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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.


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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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at the NC Association of CPA’s Not-for-Profit Conference

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, was a speaker at the North Carolina Association of CPA’s Not-for-Profit Accounting Conference on Tuesday, May 24th in Greensboro. Mr. Chaney presented on “The Nonprofit Lifecycle,” and as part of a panel for the session entitled “Ask the Expert – Nonprofit Tax Q & A.”

Ed Chaney focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizationson 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 at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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Amy H. Kincaid Speaks at the 2016 Advanced Estate Planning Survey Course

Amy H. Kincaid, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, was a program speaker for the 2016 Advanced Estate Planning Survey Course on Friday, May 6th at the NC Bar Center in Cary, NC. Ms. Kincaid’s topic was “Portability: Simplification or Complication?”

Amy Kincaid regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of estate planning, estate administration, and charitable giving issues. Ms. Kincaid is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She received her B.S. degree from Clemson University and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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Edward T. Chaney Authors Article for Taxation of Exempts

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, authors article titled “Commerciality, Charter School of Management Organizations, and Social Enterprise.” The article appears in Taxation of Exempts, Volume 27/Issue 5 Copyright © 2016 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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Friends of the UNCG Libraries Elect Jennifer L.J. Koenig Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Schell Bray is pleased to announce that Jennifer L.J. Koenig, a partner in the firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice Group, was recently elected by the Friends of UNCG Libraries as Vice-Chair/Chair Elect at their recent annual meeting. Koenig’s practice focuses on issues ranging from simple wills and powers of attorney to very complex estate planning and wealth preservation techniques, including GRATs (grantor retained annuity trusts), limited liability companies (LLCs), complex charitable planning, and succession planning for family-owned businesses. She received her A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jennifer L.J. Koenig and Barbara R. Christy Honored As Herb Falk Society Fellows

The Greensboro Bar Association recognized its 2015 Herb Falk Society Fellows at its March 17th luncheon. Schell Bray partners Jennifer Koenig and Barbara Christy were among those honored for having performed over 75 hours of pro bono service in 2015. 

The Society honors the life and work of the late Herbert S. Falk, Jr., a former Greensboro Bar Association president who was deeply committed to pro bono service.

The firm applauds Jennifer Koenig and Barbara Christy on their exceptional commitment to the practice of law and to making their professional services available without charge for the public good.

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Galina P. Petrova Authors Article Titled “The New Partnership Tax Audit Regime: 20 Takeaways”

Galina P. Petrova, a member of the Business Practice Group, authors an article titled “The New Partnership Tax Audit Regime: 20 Takeaways.” 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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