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Paul Livingston spoke at the 2013 Triad Non-Profit Conference

Paul Livingston, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, was a presenter at the 2013 Triad Non-Profit Conference on February 14, 2013, held in High Point, North Carolina.  Mr. Livingston’s topic was “When and Why Charitable Planning Becomes Part of an Estate Plan and What Difference Will the Recent Tax Reform Make.”  The Conference was hosted by High Point Bank. 

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Holly H. Alderman appointed to the Board of Directors of SECU Family House

Holly H. Alderman was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals www.secufamilyhouse.org.  SECU Family House provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics.

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Eight Schell Bray Attorneys named to Legal Elite for 2013

We are proud to announce that eight of our attorneys have been named as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2013.  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 2013 Legal Elite members: Michael R. Abel for Business Law; Doris R. Bray, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Business Law; Barbara R. Christy for Real Estate Law; Michael H. Godwin as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; Garland G. Graham for Business Law and as a Young Gun; 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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Schell Bray named in “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® for 2013

Schell Bray PLLC has been named in ten practice areas in the Greensboro metropolitan area and one in the Raleigh metropolitan area by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® in its 2012 – 2013 rankings of “Best Law Firms,” the third edition of this national survey.

Schell Bray received a Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms Tier 1 ranking in the Greensboro market for the following practice areas:

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Securities/Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Tax Law

Trusts & Estates Law

Schell Bray received a Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms Tier 2 ranking in the Greensboro market for the following practice areas: 

Banking and Finance Law

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Private Equity Law

Real Estate Law

The firm received a Best Lawyers® Tier 2 ranking in the Real Estate Law practice area for the Raleigh market.

Rankings by Best Lawyers® are based on nationally conducted client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their fields and the review of additional information provided by participating law firms.

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Managing Member Tom Watkins recently completed a year as President of the Greensboro Sports Council

The Sports Council was formed in 1959 as a support organization for the Greensboro Coliseum, but its role has grown in recent years and the organization now serves as Greensboro’s primary voluntary resource providing support and hospitality for sports events in the Greensboro area.  Mr. Watkins will serve as Chairman of the Greensboro Sports Council in 2012-2013.

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Ten Schell Bray members named to the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

J. Craig Kiser, a partner in our real estate group, was named to the Best Lawyers® listing for the first time this year.

 

We are pleased that Schell Bray has had members of the firm listed in Best Lawyers® for more than twenty 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;

Barbara R. Christy for Real Estate Law;

Michael H. Godwin for Trusts and Estates;

Garland G. Graham for Corporate Law;

Jennifer L. J. Koenig forTrusts and Estates;

Paul H. Livingston, Jr. for Trusts and Estates;

Doris R. Bray for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation;

Thomas C. Watkins for Banking and Finance Law and Corporate Law.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2013) is based on more than four million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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Doris Bray and Tom Watkins named Lawyer of the Year in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America®

Ms. Bray has been chosen as Lawyer of the Year in the area of Corporate 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 & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation.

Mr. Watkins has been chosen Lawyer of the Year in the area of Banking and Finance Law.  He has been named to the Best Lawyers® listing since 1995 in the areas of Corporate Law and Banking and Finance Law.

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Mike Godwin speaks to the Greensboro Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals

Mike Godwin, a partner in the Trusts and Estates practice group, spoke on the legal aspects of a program entitled  "The Bank of Mom and Dad: How to Navigate Interfamily Financial Matters" on September 18, 2012 at the Greensboro Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals ("FSP").

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Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that James B. Haynes has joined the firm

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that James B. Haynes has joined the firm as an associate in the real estate practice group. Mr. Haynes was a member of the inaugural graduating class at the Elon University School of Law in 2009 and has concentrated his practice since graduation in the real estate and construction law fields.

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Proposed SEC Rules Affecting Rule 506 Offerings

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “Jobs Act”), adopted April 5, 2012,
requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) to amend
restrictions on general solicitation or general advertising in connection with
securities offerings under Rule 506 (“Rule 506”) of Regulation D of the Securities
Act of 1933, which regulates the private placement of investment securities (a
“Rule 506 Offering”). On August 29, 2012 the Commission announced proposed
rules affecting Rule 506 Offerings (the “Rules”). The Rules are available to the
public and the Commission will seek public comment for 30 days. The Commission
will then review the comments and determine whether to adopt the Rules.

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