News & Notes
Current events and annoucements within our firm are posted to this section and updated periodically. We encourage you to revisit this page at your convenience for the latest updates.
We are proud to announce that Jonathan L. Jenkins, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, was recently selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015 list in the area of Business/Corporate Law. Mr. Jenkins focuses his practice on startups, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and general corporate matters.
Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers who are under 40 years of age or have been practicing less than ten years. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
We are pleased to announce that five of our members were recently selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015. Schell Bray’s North Carolina Super Lawyers and the area for which each is recognized are:
Michael R. Abel – Business/Corporate Law
Holly H. Alderman – Real Estate Law
Michael H. Godwin – Estate Planning and Probate
Jennifer L.J. Koenig – Estate Planning and Probate
Paul H. Livingston, Jr. – Estate Planning and Probate Law
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke at the University of Texas School of Law’s 32nd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, held in Austin, Texas. Nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law firms, finance and government discussed the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. Mr. Chaney presented “UBIT 101” and co-presented “Executive Compensation, Related Party Transactions and Intermediate Sanctions.”
Ed Chaney focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on a broad range of tax and corporate matters, including organization formation, structure, and governance, obtaining tax exemption, ongoing tax and regulatory compliance, unrelated business income taxation, charitable giving, investment management of charitable assets, lobbying compliance and disclosure, and complex organizational structures and transactions. He received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Jonathan L. Jenkins, a member of Schell Bray’s Business Practice Group, spoke on January 9, 2015 at the Guilford Technical Community College “2015 Small Business Summit”. Jonathan’s topic was “Legal Structures for Startups: Choosing Your Business Entity”.
Jonathan focuses his practice on startups, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital matters. He practices in both the firm’s Chapel Hill and Greensboro offices. Mr. Jenkins received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Garland Graham, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, is currently working with a team of second-year law students enrolled in Elon University School of Law’s Public Law and Leadership course. Ms. Graham is serving as organizational liaison on behalf of Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization that she founded in 2006. The law students are examining existing animal protection laws and ordinances across North Carolina and comparing them to the laws and ordinances of other states and municipalities. The students will make presentations to Red Dog Farm and Guilford County Animal Control representatives, summarizing current state and local animal protection laws and ordinances and recommending others that are in effect in other jurisdictions.
Garland Graham’s practice focuses on all stages of the life of a business entity, whether it be a limited liability company, limited partnership, corporation or nonprofit corporation. Ms. Graham received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Florida.
Holly H. Alderman, a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, has long been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as a member of its Legal Elite in the area of real estate law. This year, in the annual polling of North Carolina attorneys conducted by the magazine to determine those attorneys considered by their peers to be among the best practitioners in their respective fields, Ms. Alderman received the highest number of votes cast in the real estate category. Based on this recognition, Ms. Alderman has been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as a member of its Legal Elite Hall of Fame, a listing of distinguished North Carolina attorneys who have been top vote-getters in the magazine’s annual Legal Elite balloting by field of practice. We are very pleased and honored to congratulate Holly Alderman on her receipt of this prestigious recognition.
We are proud to announce that eight Schell Bray attorneys have been named by Business North Carolina magazine as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2015. The magazine’s Legal Elite listing, which is compiled annually based upon a poll of North Carolina attorneys, recognizes the attorneys considered by their peers to be among the best practitioners in their respective fields. The following Schell Bray attorneys have been named as 2015 Legal Elite members: Michael R. Abel for Business and Tax/Estate Planning; Holly H. Alderman for Real Estate; Doris R. Bray, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Business Law; Barbara R. Christy for Real Estate; Michael H. Godwin, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; Jennifer L.J. Koenig for Tax/Estate Planning; Paul H. Livingston, Jr. for Tax/Estate Planning; and Thomas C. Watkins for Business Law.
Stacey A. Brady, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, spoke on October 30, 2014 at the NC Bar Association’s live and webcast CLE program “2014 Basics of Business Law”. Ms. Brady’s presentation addressed North Carolina’s new Limited Liability Company Act and related legal issues.
Stacey Brady practices in the area of general corporate law with a focus on pass-through entities and their taxation. Ms. Brady received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Host Lea Strickland of WCOM 103.5 FM’s Focus on Business talks with Ed Chaney of Schell Bray PLLC about the role of philanthropy, how it is integral to our democracy and the economy, and important issues for donors and nonprofit organizations alike.
Dori J. Wiggen, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke on October 24, 2014 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education event titled “Promoting Healthy Aging with Older Adults”. Ms. Wiggen’s topic was “Legal Issues Surrounding End-of-Life Care and Aging".
Dori Wiggen's practice concentrates on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. She received her B.A. degree from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she teaches in the area of elder law.
- Jonathan L. Jenkins Named North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star
- Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015
- Edward T. Chaney speaks at 32nd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute
- Jonathan L. Jenkins speaks at GTCC 2015 Small Business Summit
- Garland G. Graham working with Elon University School of Law students
- Holly Alderman named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame
- Eight Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized as Members of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”
- Stacey A. Brady speaks on New Limited Liability Company Act at NC Bar Association Program
- Schell Bray Attorney Ed Chaney interviewed on WCOM 103.5 FM’s Focus on Business
- Dori J. Wiggen speaks at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing