carolina Rising Stars®:

Brian Anderson – Bankruptcy (Greensboro)
Jeff Reichard – Construction (Greensboro)

Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Eric Biesecker

Eric Biesecker

Bill Wilcox

Bill Wilcox

Brain Pearce

Brain Pearce

Harper Heckman

Harper Heckman

Christy Myatt

Christy Myatt

Jim Bryan

Jim Bryan

Jay Devaney

Jay Devaney

Jeff Reichard

Jeff Reichard

Tom Kane

Kane: Retain Associates with Marketing/BD Training

By Tom Kane (Reprinted from Tom’s LegalMarketingBlog.com dated February 14, 2017)

For firms that are only interested in associates cranking hours until they get burned out, this post is not for you. More likely it is for medium to smaller firms who really want to build their firm; and want it to survive with new rainmakers as partners age.

Two notable exceptions are Quinn Emanuel and Jones Day, according to Kevin McMurdo, with Wicker Park Group. He mentions in “’Switch’ on Business Development Skills With Associates,” that those firms tie associate compensation/bonuses to their involvement in business development. There may be other firms I’m not aware of.

According to McMurdo, some of those business development actions by associates might include:

  • Attend brown bag training sessions;
  • Meet with partners to learn how they attract/retain clients;
  • Work with practice group leader to develop a niche in the coming year;
  • Attend networking events/conferences;
  • Complete a marketing plan; and
  • Read Ross Fishman’s “The Ultimate Law Firm Associate’s Marketing Checklist” (which I recently discussed here and here).

McMurdo sums up my point by quoting a partner, “Involving associates in business development is a great way to protect and retain good associates.”

Tom Kane is a member of the Greensboro Bar Association and former NC Assistant Attorney General. He has spent the past 30-plus years as an in-house legal marketer and consultant to law firms throughout the U.S. He is the author of LegalMarketingBlog.com. He can be reached at (386) 225-9612.

GBA & Elon Law Red Cross Blood Drive

Greensboro Bar Association & Elon Law

Blood Drive

Elm Street Center – Upper Regency Room

203 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Give the gift from the heart!  Save lives by donating blood!

To schedule an appointment, visit  redcrossblood.org

and key sponsor code “GBA”. Questions?

Contact Diane Lowe at  jd18gba@greensborobar.org.

Appointments are encouraged.

Walk-ins welcome. Bring a photo ID.

Sign Up for Elon’s Ask-A-Lawyer Day

The Elon Law Pro Bono Board will be hosting its annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day event on April 29, 2017 from 10am to 2pm at Elon University School of Law. Many people are in need of legal assistance but do not have the means to access legal representation. GBA members are invited to participate with Elon Law students to help meet the legal needs of our community. To sign up to participate, please send an email with your name, contact information and practice area(s) to probono@elon.edu by April 1.

NC Pro Bono Resource Center Launches Survey Regarding Pro Bono Involvement

Rule 6.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct encourages North Carolina attorneys to provide at least fifty hours of pro bono legal services each year. Recognizing the logistical hurdles that often hinder pro bono work, the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission proudly launched the North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center in 2016.

One of the first issues identified by the Center was North Carolina’s inability to track the pro bono services rendered by attorneys every year. Tracking pro bono efforts helps identify unmet legal needs and illuminate larger trends relevant to access to justice issues statewide. It also provides a public record recognizing the amazing and valuable contributions made by attorneys across North Carolina who selflessly volunteer their time every year.

The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center has created a new survey designed to fill this need. Between now and March 15, 2017, North Carolina attorneys are encouraged to visit www.ncprobono.org and complete a brief survey about their pro bono service during calendar year 2016. Completing the survey should take approximately ten minutes, and individuals have the option to do so anonymously.  Any attorney who reports at least fifty hours of pro bono service will be inducted into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society and will receive a certificate from the Supreme Court of North Carolina honoring his or her achievement.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  Any questions may be directed to Sylvia Novinsky at sylvia@ncprobono.org.

Senior Associate Carrie Hanger Selected To Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under 40

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce Senior Associate Carrie Hanger was recently honored as one of Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders Under Forty. This award recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are making major advances in their careers and are creating a positive impact on their communities.

Carrie Hanger

Carrie Hanger

Hanger’s practice focuses on the needs of healthcare providers and entities engaged in clinical and preclinical research throughout the United States. She provides solutions for issues relating to healthcare enrollment and reimbursement, regulatory and corporate compliance, medical staff matters and business disputes. She has worked with hospitals, long term care facilities, hospice and home health providers, drug and device companies, and DME suppliers. Hanger represents her clients in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitration.

Hanger received her bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in 2001 and her juris doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2006. She is a graduate of Leadership Greensboro Class of 2016 and serves on the steering committee of the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro as well as the Bell House board of directors.

She will be recognized at the 40 Leaders Under Forty awards ceremony on February 16 at the Elliott University Center, University of North Carolina Greensboro and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Triad Business Journal.