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.

Checking In: October 24, 2023

New Attorney Joins The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin 

Hannah, a white woman with dark brown hair, wears a white blouse, black jacket, and round maroon glasses.

Hannah Lee Hubbard will practice with the litigation team. She has previous experience serving as a judicial law clerk to former Senior Associate Justice Michael R. Morgan of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. She holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as president and defense team lead of the Street Justice Coalition and article editor and content editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. While in law school, she also served as the president of the Consumer Protection Law Students Association and the community partnerships co-chair of Lambda. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she received a B.A. in economics.

Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC Announces New Associate

Josh, a white man with a shaved head and a brown beard, wears a white button-down shirt. Josh Plummer has joined the firm’s Corporate Law Team. Plummer, who was a 2022 summer associate at the firm, is a 2023 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as both a teaching assistant and research assistant. He also was a participant in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Before attending law school, Plummer served in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a major in 2019. During his service, he was an intelligence, infantry and reconnaissance officer. He led two academic faculties and served as a liaison with U.S. embassy officials.

Checking In: September 19, 2023

Compiled by Jessica Junqueira

Edwards Beightol Adds New Attorneys

Lama Sinno has joined the firm as of counsel. She has practiced law for 22 years. She has experience representing clients in workers’ compensation, social security, and employment claims; parents in abuse, neglect, and dependency claims filed by the Department of Social Services; juveniles in delinquency claims; and clients who have been charged with committing crimes. She has served as a Guardian ad Litem, and she has volunteered with the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield, My Kids Club, and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee. She is a graduate of Campbell Law School (2001) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Jennifer L. Crawford, a trial lawyer, is now an attorney with the firm. Crawford is a member of the firm’s team handling Camp Lejeune Justice Act Cases. She received a B.A. from Muskingum University, where she earned highest honors. Crawford graduated from Campbell Law School in 2001. While in law school, she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Team and received The Barrister’s Award. After graduating from law school, she practiced with a criminal defense firm. Then, she joined the Wake County District Attorney’s office on the prosecutorial side. She served on the Governor’s Task Force for Domestic Violence, and in 2007, she moved to the Wake County Magistrate’s Office. She volunteers at a local nursing home and at the With Love from Jesus food pantry.

Hannah, Sheridan, & Cochran Welcomes New Attorney

Carter, a white man with brown hair, wears a white shirt, grey tie, and black suit.

Carter Cole has joined the firm. Cole, a native of Cary, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University. He is especially interested in wills, estates, wealth management, and trusts. He is a 2021 graduate of Campbell School of Law, where he served as a class representative for Campbell’s Student Bar Association and participated in the  Advocacy Program. He was recognized as the recipient of the Book Award in his estate planning class. Cole also earned a Master of Trust and Wealth Management degree, summa cum laude, from Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business (2021).

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