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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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Doris R. Bray and Amy H. Kincaid Named Lawyers of the Year in 2016 Best Lawyers in America®

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.

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Eleven Schell Bray Members Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®

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.

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Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at Family Estate Planning Workshop

Dori J. Wiggen, who is resident in Schell Bray’s Chapel Hill office and a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke in Durham on July 22, 2015 at the Family Estate Planning Workshop. Ms. Wiggen’s topic was “What is a Fiduciary and What do they Do.”

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.

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, where she teaches in the area of elder law. She currently serves as the Chair for the Elder and Special Needs Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and as Treasurer of the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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Schell Bray’s Dori Wiggen Named NCBA Elder and Special Needs Law Section Chair

Dori J. Wiggen, who is resident in Schell Bray’s Chapel Hill office, has been appointed Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder & Special Needs Law Section for 2015-2016. She served as the Section’s Vice Chair and CLE Chair for 2013-2014.

The Elder & Special Needs Law Section addresses such issues as care management and correct placement for disabled adults requiring long-term care; Medicaid and Special Assistance eligibility for nursing home and assisted living; Medicare claims and appeals; Veterans’ benefits; Medicaid estate recovery; private payment options such as long-term care insurance; special needs trusts; planning for families with disabled children; guardianship law; advance directives and end-of-life decision-making; and mental capacity issues.

Ms. Wiggen’s practice concentrates on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. 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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Schell Bray’s Amy Kincaid Named NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Chair

Schell Bray partner Amy H. Kincaid has been appointed Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section for 2015-2016. She served as the Section’s Vice Chair for 2014-2015.

Amy Kincaid, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, 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 B.S. degree from Clemson University and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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