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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.


Christina Pearsall Elected to NCBA Real Property Section Council

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Christina Freeman Pearsall was recently elected to the Real Property Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association for a three year term. Council members regularly address and vote on issues affecting Section members, such as legislative initiatives or items to be considered by the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors. The Council meets quarterly to assist in planning Section events, such as continuing legal education programs or pro bono projects. 

Ms. Pearsall’s practice focuses on commercial real estate. She assists developers, property managers, individual and corporate investors, and other businesses with the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of real property. Ms. Pearsall received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and her LL.M. (Tax) from the Boston University School of Law.

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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at 16th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia Tax Section Workshops

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke at the 16th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia Tax Section Workshops, held in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on May 27, 2017. Mr. Chaney presented “Trends and Developments for Exempt Organizations.”

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 Joins IR Global International Network

Schell Bray is pleased to announce its membership in the IR Global international professional services network. IR Global assists member firms in providing legal, accounting and financial advice to their clients with international interests and is one of the largest and fastest growing professional referral networks in the world, with operations across more than 150 jurisdictions. Schell Bray believes that the referral resources of IR Global will be a significant value added enhancement for our clients and, as a member of the network, we are available to assist other member firms with their North Carolina based legal matters. Schell Bray has been designated as IR Global’s exclusive member in North Carolina in the commercial law field. For more information, contact Schell Bray partner Thomas C. Watkins at tcwatkins@schellbray.com or any other member of our business practice group.   

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Dori J. Dixon Presents at the SBA of the Carolinas – Special Needs Law Workshop

Dori J. Dixon, a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, presented on April 29, 2017 at the Spina Bifida Association of the Carolinas Special Needs Law Workshop. Ms. Dixon’s topics included ABLE Accounts, establishing special needs trusts, and other legal issues as relevant to the Spina Bifida community.

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 President of the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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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 March 14, 2017 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. Ms. Dixon’s topic was “Preparing Your Estate Plan.”

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 Presidentof the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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Stacey A. Brady Named Partner at Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Stacey A. Brady  became a partner in the firm on March 1, 2017. Stacey practices in the area of general corporate law with a focus on pass-through entities and their taxation. She has extensive experience negotiating and preparing operating agreements for complex limited liability company structures and joint ventures. Ms. Brady received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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Stacey A. Brady Named Partner at Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Stacey A. Brady  became a partner in the firm on March 1, 2017. Stacey practices in the area of general corporate law with a focus on pass-through entities and their taxation. She has extensive experience negotiating and preparing operating agreements for complex limited liability company structures and joint ventures. Ms. Brady received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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Wendy Kindley Joins Schell Bray as Executive Director

Schell Bray is pleased to announce that Wendy Kindley has joined the Firm as its new Executive Director. Ms. Kindley will manage the Firm’s business and administrative operations, including the areas of finance, human resources, information technology and firm facilities and equipment. Ms. Kindley received her B.S. degree in Accounting from Guilford College.

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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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