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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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Jennifer L.J. Koenig speaks at NC Bar Association Program

Jennifer Koenig, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke on September 27, 2013 at the NC Bar Association’s 2013 Estate Planning & Probate Law Survey Course, which was presented live and via webcast. Ms. Koenig’s topic was “Gift Tax”. 

Jennifer Koenig regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of estate planning, estate administration, and charitable giving issues. Ms. Koenig is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She received her A.B. degree with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994 and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1997.

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Ten Schell Bray members named to the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in America©

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 - Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law

Holly H. Alderman - Real Estate Law

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

Barbara R. Christy - Real Estate Law

Michael H. Godwin - Trusts and Estates

Garland G. Graham - Corporate Law

J. Craig Kiser - Real Estate Law

Jennifer L. J. Koenig - Trusts and Estates

Paul H. Livingston, Jr- Trusts and Estates

Thomas C. Watkins - Banking and Finance Law, and Corporate Law

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Doris Bray and Michael Abel named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Greensboro “Lawyers of the Year”

Ms. Bray has been chosen as Lawyer of the Year in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions 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. Abel has been chosen as Lawyer of the Year in the area of Tax Law. He has been named to the Best Lawyers listing since 1993 in the areas of Corporate Law, Employee Benefits Law and Tax Law.

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General Advertising Permitted: New Rules for Private Placement

The Triad Business Journal - Business of Law – August 2, 2013

Schell Bray attorney Jonathan L. Jenkins authors article on the General Advertising Permitted: New Rules for Private Placement.

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Amy H. Kincaid speaks at NC Bar Association Program

Amy H. Kincaid, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, spoke at the NC Bar Association’s 34th Annual Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Program in Kiawah Island, SC on July 19, 2013. Ms. Kincaid’s topic was “Estate Planning with Martial Trust: An Impossible Task”. 

Amy Kincaid regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of estate planning and tax issues, including simple and complex charitable giving techniques, formation and use of family limited liability companies, modification and terminations of trusts, and estate and income taxation of estates and trusts. Ms. Kincaid also advises individual and corporate fiduciaries, such as executors and trustees, with regard to estate and trust administration.

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Christina Freeman Pearsall becomes Partner in the firm

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Christina Freeman Pearsall became a partner in the firm on July 1, 2013. Ms. Pearsall’s practice is concentrated in commercial real estate.

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Jennifer L.J. Koenig honored as Herb Falk Society Fellow

The Greensboro Bar Association’s Herb Falk Society honored Schell Bray attorney Jennifer L.J. Koenig at the Society’s third annual recognition dinner held May 22, 2013. Ms. Koenig was recognized for having performed over 75 pro bono hours in 2012. 

The Society honors the life and work of the late Herbert S. Falk, Jr., a former Greensboro Bar Association president who was deeply committed to pro bono service.

The firm applauds Jennifer Koenig on her exceptional commitment to the practice of law and to making her services available without charge for the public good.

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