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

GBA Mix & Mingle

We encourage members of the Greensboro Bar Association to bring at least one nonmember to the Mix and Mingle membership social scheduled for March 8, 2018 at Joymonger’s. It’s great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with your colleagues, and learn more about all of the benefits that come with being a Greensboro Bar Association member.GBA-Mix-and-Mingle

Three Higgins Benjamin Attorneys Recognized by 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers

Higgins Benjamin, PLLC, is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s attorneys were recognized in the 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine for their professional achievement recognized by their peers.  Super Lawyers is an independent lawyer-ranking service that selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phase rating process.  Through peer nominations, evaluations, and third-party research, exceptional attorneys are selected within each state.

Gilbert J. Andia Jr. was selected in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense; Kenneth J. Gumbiner was selected for Business Litigation; and Jonathan Wall was selected for Employment Litigation: Plaintiff.  Higgins Benjamin, PLLC is a general practice law firm located in downtown Greensboro.

Brooks Pierce Attorney Elected to the Board of the North Star LGBTQ Community Center

Brooks Pierce attorney Sarah Saint has been elected to the board of directors for the North Star LGBTQ Community Center.

The North Star LGBTQ Community Center focuses on encouraging a sense of community across diverse identities through advocacy, compassion, education and service. It is committed to providing educational, social and collaborative activities for LGBTQ youth, adults and families in the Triad.

Saint focuses her practice on representing school boards, educational institutions, teachers, administrators and students in a diverse range of education law issues. She also represents businesses in various industries as they seek to resolve disputes, litigating in state and federal court when necessary. She holds a master’s degree in school counseling and has served public school students in a variety of capacities. In 2017, she received the North Carolina State Bar Student Pro Bono Service Award as well as the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. Saint has also worked with the annual Winston-­‐Salem Pride Festival and Parade since 2016.

Robert Edmunds Certified as Superior Court Mediator by North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds Jr.

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds Jr. recently has been certified to conduct settlement conferences in Superior Court civil actions by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC). As a Superior Court mediator, Edmunds will draw on his extensive experience in the public and private sectors to assist disputing parties in reaching a mutually-satisfactory resolution of the issues that divide them.

With 16 years of experience as an elected North Carolina Supreme Court Justice and two years as an elected judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Edmunds will offer a unique perspective as a mediator. He was also appointed by the President of the United States to U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. Throughout his career, Edmunds has litigated more than 100 jury trials to verdict.

Edmunds now practices with Smith Moore Leatherwood’s Appellate Group, where he applies his extensive knowledge to serve the firm’s clients with the same dedication that he demonstrated over many years as a public servant. He is board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in state and federal criminal law and in appellate practice.

GBA & Elon Law Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Greensboro Bar Association &Elon-Law

Carolina Theatre

310 S. Greene Street / Greensboro, NC 27401

Thursday, March 29, 2018
10:00am – 2:30pm

Give the gift from the heart! Save lives by donating blood!
To schedule an appointment, visit
and key sponsor code: GBA.

Questions? Contact Diane Lowe at

Appointments are encouraged.

Walk-ins welcome. Bring a photo ID.

Mark York Named Director at Carruthers & Roth

Mark York

Mark York

Carruthers & Roth, P.A. announced that attorney Mark York has been named a director at the firm effective January 1, 2018.

Mark is a member of the Carruthers & Roth commercial litigation team and is experienced in advocating for clients in a wide range of business, shareholder, commercial, construction and employment disputes, as well as other general litigation matters.

Previously Mark served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, fourteen of those years as part of an elite special operations team conducting high-risk missions throughout the world. It was an experience that taught him how to unravel complex problems and to make smart, well-informed decisions under tough conditions.

“Mark brings those same problem-solving skills to his work at Carruthers & Roth,” said Kenneth Keller, managing director of Carruthers & Roth, P.A. “We look forward to his continued leadership on behalf of both our clients and colleagues.”

Mark graduated magna cum lade from the Elon University School of Law, where he was named the inaugural McMichael Law and Leadership Fellow. He was recently named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Martha T. Peddrick Receives 2017 Centennial Award


Martha T. Peddrick received the award presented by her law partner Davis McDonald

The 2017 Centennial Award for outstanding and exemplary community service was presented to Martha T. Peddrick at the GBA member meeting on February 15, 2018. Martha is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning with Johnson Peddrick & McDonald, PLLC. Her community service in North Carolina began with the founding of The Rape Crisis Center and Clara’s House. Her extensive work with non-profit organizations includes Board of Directors service to the Carolina Theater, Friends You Can Count On (now known as Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test), Greensboro Day School, the Women’s Professional Forum, and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, working diligently on its Tanger Performing Arts Center project. She has been active at Elon Law School where she has served as a preceptor for first year law students.  And of course, Martha has been an active board member of our own Greensboro Bar Association, serving as Treasurer from 2009 to 2012 and as a member of the Board through 2016.  Since 2015 she has chaired the Health and Wellness Committee of the Greensboro Bar Association so she has had the task of planning and implementing our annual Blood Drive. We are pleased to recognize Martha for her service to our community.

Sign Up for Ask a Lawyer Day

The Pro Bono Board at Elon University School of Law will host its annual Ask a Lawyer Day at the law school on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  GBA members are invited to join Elon Law students to serve members of the Greensboro community who are in need of free legal assistance.  Practice areas needed are family law (including domestic violence), public benefits, housing issues, foreclosure, and employment. To confirm your participation, please send an email to by March 30. Please indicate your practice area(s) and whether you would like to volunteer from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Ask A Lawyer Day