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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.


Garland G. Graham Named 2014 Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association

The North Carolina Bar Association will recognize Garland G. Graham, a partner with Schell Bray, as a recipient of the 2014 Citizen Lawyer Award. The award presentation will take place at the NCBA’s annual meeting, scheduled for June in Wilmington.

The NCBA established the Citizen Lawyer Award in 2007 to recognize attorneys who provide outstanding public service for their communities. As a recipient, Graham joins a select group of distinguished leaders in the North Carolina legal community. Recipients have included elected and appointed government officials, coaches, mentors, and voluntary leaders of non-profit, civic and community organizations.

Ms. Graham’s community activities include her founding in 2006 of the Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, a North Carolina nonprofit rescue network that is dedicated to the rehabilitation, fostering and adoption of abused and neglected animals of all sizes, including farm animals. The organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity and has taken in over 1,700 animals to date.

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William B. Aycock II Joins Schell Bray

Schell Bray is pleased to announce the addition of William B. Aycock II as an associate in the firm’s Chapel Hill office. He will concentrate his practice in the area of commercial real estate. 

Mr. Aycock received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. degree from the Elon University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Elon Law Review.

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Eight Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that eight of our members were recently selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014. Attorneys receiving this noteworthy distinction are:

Michael R. Abel– Business/Corporate Law                 

Holly H. Alderman– Real Estate Law              

Doris R. Bray– Business/Corporate Law                                 

Barbara R. Christy– 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        

Thomas C. Watkins– Business/Corporate 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 is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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Dori J. Wiggen Named Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014

We are proud to announce that Dori J. Wiggen was recently selected as a Rising Star in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014.

While up to five percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Recognition as a Rising Star is open to candidates 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for ten years or less.

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Edward T. Chaney joins Schell Bray’s exempt organizations practice

We are pleased to announce that Edward T. Chaney has joined Schell Bray and will concentrate his practice in the area of tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Chaney, who previously counseled tax-exempt organizations from the Washington, D.C. office of one of the largest law firms in the United States, will be resident in Schell Bray's Chapel Hill office. He will focus on advising tax-exempt organizations on a broad range of tax and corporate matters, including organization formation, structure and governance, exemption applications, ongoing tax and regulatory compliance, unrelated business income taxation, charitable giving, investment management of charitable assets (including endowment funds and program-related investments), and private foundation and public charity grant making.

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April E. Kight named new Partner in the firm

Schell Bray is pleased to announce that April E. Kight became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2014. She will continue to concentrate her practice in the areas of private equity, finance, New Markets Tax Credits, and general business and corporate law. 

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

We are proud to announce that nine of our attorneys have been named as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2014. Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite is compiled annually based upon a poll of North Carolina attorneys. The attorneys selected are considered by their peers to be the best practitioners in their respective fields. The following Schell Bray attorneys have been named as 2014 Legal Elite members: Michael R. Abel for Business, 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; Michael H. Godwin, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; Garland G. Graham for Business Law; Amy H. Kincaid 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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Partner Jennifer L.J. Koenig honored as a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

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 as a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Ms. 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. 

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national organization of lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest levels of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Membership in ACTEC is reserved to attorneys who have practiced for a minimum of ten years and have made significant contributions to the profession through speaking, writing, and leadership.

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Schell Bray named in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014

Schell Bray PLLC has received a Tier 1 ranking in seven practice areas in the Greensboro metropolitan market by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® in its 2014 rankings of "Best Law Firms," the fourth edition of this national survey. 

Schell Bray practice areas ranked as "Tier One" in the Greensboro market include:

  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Real Estate 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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Elder Law Attorney Wiggen Joins Schell Bray

We are pleased to announce that Dori J. Wiggen has joined the Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Ms. Wiggen focuses her practice on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. 

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 in the subject of Elder Law. Ms. Wiggen serves on the council for the Elder and Special Needs Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and as an officer with the board of the NC Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

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