Checking In: Jan. 7, 2019


Novant Health has selected Frank E. Emory Jr., to serve as executive vice president and chief legal officer. Emory was previously a partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, where he served as co-head of the litigation and labor group and managing partner of the Charlotte office. He is chairman of the board of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, and a recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s 2010 Citizen Lawyer of the Year award.




David Mannheim has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as a partner and member of the firm’s emerging growth and venture capital practice in the Raleigh office. He was formerly a partner with Wyrick Robbins of North Carolina for 18 years.  Mannheim’s practice focuses on corporate and securities law, including private and public securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance for biotech industries, including medical and environmental companies.




Katherine Escalante has joined Hedrick Gardner as a member of the firm’s civil litigation team in Charlotte. She graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law where she served as notes and comments editor of the Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law.






Christian Ferlan has joined Hedrick Gardner  as a member of the firm’s workers’ compensation team in Charlotte.  Ferlan graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he served as Notes Editor of the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology.





Farrah Raja has joined Hedrick Gardner workers’ compensation team in Charlotte. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was honored for completing 110.5 hours of pro bono work.





Aviance Brown has joined Hedrick Gardner’s Raleigh office as the newest attorney of its civil practice. Aviance is a graduate of the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where she served as the student bar association president.





Nick Inchaustegui has joined Hedrick Gardner in the firm’s Wilmington office, where he practices civil litigation, focusing on general liability matters. Inchaustegui graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, he served as a legal intern for Justice Paul Newby at the N.C. Supreme Court and in the Richmond City Attorney’s office.




Kenan Drum has joined Hedrick’ Gardner’s Wilmington office, where his practice focuses on workers’ compensation law. Drum is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. During law school, he served as a law clerk to a U.S. senator.





Niya Fonville has joined the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University as associate director of the Career Center effective.  Fonville previously practiced as an attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina.





Isabel Alele has joined Beechler Tomberlin as an associate for the firm. Alele practices in the area of civil matters, focusing on education law, as well as criminal matters. Isabel received her BA from Covenant College and her JD from Wake Forest University School of Law.





Williams Mullen welcomes Douglas C. Tsao to the firm as an intellectual property associate in Raleigh. Tsao joins the firm from MacCord Mason PLLC in Greensboro. He advises clients on a broad range of intellectual property issues, including patent prosecution and litigation. Tsao holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a B.S. in biochemistry from East Carolina University. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University.




Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP welcomes Josh Hiller to its Raleigh office in an Of Counsel role. He will focus his practice in the area of business disputes & litigation and professional liability, defense.