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Barbara R. Christy Named Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the Area of Real Estate Law

Schell Bray member Barbara Christy has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Real Estate Law for the second time. She has been named to the Best Lawyers® listing since 2005 in the area of Real Estate Law. Barbara Christy’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Christy assists clients in all aspects of the acquisition and disposition of commercial real property, including preparation of contracts, due diligence, review and negotiation of loan documents, examination of title, 1031 exchange issues and closing. She received her B.S. degree from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Best Lawyers names a single lawyer in each specialty in each community as "Lawyer of the Year”. Those honored have received particularly outstanding ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

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Eleven Schell Bray Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®

We are pleased that Schell Bray has had members of the firm listed in Best Lawyers for more than twenty five years. Our listed attorneys this year are:

Michael R. Abel for Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law

Holly H. Alderman for Real Estate Law

Doris R. Bray for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation

Barbara R. Christy for Real Estate Law

Michael H. Godwin for Trusts and Estates

Garland G. Graham for Corporate Law

Jonathan L. Jenkins for Corporate Law

Amy H. Kincaid for Trusts and Estates

Jennifer L.J. Koenig for Trusts and Estates

Paul H. Livingston, Jr. for Trusts and Estates

Thomas C. Watkins for Banking and Finance Law, and Corporate Law

Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

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Schell Bray Partner Garland Graham Receives the Community Foundation’s Game Changer Award

Garland Graham was presented with the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s “Game Changer” award on Sunday, June 25th at the Grasshopper’s Stadium. The award recognizes those who are making significant contributions through community leadership.

Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, founded by Garland Graham in 2006 and which she continues to serve today as its President, is a North Carolina nonprofit animal rescue network that is dedicated to the rehabilitation, fostering and adoption of unwanted animals of all sizes, including farm animals. Red Dog Farm has helped 2,361 local animals to date and will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a Barnyard Bash on August 20, 2016. 

Garland Graham, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, focuses her practice on lending and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate work. She is proud of her success in finding a balance between her busy law practice and her role as founder and President of a thriving charitable endeavor.

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Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at End-Of-Life Planning Series

Dori J. Wiggen, a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke in Durham on June 5, 2016 at the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill’s End of Life Planning Series. Ms. Wiggen’s topic was “Legal, Financial and Long Term Care Planning.”

Dori Wiggen’s practice concentrates on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. She counsels clients on issues including special needs planning, guardianships, Medicaid, Veterans benefits, wills, trusts, estate administration, probate, powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney and living wills.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she teaches in the area of elder law. She currently serves as the Chair for the Elder and Special Needs Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and as Vice Presidentof the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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What We Practice
Business Real Estate Trusts and Estates

Our business lawyers serve as regular outside counsel to public and privately held businesses with diverse interests in local, national  and international markets.  » more

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At Schell Bray, our Elder Law and Special Needs Law practice encompasses many different fields of law providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our attorneys assist clients and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting quality of life for the client. Schell Bray takes a holistic approach to planning to ensure that each client’s plan addresses the legal, medical, financial, and social needs of the client.
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At Schell Bray, our Elder Law and Special Needs Law practice encompasses many different fields of law providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our attorneys assist clients and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting quality of life for the client. Schell Bray takes a holistic approach to planning to ensure that each client’s plan addresses the legal, medical, financial, and social needs of the client.
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Schell Bray’s philanthropy and tax-exempt organizations practice has the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to help our charitable and other nonprofit clients innovate and achieve their missions while keeping compliant with applicable laws. Our attorneys provide high level and practical legal counsel that comes from decades of experience in - and a deep commitment to - the nonprofit sector and its component organizations. » more

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The lawyers in our Commercial Real Estate practice group have a broad range of experience and expertise. We offer sophisticated legal services often associated with large law firms combined with small-firm efficiencies, which we believe provide our clients with the best of both worlds. » more

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At Schell Bray, our Trusts and Estates practice group is involved in all aspects of estate and trust planning and administration, from preparing basic estate planning documents to planning and implementing the most cutting-edge planning techniques to transfer wealth and preserve assets. We provide a full range of estate and trust planning and administration services. We advise beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on their rights and duties, and we form and advise tax-exempt entities. » more

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Michael H. Godwin
Michael H. Godwin

Mike Godwin’s practice concentrates on assisting clients and their families in passing wealth to their chosen beneficiaries in the most tax-efficient manner and advising closely held businesses and their owners regarding business succession planning. This work involves designing and drafting…» more

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