SWEET SIXTEEN.

Author:Cessner, John
Position:2019 LEGAL ELITE
 
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Depending on when you grew up, reflecting back on your high-school days might evoke memories of watching Beverly Hills 90210, playing in the marching band, or reading Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or the thrillers of Stephen King. These are just a few of the responses we received when we asked the 18th class of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite to describe their favorite activities and pastimes from when they were teens.

Since 2002, BNC has invited all active members of the N.C. State Bar to vote for peers they think are at the top of their fields.

Attorneys can't vote for themselves or for members of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame--previous top vote-getters in a particular specialty. Votes for lawyers from an outside firm are weighted more heavily than votes for colleagues at the same firm. This year, 729 lawyers were selected as Legal Elite, fewer than 3% of the state's attorneys. Hall of Fame members are listed by their firm at the time of selection unless otherwise requested.

ANTITRUST

Hal Kitchin, McGuireWoods LLP, Wilmington; Brian A. Hayles, Womble Bond Dickinson, Charlotte; George L. Little Jr., Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem; Lawrence C. Moore III, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Gregory L. "Greg" Skidmore, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Nathan Standley, Allen & Pinnix PA, Raleigh

* HALL OF FAME: Matthew W. Sawchak, Ellis & Winters LLP, Car) (2002, 2003); Rodrick J. Enns, Enns & Archer LLP, Winston-Salem (2004); Larry B. Sitton, Smith Moore LLP, Greensboro (2005); Everett]. Bowman, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte (2006); Douglas Wayne Kenyon, Hunton & Williams LLP, Raleigh (2007); Mark W. Merritt, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte (2008); Mark J. Horoschak, Womble Carlyle Sayidridge & Rice PLLC, Charlotte (2009); Jennifer K. Van Zant, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro (2010); Catharine B. Arrowood, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh (2011); Jonathan Heyl, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charlotte (2012); Noel L. Allen, Allen, Pinnix & Nichols PA, Raleigh (2013); John F. Graybeal, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh (2014); Press Millen, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, Raleigh (2015); W. Andrew "Andy" Copenhaver, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, Winston-Salem (2016); Stephen Feldman, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh (2017); Brad Evans, Ward and Smith PA (2018)

APPELLATE

Toby Hampson, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Jaye Elizabeth Bingham-Hinch, N.C. Court of Appeals, Raleigh; Christopher G. "Chris" Browning Jr., Troutman Sanders LLP, Raleigh; Charles E. Coble, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh; Allegra Collins, Raleigh; Michelle D. Connell, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; James P. "Jim" Cooney III, Womble Bond Dickinson, Charlotte; Alexander Clay Dale, Ward and Smith PA, Wilmington; Andrew H. "Drew" Erteschik, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh; Stephen Daniel Feldman, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh; Bonnie Keith Green, The Green Firm PLLC, Charlotte; K. Edward Greene, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Patrick M. Kane, Fox Rothschild LLP, Charlotte, Greensboro; Rebecca A. Knudson, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Wilmington; Bradley R. Kutrow, McGuire Woods LLP, Charlotte; Jonathan Gordon McGirt, McGirt Law, Raleigh; Preston O. Odom III, James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte; Leslie C. Rawls, Charlotte; Matthew Sawchak, N.C. Dept. of Justice/ Solicitor General, Raleigh; Elizabeth Brooks Scherer, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh; Mark Russell Sigmon, Sigmon Law PLLC, Raleigh; Amie C. Sivon, Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh; Rebecca K. Watts, Collins Family Law Group, Monroe; John R. Wester, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Erik R. Zimmerman, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Chapel Hill

* HALL OF FAME: Matthew Nis Leerberg, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Raleigh (2018)

BANKRUPTCY

Richard Sparkman, Richard D. Sparkman & Associates PA, Angier; Shelley Koon Abel, U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator, Western District of N.C., Charlotte; Brian Richard Anderson, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro; James B. Angell, Howard, Stallings, From, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA, Raleigh; David R. Badger, David R. Badger PA, Charlotte; Paul R. Baynard, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte; John Charles Bircher III, White & Allen PA, New Bern; William E. Brewer Jr., Janvier Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh; Nicholas C. Brown, Howard, Stallings, From, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA, Raleigh; Daniel C. Bruton, Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; Algernon L. Butler Jr., Butler & Butler LLP, Wilmington; Algernon L. Butler III, Butler & Butler LLP, Wilmington; Beth B. Carter, The Law Office of Beth B. Carter PLLC, Denver, Huntersville; James Oliver "Jimmy" Carter, Carter & Carter PA, Wilmington; Stacy C. Cordes, Burt & Cordes PLLC, Charlotte; John Paul H. "JP" Cournoyer, Northen Blue LLP, Chapel Hill; Brian D. Darer, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh; Damon Terry Duncan, Duncan Law LLP, Greensboro, Winston-Salem; Erich Matthew Fabricius, Fabricius & Fabricius PLLC, Knightdale; Paul A. Fanning, Ward and Smith PA, Greenville; Brian C. Fork, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh; Joseph Z. Frost, Stubbs & Perdue PA, Raleigh; Adam Mark Gottsegen, Nicholls & Crampton PA, Raleigh; Joseph W. Grier III, Grier Furr & Crisp PA, Charlotte; James H. Henderson, The Henderson Law Firm PLLC, Charlotte; Jason L. Hendren, Hendren, Redwine & Malone PLLC, Raleigh; Andrew T. Houston, Moon Wright and Houston PLLC, Charlotte; William H. "Bill" Kroll, Stubbs & Perdue PA, Raleigh; Julia A. May, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte; John R. "Jack" Miller Jr., Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte; Steven Craig Newton II, Nicholls & Crampton PA, Raleigh; Jeffrey E. Oleynik, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro; George Mason Oliver, Oliver & Cheek PLLC, New Bern; Walter W. Pitt Jr., Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; Rebecca Finch Redwine, Hendren, Redwine & Malone PLLC, Raleigh; Ashley S. Rusher, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros PA, Winston-Salem; George F. Sanderson III, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh; Philip Sasser, Sasser Law Firm, Cary; Travis Sasser, Sasser Law Firm, Cary; Dirk W. Siegmund, Ivey, McClellan, Gatton & Siegmund LLP, Greensboro; Kevin L. Sink, Nicholls & Crampton PA, Raleigh; Zachary H. Smith, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Glenn Clark Thompson, Hamilton Stephens Steele &. Martin PLLC, Charlotte; Scott P. Vaughn, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; Thomas W. "Tom" Waldrep Jr., Waldrep LLP, Winston-Salem; Margaret R. Westbrook, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh

