That's a question we posed to those who received the most votes in 14 business-related specialties in this, the 10th annual, class of BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA'S Legal Elite. Their responses, as well as other information about them, can be found on the pages that follow. (One, William J. Mason, the winner in intellectual property, begged off, saying he didn't feel worthy.) As in the past, many were called--postcards went to 20,373 active members of the N.C. State Bar, directing them to ballots on BusinessNC.com--but few were chosen: 598, to be exact, fewer than 3% of practicing lawyers. Voters, asked who is the best in each field, couldn't select themselves and could only pick members of their firms if they also chose someone outside the firm in the same category. And more weight was given to outside votes.
Catharine B. Arrowood Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh; Daniel G. Clodfelter, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Alan W. Duncan. Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro; Jason D. Evans, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; Richard B. Fennell. James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte; James L. Gale, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Raleigh; John Graybeal, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh; Denise Gunter. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Winston-Salem; Jonathon Heyl, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charlotte; Henry L. Kitchin Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Wilmington; George L. Little Jr., Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem; William C. Mayberry, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; Larry S. McDevitt, Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis PA, Asheville; Michael T. Medford, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Pressly Millen, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Raleigh; Lawrence Moore III, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; John M. Murchison Jr., K&L Gates LLP, Charlotte; Rebecca M. Rich, Duke University School of Law, Durham; George Sanderson III, Ellis & Winters LLP, Gary; Robert W. Spearman, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh.
CATHARINE BIGGS ARROWOOD
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh
I'd choose San Antonio. I have spent a great deal of time there. It is a wonderfully diverse and friendly place. And I have a family connection to San Antonio: Micajah Autry is an ancestor from the Sampson County area who died at the Alamo.
Vita: Born Nov. 27, 1951, in Lumberton; bachelor's and law degrees from Wake Forest University; one child. Why she chose this field: When I got out of law school in 1976, the only place that would hire me was the antitrust division of the N.C. Attorney General's Office. What she'd be if not a lawyer: An opera singer. But I would have to have a vocal-cord transplant. When I was about 7, our Baptist choir director said I could remain in the choir so long as I stood there and moved my mouth with no sound coming out. Memorable case: A trial in federal court in Asheville regarding the loss of the cremated remains of a Florida man. We represented the man's son against the Asheville funeral home that had been engaged to cremate and ship the remains to Florida for interment. The court allowed a Baptist minister to testify as an expert on grief. We recovered not only compensatory damages but punitive damages--much to the surprise of our experienced local counsel, who had assured us that we would recover not a penny. Passions: Opera, symphony, travel. Recent reading: Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw. Don't ask her to: Put up with mean people.
Gerald A. "Jeb" Jeutter Jr., Jeutter Law Offices, Raleigh; Lou M. Agosto, Wells Fargo & Co., Charlotte; David R. Badger. Charlotte; Paul Baynard, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte; Stephen L. Beaman, Stephen L. Beaman PLLC, Wilson; Laura T. Beyer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Charlotte; William E. Brewer, The Brewer Law Firm, Raleigh; John T. Burns, John T. Burns Law Firm, Monroe; Algernon L. Butler Jr., Butler & Butler LLP, Wilmington; Joseph Newton Callaway, Battle, Winslow, Scott & Wiley PA, Rocky Mount; Heather W. Culp, Mitchell & Culp PLLC, Charlotte; Brian D. Darer, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh; Albert F. Durham, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte; David L. Eades, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Paul A. Fanning. Ward & Smith PA, Greenville; Michael P. Flanagan, Ward & Smith PA, Greenville; Deborah L. Fletcher, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Charlotte; David G. Gray, Westall, Gray, Connolly & Davis PA, Asheville; Kenneth M. Greene, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro; Joseph W. Grier III, Grier Furr & Crisp PA, Charlotte; James H. Henderson, James H. Henderson PC, Charlotte; A. Lee Hogewood III, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh; Charles Ivey III, Ivey, McClellan, Gatton & Talcott LLP, Greensboro; William P. Janvier, Janvier Law-Firm PLLC, Raleigh; R. Keith Johnson, R. Keith Johnson PA, Stanley; Benjamin Kahn, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro; Bradford Leggett, Allman Spry Leggett & Crumpler PA, Winston-Salem; Richard M. Mitchell, Mitchell & Culp PLLC, Charlotte; Travis W. Moon, Hamilton Moon Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte; Jeffrey E. Oleynik, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro; George Mason Oliver, Oliver & Friesen PLLC, New Bern; Bradley E. Pearce, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Charlotte; Walter W. Pitt Jr., Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; J. Wiliam Porter, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte; George Sanderson III, Ellis & Winters LLP, Cary; Travis P. Sasser, Sasser Law Firm, Cary; David Schilli, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Wes Schollander, Schollander Law Offices, Winston-Salem; A. Burton Shuford, The Bain Group PLLC, Charlotte; Dirk W. Siegmund, Ivey, McClellan, Gatton & Talcott LLP, Greensboro; Kevin L. Sink, Nicholls & Crampton PA, Raleigh; John H. Small, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro; William C. Smith Jr., Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Richard D. Spark-man, Richard D. Sparkman & Associates PA, Angier; Trawick H. Stubbs, Stubbs & Perdue PA, New Bern; Lisa P. Sumner, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh; Gene B. Tarr, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros PA, Winston-Salem; Glenn C Thompson, Hamilton Moon Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte; Judy D. Thompson, JD Thompson Law, Charlotte; David M. Warren, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh; A. Cotten Wright, Grier Furr & Crisp PA, Charlotte; Richard S. Wright, Hamilton Moon Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte; N. Hunter Wyche Jr., Wilson & Ratledge PLLC, Raleigh.
