We are proud to announce that nine Schell Bray attorneys have been named by Business North Carolina magazine as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2016. 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 2016 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; Stacey A. Brady for Tax/Estate Planning; Michael H. Godwin, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; James B. Haynes for Real Estate; 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.
Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, co-authors article titled “Getting Public Charity Status Right Before It Goes Wrong” with Kimberly Eney. The article appears in Taxation of Exempts, Volume 27/Issue 2 Copyright © 2015 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.
Galina P. Petrova, a member of the Business Practice Group, authors an article titled “State Corporate Income Tax: A Stance on the Sales Factor.” 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.
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 2016 rankings in “Best Law Firms,” the sixth 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:
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Trusts & Estates Law
The U.S. News – Best 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.
The J. W. Willie York Awards are given annually by the Triangle Chapter of the Urban Land Institute to those individuals and companies who have made outstanding contributions to the creation and continued vitality of thriving communities in the Triangle Region. The new Citrix office campus, located in downtown Raleigh, was announced as the winner of the Triangle ULI Chapter’s 2015 Influence Award at a program held on October 22 at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Citrix space is designed for up to 900 employees, with approximately 600 employees currently working in the building. Schell Bray is pleased to have been a part of the development team for this project and to have served as general counsel to the project’s developer, Warehouse District Partners, LLC. Schell Bray extends congratulations to all members of the Citrix project team for their contributions to this major downtown Raleigh redevelopment and its recognition as a 2015 York Awards recipient.
Christina Freeman Pearsall, a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, spoke on October 16, 2015 at the Twelfth Annual Investors Title Insurance Company Fall Gathering North Carolina CLE Attorney Seminar. Ms. Pearsall’s topic was “Commercial Leases.”
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 North Carolina Central University School of Law and LL.M. (Tax) from Boston University School of Law.
Dori J. Wiggen, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke at Well•Spring Retirement Community of Greensboro on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Ms. Wiggen’s topics included Powers of Attorney for Healthcare, Living Wills, Financial Powers of Attorney and the key legal documents one needs to know about as a family caregiver.
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. She received her B.A. degree from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she teaches in the area of elder law.
Schell Bray is pleased to announce that Barbara R. Christy, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, was recently selected to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). The Fellows of the ABF is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. The Fellows was established in 1955 and is limited to one percent of attorneys in each state.
Ms. 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.
Doris R. Bray has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law. She has been named to the Best Lawyers listing since 1989 in the areas of Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation. Doris Bray’s practice concentrates in the business and transactional areas. Ms. Bray advises clients in establishing their businesses, including assisting clients in determining the most advantageous financial and organizational structure for their business, and preparing all necessary documentation. She received her J.D. degree, with high honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Amy H. Kincaid has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Trusts and Estates Law. 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 J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”
The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high rating in The Best Lawyers’ survey by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
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.
- Amy H. Kincaid Speaks at the 38th Annual 2016 Tri-State Sculptors Conference
- James B. Haynes and William B. Aycock II Speak at the Advanced Topics in Real Property CLE
- Edward T. Chaney Speaks at the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys Legal Fall 2016 Seminar
- Barbara R. Christy Named Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the Area of Real Estate Law
- Eleven Schell Bray Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
- Schell Bray Partner Garland Graham Receives the Community Foundation’s Game Changer Award
- Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at End-Of-Life Planning Series
- Edward T. Chaney Speaks at the NC Association of CPA’s Not-for-Profit Conference
- Amy H. Kincaid Speaks at the 2016 Advanced Estate Planning Survey Course
- Edward T. Chaney Authors Article for Taxation of Exempts