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Jennifer L.J. Koenig and Christina Freeman Pearsall Honored as Herb Falk Society Fellows

The Greensboro Bar Association recognized its 2014 Herb Falk Society Fellows at its February 19th member dinner at Starmount Forest Country Club. Schell Bray partners Jennifer Koenig and Christina Freeman Pearsall were among those honored for having performed over 75 hours of pro bono service in 2014. 

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 Christina Freeman Pearsall 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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Holly H. Alderman Named in the Top 50 Women North Carolina Super Lawyers of 2015

Holly Alderman, a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, was recently selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 50 Women. 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. Ms. Alderman is honored to have been recognized as a Super Lawyer from 2009 – 2015, in addition to this year’s Top 50 recognition.

Ms. Alderman focuses her practice on commercial real estate matters and typically represents local, regional and national retail, residential, restaurant, office and mixed-use development clients in the assemblage, acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of properties. Ms. Alderman received her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

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Michael H. Godwin Named in the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers of 2015

Michael Godwin, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, is recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina in the recently published 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. 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.

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. Mr. Godwin received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School at Chapel Hill School of Law.

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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 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.

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Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015

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.

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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at 32nd 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 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.

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Jonathan L. Jenkins Speaks at GTCC 2015 Small Business Summit

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.

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Garland G. Graham Working with Elon University School of Law Students

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.

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Holly Alderman Named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame

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.

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

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.

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