GERALD A. "JEB" JEUTTER JR.
Gerald A. "Jeb" Jeutter Jr., Attorney at Law PA, Raleigh
I feel the pull to live and practice in Haiti. I was fortunate to be there before and after the earthquake. I'm not under any mistaken belief that I could show the Haitian people how to do it "better," because in many ways, they understand life and faith better than I do.
However, I would like to be available to assist them in any way that I can. I have seen the glint in U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Rich Leonard's eye as he speaks of his visits to Namibia to help stabilize its court system. Perhaps I could have that same stabilizing effect in Haiti.
Vita: Born May 18, 1961, in Richmond, Va.; bachelor's from College of William & Mary, law degree from Mississippi College, master's in law from Georgetown University; wife and three children. Why he chose this field: I took my master's in securities regulation and moved to Dallas in the late '80s. That was a time when deals weren't being built but were being deconstructed. It was a natural shift, and I have enjoyed almost every minute. What he'd be if not a lawyer: I would enjoy pastoral ministry or working for a nonprofit. Memorable case: Midway Airlines. Recent reading: Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elgin. Don't ask him to: Eat a Brussels sprout or compromise in what I believe.
Stephen M. Lynch, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; David D. Beatty, Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec PA, Raleigh; Daniel L. Brawley, Williams Mullen, Wilmington; Patrick S. Bryant, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Christopher B. Capel, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP Raleigh; Bruce H. Connors, Connors Morgan Sinozich PLLC, Greensboro; Galen G. Craun III, Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; Walter Daniels III, Daniels Law Firm PC, Asheville; Fred B. Davenport Jr., Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington; Ernest S. DeLaney III, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; G. Stephen Diab, Murchison Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington; Gregory H. Gach, Gach & Nolen PLLC, Charlotte; William B. Gwyn Jr., Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Grayson S. Hale, K&L, Gates LLP, Raleigh; William D. Harazin, William D. Harazin PLLC, Raleigh; Steven A. Hockfield, Erdman Hockfield & Leone LLP, Charlotte; Stephen D. Hope, Moore & Van. Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Cyrus M. Johnson Jr., Womble Carlyle Sand ridge & Rice PLLC, Charlotte; Gene A. Jones Jr., Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC, Raleigh; G. William Joyner III, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem; Robert D. Kidwell, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro; Ashe Lockhart, Lockhart PLLC, Charlotte; Harrison L. Marshall Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; William G. McNairy, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh; Stephen H. Morris, Essex Richards PA, Charlotte; Edward O'Keefe, Bank of America Corp., Charlotte; William G. Pappas, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh; William S. Patterson, Hunton & Williams LLP, Raleigh; Vaughn Ramsey, Tuggle Duggins & Meschan PA, Greensboro; Amiel J. Rossabi, Forman Rossabi Black PA, Greensboro; Desmond G. Sheridan, Isaacson Isaacson Sheridan & Fountain LLP, Greensboro; J. Troy Smith Jr., Ward & Smith PA, New Bern; Craig A. Taylor, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro; Reich Welborn, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Morrisville; David B. Whelpley Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; Robert B. Womble, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh; Todd I. Woods, Lowe's Cos., Mooresville.
STEPHEN M. LYNCH