* HALL OF FAME: J. Michael Booe, Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP, Charlotte (2002, 2003); Gregory B. Crampton, Nicholls & Crampton PA, Raleigh (2004); Richard M. Hutson II, Hutson Hughes & Powell PA, Durham (2005); C. Richard Raybum Jr., Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte (2006); Terri L. Gardner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Raleigh (2007); John A. Northen, Northen Blue LLP, Chapel Hill (2008); Holmes P. Harden, Williams Mullen, Raleigh (2009); Christine Myatt, Nexsen Pruet PLLC, Greensboro (2010); Gerald A. "Jeb" Jeutter Jr., Gerald A. "Jeb" Jeutter Jr. Attorney at Law PA, Raleigh (2011); Kenneth M. Greene, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro (2012); Trawick H. "Buzzy" Stubbs Jr., Stubbs & Perdue PA, New Bern (2013); Benjamin A. Kalin, Nexsen Pruet PLLC, Greensboro (2014); James S. "Charlie" Livermon III, Poyner Spruill LLP, Rocky Mount (2015); Richard S. Wright, Moon Wright and Houston PLLC, Charlotte (2016); Heather W. Culp, Essex Richards PA, Charlotte (2017); William P. Janvier, Janvier Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh (2018)

BUSINESS

M. Keith Kapp, Williams Mullen, Raleigh; Justin Agans, Spengler & Agans PLLC, Charlotte; W. Sidney Aldridge, Nicholls &. Crampton PA, Raleigh; Alexander R. "Alex" Atchison, Young Moore and Henderson PA, Raleigh; Beth Ferebee Atkins, Howard, Stallings, From, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA, New Bern; William P. Bray, Bray & Long PLLC, Charlotte; Curtis C. "Curt" Brewer IV, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell &. Jernigan LLP, Raleigh; Patrick S. "Pat" Bryant, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Michael A. Burger, NC Planning/ Adams, Howell, Sizemore & Lenfestey PA, Raleigh; Stephen T. "Steve" Byrd, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Glen E. Caplan, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Chapel Hill; Kenneth G. "Ken" Carroll, Morningstar Law Group, Raleigh; Philip S. "Phil" Chubb, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick LLP, Charlotte; Galen G. Craun III, Bell, Davis &. Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; John M. Cross Jr., Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro; Anne E. Croteau, McGuire Woods LLP, Raleigh; Fred B. Davenport Jr., Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington; Benjamin E. Dean, Culp Elliott & Carpenter PLLC, Charlotte; G. Stephen Diab, Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington; J. Scott Dillon, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro; Anderson T. Ellis, The Van Winkle Law Firm, Hendersonville; James R. Faucher, Brown, Faucher, Peraldo & Benson PLLC, Greensboro; John N. Fleming, McGuire, Wood & Bissette PA, Asheville; Kerry A. Friedman, Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore PA, Asheville; Ross Fulton, Rayburn Cooper & Durham PA, Charlotte; Robert E. "Rob" Futrell Jr., Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Gregory H. Gach, Nolen PLLC, Charlotte; Arey W. Grady III, Sumrell, Sugg, Carmichael, Hicks &. Hart PA, New Bern; William B. "Bill" Gwyn Jr., Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Lee C. Hodge, Ward and Smith PA, New Bern; Clifton W. "Cliff" Homesley, Homesley & Wingo Law Group PLLC, Mooresville; Gene Jones, Morningstar Law Group, Raleigh; Jesse Jones, Fourscore Business Law, Raleigh; Robert D. "Rob" Kidwell, Fox Rothschild LLP, Charlotte, Greensboro; Stephen F. Later, Robbins May & Rich LLP, Pinehurst; David K. Liggett, Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh; Harrison A. Lord, Lord Law Firm PLLC, Charlotte; John D. Love, Forrest Firm PC, Raleigh; Matthew T...

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