Checking In: March 19, 2024

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Allman Spry Welcomes of Counsel Attorney

James, a white man with brown hair, wears a pale blue shirt, red tie and grey jacket.

James G. Downey III has joined the firm as of Counsel. Downey will work with the firm’s family law and civil litigation sections. Downey brings more than ten years of experience as an attorney to this role. He has focused on family law for more than half of his career. He holds a J.D. from Appalachian School of Law, where he was captain of the Trial Advocacy Team. He earned a B.A. in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Florida and Michigan.

Baker Donelson Opens Charlotte Office and Adds New Shareholders

Baker Donelson has launched an office in Charlotte and has added eight new shareholders, seven of whom are NCBA members: John E. Branch III, Thomas G. Hooper, Paul J. Osowski, Evan M. Sauda, William M. Starr, Fred M. Wood Jr., and Noelle E. Wooten. Fred M. Wood Jr. will serve as the office’s managing shareholder. Hooper, Osowski, Sauda, Starr, and Wooten will also practice in the Charlotte office; Branch will be based in the Raleigh location.

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Fred M. Wood Jr. has practiced for more than 30 years. He represents companies in matters involving unfair business practices and methods of competition, the North Carolina Trade Secrets Protection Act, business torts, and class actions. Wood also practices financial services litigation. He holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John is a white man with brown hair. He wears a white shirt, pale blue tie and navy suit.

John E. Branch III focuses his practice on complex business, employment, and constitutional law. He advises clients on business matters and disputes involving contracts, shareholder and LLC member issues, fraud, unfair competition, defamation, and other business-related claims. He provides counsel to and advocates for clients in constitutional and political law issues and in educational matters. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he earned a J.D., and from UNC, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history.

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Thomas G. Hooper focuses on complex business and commercial litigation and consumer and commercial financial services litigation. He has experience representing clients in state and federal trials, as well as in appellate courts and arbitration. His clients have included financial institutions, lenders and insurance companies. He holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and a B.A. from Davidson College. Read more

Checking In: February 27, 2024

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Brooks Pierce Announces Raleigh Office Expansion

Brooks Pierce has expanded its Raleigh office with the addition of 5,915 square feet of space on the eighteenth floor of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center at 150 Fayetteville, bringing the law firm’s total Raleigh footprint to 43,047 square feet. The expanded office space is connected to the existing space with a newly designed internal staircase. As part of the expansion, the law firm added important works to its distinguished collection of North Carolina art, including works by Gayle Stott Lowry, Joe Cox, Henry Pearson, and Keiko Genka, as well as a commissioned work by Raleigh-based artist Mia Yoon.

Capua Law Adds Attorneys

Natalia, a white woman with brown hair, wears a a black blouse with coral flowers and bright blue earrings.Natalia Lynn Talbot has joined Capua Law Firm, and she is based in the Asheville office. She brings more than ten years of experience as an attorney to this role. She has practiced criminal prosecution, bankruptcy litigation, commercial litigation, and federal appellate litigation. She graduated from Boston College Law School. After earning her J.D., she became an assistant district attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as a federal law clerk under W. Carleton Metcalf, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Western District of North Carolina. Talbot serves on the board of directors for BarCARES and was an NC Pro Bono Honor Society inductee (2022).

Sam, a white man with light brown hair and a beard, wears a white shirt, dark grey suit and a medium grey tie.Sam Maier has also joined the firm. He is experienced in litigation strategy development and trial preparation. Before joining the firm, he practiced in Wilmington. He also has experience as an attorney with the International Maritime Group in Seattle, Wash. He received his J.D., cum laude, from George Washington Law School, where he graduated with honors and was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. He holds a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. He majored in political science and philosophy with a minor in European studies. Read more

Checking In: January 23, 2024

Advocate Health Adds Associate General Counsel Attorney

Michael, a white man with brown hair, wears a blue and white checkered shirt and a grey suit.Michael Berwanger has joined Advocate Health as associate general counsel. Berwanger has experience in value-based care, managed care, privacy and data security and other health care regulatory matters. He previously held the role of vice president of compliance and legal affairs at CHESS Health Solutions since June 2019, where he served as corporate secretary. Prior to this role, Berwanger was director of quality management and compliance at MedCost LLC. Berwanger serves as the Communications Chair of the NCBA Health Law Section. He holds a J.D. from the New England School of Law and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association in Health Care Privacy.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Elevates Medlin to  Counsel

Lyndsay, a white woman with auburn hair, wears a green blouse and black jacket.Lyndsay Medlin was promoted to counsel. Medlin has practiced with the firm for eight years. She helps clients in the areas of litigation, investigation and compliance needs, and she also offers counsel to clients in matters of privacy and cybersecurity. In 2017, she was inducted into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society. Medlin serves as a volunteer with the Humane Society of Charlotte. She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the articles development editor for Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. She holds a B.A., cum laude, from Duke University.

Cranfill Sumner LLP Names New Partners

Ryan, a white man with brown hair, wears a white and blue checkered shirt, a blue tie, and a navy jacket.Ryan Bostic, who practices in the firm’s Wilmington office, has been named a partner with the firm. Bostic is a litigation attorney focusing on high exposure personal injury matters, which include wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and sexual abuse cases. Bostic defends licensed professionals against claims of professional negligence and malpractice. He has served as outside council on behalf of local governments, and he also practices community association law. He received his J.D. from Appalachian School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University. Read more