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Doris R. Bray and Barbara R. Christy named Lawyers of the Year in 2015 Best Lawyers in America©

Barbara Christy has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Real Estate Law. She has been named to the Best Lawyers  listing since 2005 in the area of Real Estate Law.

Doris Bray has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Corporate Law. She has been named to the Best Lawyers listing since 1989 in the areas of Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high rating in The Best Lawyers’ survey by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

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Eleven Schell Bray members named to the 2015 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

Amy H. Kincaid for Trusts and Estates

J. Craig Kiser for Real Estate Law

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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Barbara R. Christy Named 2014 Leaders in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly will recognize Barbara R. Christy, a partner with Schell Bray, as a recipient of the 2014 Leaders in the Law. The award presentation will take place at the fourth annual Leaders in the Law awards event on Friday, September 19th in Raleigh.

Lawyers Weekly established the Leaders in the Law to honor legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession and their community. The honorees represent the most influential individuals within our state’s legal community.

Barbara Christy’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law – Business, Commercial and Industrial Transactions by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Christy received her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

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Schell Bray’s Amy Kincaid Named NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Vice Chair

Attorney Amy H. Kincaid has been appointed Vice Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section for 2014-2015. She served as the Section’s Treasurer for 2013-2014.

The Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section has more than 1,200 members, sponsors CLE programs and services and provides members with a substantive newsletter. Ms. Kincaid regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of income tax, estate planning, estate administration, and charitable giving issues. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

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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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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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Schell Bray’s tax-exempt organizations practice has the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to help our charitable and nonprofit clients innovate and achieve their missions while keeping compliant with applicable laws. Our attorneys provide high level, 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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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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Thomas P. Hockman
Thomas P. Hockman

Thomas Hockman’s transactional practice is focused primarily in commercial real estate. He assists and advises clients on acquisitions and dispositions of a variety of property types, including multi-family, senior living, shopping center, office, low-income and affordable housing projects, and undeveloped…» more

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