Checking In: November 21, 2023

Compiled by Jessica Junqueira

New Partner Joins Phelps

Jonathan, a white man with grey hair, wears a white shirt, blue tie, and grey suit. Jonathan Hall is now a partner with the firm. Hall will lead litigation teams to help companies resolve high-profile, complex commercial litigation. He has supervised more than 100 bench and jury trials in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and across the U.S. He focuses his practice on complex commercial matters and products liability cases. From 2018-19, he served as the chair of the Trial Techniques & Technology Specialized Litigation Group with the Defense Research Institute – Products Liability Section. Since 2017, he has served on the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Trustees. He has significant experience leading trial teams in high-exposure cases. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Poyner Spruill LLP Announces New Attorney

Michele, a white woman with light brown hair, wears a white shirt and pale grey blazer.Michele Livingstone has joined the firm. Her practice is focused on civil and commercial litigation matters. She represents businesses and professionals in state and federal courts, and she has represented governmental entities in litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. She is the recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s 2022 Charles F. Blanchard Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Livingstone serves with the NCBA Young Lawyers Division as the 2023-24 Administrative Division Director. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Santa Clara University.

Smith Anderson Welcomes New Attorney

Gerald, a man with dark brown hair, wears a white shirt, pale blue tie, and dark grey suit.Gerald Koinis has joined the regulatory and public policy practice group. He focuses his practice on municipal law, land use and real estate, health care and corporate law. He assists health care providers, businesses, governmental entities and non-profits on issues related to corporate governance, health care regulations, human resources, and more. He also advises clients in the sales and acquisitions of businesses. He holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.