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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at 34th 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 34th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, held in Austin, Texas. The Nonprofit Organizations Institute features leading nationally recognized experts from private foundations, public charities, law, finance and government to discuss the latest tax, legislative and governance issues affecting nonprofit organizations. Mr. Chaney presented “The Public Charity Life Cycle: A Compliance Overview.”

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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Jonathan L. Jenkins Named North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star for Third Consecutive Year

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 2017 list in the area of Business/Corporate Law for the third consecutive year. Mr. Jenkins focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, startups, 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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Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2017

We are pleased to announce that four of our members were recently selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers 2017. Schell Bray’s North Carolina Super Lawyers and the area for which each is recognized are:

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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Edward T. Chaney Named Partner at Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Edward T. Chaney became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2017. 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 works with clients in the firm’s Chapel Hill and Greensboro offices. Mr. Chaney received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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

We are proud to announce that seven Schell Bray attorneys have been named by Business North Carolina magazine as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2017. 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 2017 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; Michael H. Godwin, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; 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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Partner Tom Watkins Named Honorary Chairman of 2016 HAECO Invitational Basketball Tournament

The 41st annual HAECO Invitational, a basketball tournament sponsored by the Greensboro Sports Council for Guilford County men’s and women’s high school basketball teams, has named Tom Watkins as its 2016 Honorary Chairman. Net proceeds of the tournament, which is held at the Special Events Center at the Greensboro Coliseum, are returned to the athletic programs of the participating schools and are also used to fund local charitable contributions. An article about the Tournament and Watkins’ role this year as Honorary Chair appeared in the Tournament Program. 

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Dori J. Dixon Speaks at Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Dori J. Dixon, a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke in Durham on November 18, 2016 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. Ms. Dixon’s topic was “Legal Tools for the Family Caregiver.”

Dori Dixon’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. Dixon 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 Vice President of the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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Schell Bray Listed in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2017 “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 2017 rankings in “Best Law Firms,” the seventh 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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Amy H. Kincaid Speaks at the 38th Annual 2016 Tri-State Sculptors Conference

Amy H. Kincaid, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, was a guest speaker for the 38th Annual 2016 Tri-State Sculptors Conference on Friday, October 7th in Star, NC. Ms. Kincaid’s topic was “Estate Planning for Artists.”

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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James B. Haynes and William B. Aycock II Speak at the Advanced Topics in Real Property CLE

James B. Haynes and William B. Aycock, members of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, co-presented at the Advanced Topics in Real Property NCBA CLE on Friday, September 23rd in Cary. The topic was “Off the Beaten Path, A Summary of Lesser-Encountered North Carolina Statutes Dealing with Real Property Matters.”

Jimmy Haynes focuses his practice primarily in the firm’s commercial real estate group, representing and advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of real property, including multi-family housing, retail, industrial centers, office and undeveloped tracts. He received his J.D. degree from Elon University School of Law.

Bill Aycock focuses his practice primarily in commercial real estate. He assists and advises clients in a broad range of commercial real estate matters and transactions, including the representation of owners, developers, buyers and sellers. He received his J.D. degree from Elon University School of Law.

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