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Kristin King Joins Schell Bray’s Tax Practice

We are pleased to announce that Kristin King has joined Schell Bray and will concentrate her practice in the area of tax law. Prior to joining Schell Bray Ms. King practiced for 15 years at a boutique law firm in New York where she focused on tax and business matters. Ms. King will concentrate on a broad range of tax issues relating to entities, individuals and business and investment transactions. Ms. King received her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from the Washington University School of Law. Her undergraduate degree is from Clemson University. She is currently licensed to practice law only in New York and will be seeking her North Carolina license under the applicable reciprocity rules.

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Jonathan L. Jenkins Named Partner at Schell Bray PLLC

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Jonathan L. Jenkins became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2016. Jonathan’s practice is focused in startups, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and general business matters. He works with clients in 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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Nine Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized as Members of North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”

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.

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Edward T. Chaney Co-Authors Article for the Taxation of Exempts Journal

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.

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Galina P. Petrova Authors Article in the NCBA Tax Section’s Tax Assessments

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.

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Schell Bray Listed in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2016 “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 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: 

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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Schell Bray Advises Developer of Award-Winning Project

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.  

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Christina Freeman Pearsall Speaks at the 12th Annual Fall Gathering in Chapel Hill

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.

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Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at Well•Spring Retirement Community of Greensboro

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.

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Barbara R. Christy Honored as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

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.

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