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Jonathan L. Jenkins Named North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star

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 2016 list in the area of Business/Corporate Law. Mr. Jenkins focuses his practice on startups, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and general business 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.

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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at 33rd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke at the University of Texas School of Law’s 33rd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, held in Austin, Texas. Nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance and government discussed the essential characteristics, requirements, benefits and restrictions of being a tax-exempt organization. Mr. Chaney presented “Private Foundation Relationships with Businesses and Family Offices.”

Ed Chaney focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on key tax and corporate matters, including organization formation and governance, 501(c)(3) tax exemption and ongoing compliance, charitable giving, program-related and impact investing, and complex organizational structures, transactions, and transitions. He received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2016

We are pleased to announce that five of our members were recently selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers 2016. 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 Law      

Jennifer L.J. Koenig – Estate Planning and Probate Law     

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.

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Kristin King Joins Schell Bray’s Tax Practice

We are pleased to announce that Kristin King has joined Schell Bray and will concentrate her practice in the area of tax law. Prior to joining Schell Bray Ms. King practiced for 15 years at a boutique law firm in New York where she focused on tax and business matters. Ms. King will concentrate on a broad range of tax issues relating to entities, individuals and business and investment transactions. Ms. King received her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the Washington University School of Law. Her undergraduate degree is from Clemson University. She is currently licensed to practice law only in New York and will be seeking her North Carolina license under the applicable reciprocity rules.

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Jonathan L. Jenkins Named Partner at Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Jonathan L. Jenkins became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2016. Jonathan’s practice is focused in startups, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and general business matters. He works with clients in 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.

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Nine Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized as Members of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”

We are proud to announce that nine Schell Bray attorneys have been named by Business North Carolina magazine as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2016. 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 2016 Legal Elite members: Holly H. Alderman, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Real Estate; Doris R. Bray, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Business Law; Stacey A. Brady for Tax/Estate Planning; Michael H. Godwin, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; James B. Haynes for Real Estate; Thomas P. Hockman for Real Estate; Amy H. Kincaid for Tax/Estate Planning; Jennifer L.J. Koenig for Tax/Estate Planning; Paul H. Livingston, Jr. for Tax/Estate Planning.

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Edward T. Chaney Co-Authors Article for the Taxation of Exempts Journal

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, co-authors article titled “Getting Public Charity Status Right Before It Goes Wrong” with Kimberly Eney. The article appears in Taxation of Exempts, Volume 27/Issue 2 Copyright © 2015 Thomson/RIA.

Ed Chaney focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on key tax and corporate matters, including organization formation and governance, 501(c)(3) tax exemption and ongoing compliance, charitable giving, program-related and impact investing, and complex organizational structures, transactions, and transitions. He received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Galina P. Petrova Authors Article in the NCBA Tax Section’s Tax Assessments

Galina P. Petrova, a member of the Business Practice Group, authors an article titled “State Corporate Income Tax: A Stance on the Sales Factor.” The article appears in Tax Assessments, a publication of the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Galina Petrova focuses her practice on advising businesses and investors on transactional taxation matters, entity formation, reorganizations, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. She also assists clients with corporate law matters, including governance and compliance, and with advising tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Petrova received her J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she also obtained an LL.M. degree in Taxation. She holds an LL.M. degree in Global Economic Law from The Sorbonne in Paris.

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Schell Bray Listed in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2016 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Schell Bray has received a “Tier 1” ranking in seven practice areas in the Greensboro metropolitan market by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® in its 2016 rankings in “Best Law Firms,” the sixth edition of the national survey.

Schell Bray received a Greensboro “Tier 1” ranking, which is the highest “Best Law Firms” ranking, for its practice in the following areas: 

Corporate Law

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Tax Law

Trusts & Estates Law

The U.S. NewsBest Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms.

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Schell Bray Advises Developer of Award-Winning Project

The J. W. Willie York Awards are given annually by the Triangle Chapter of the Urban Land Institute to those individuals and companies who have made outstanding contributions to the creation and continued vitality of thriving communities in the Triangle Region. The new Citrix office campus, located in downtown Raleigh, was announced as the winner of the Triangle ULI Chapter’s 2015 Influence Award at a program held on October 22 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Citrix space is designed for up to 900 employees, with approximately 600 employees currently working in the building. Schell Bray is pleased to have been a part of the development team for this project and to have served as general counsel to the project’s developer, Warehouse District Partners, LLC. Schell Bray extends congratulations to all members of the Citrix project team for their contributions to this major downtown Raleigh redevelopment and its recognition as a 2015 York Awards recipient.  

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