Checking In: Feb. 4, 2019


Robinson Bradshaw Announces Four New Shareholders

New Robinson Bradshaw shareholder Mark Hiller‘s litigation practice includes representing and advising clients on significant matters involving class actions, business and contract disputes, trade secret disputes, bankruptcy-related litigation, cybersecurity and the False Claims Act, among other areas.  Hiller earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Harvard College.






New Robinson Bradshaw shareholder Elizabeth Morales is a corporate attorney representing privately held companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies, and lenders and borrowers in financing transactions. She structures and negotiates complex business transactions, including domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, senior credit facilities, mezzanine debt investments, corporate restructurings, executive compensation and incentive arrangements, and assists clients with other general corporate matters. Morales earned her law degree from the University of Virginia and her bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Miami.




New Robinson Bradshaw shareholder Stuart Pratt maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice, with a focus in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and real estate disputes.  He represents businesses and individuals through all phases of civil litigation and has experience with a wide range of business disputes, including those involving corporate contracts, fiduciary duties, fraud, unfair trade practices and professional negligence. Pratt regularly represents landlords and trade creditors in bankruptcy cases and property owners in condemnation actions. Pratt earned a law degree with high honors, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




New Robinson Bradshaw shareholder Laurie Smith brings a broad range of experience to facilitate clients’ corporate ventures. Her practice currently focuses on mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures for clients in the health care space. Smith earned her law degree from Yale University and her bachelor’s degree with honors and highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.






Smith Anderson Welcomed Eight New Associates in 2018

Jordan Fieldstein joined Smith Anderson with a focus on tax, corporate and business law matters, with an emphasis on general representation of closely-held businesses and its owners, and private equity transactions. Fieldstein routinely advises flow-through businesses, such as limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations. Prior to joining the Firm, Fieldstein was a tax associate at a respected Connecticut-based law firm. She has an LL.M. degree in Taxation and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law.




Brandon Heffinger joined Smith Anderson’s Litigation practice group where he represents clients in a wide range of business litigation matters. Prior to attending the Wake Forest University School of Law, Heffinger honorably served as a Major in the United States Marine Corps and continues to serve in the Reserve. Heffinger earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University where he was also a Zuckerman Fellow in the Center for Public Leadership.




A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Timothy (Tim) McKeever joined Smith Anderson with a focus on advising public and private companies as well as private equity funds on a wide range of corporate matters. Prior to joining the Firm, McKeeverwas an associate in the Raleigh office of a London-based international law firm.





Prior to joining Smith Anderson, David Pasley served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Schroeder of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Pasley joined the Firm’s Litigation practice group where he assists clients with business litigation matters. During his studies at the University of North Carolina School of Law, he was a merit scholarship recipient and received the 2015 Gressman-Pollitt Award for Best Overall Oral Advocacy.




William “Casey” Vaughn joined Smith Anderson as an associate in the Construction and Litigation practice groups where he represents contractors, owners, developers, sureties and design professionals in a variety of disputes and construction-related matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Vaughn practiced at a large international law firm where he worked on a wide range of complex commercial and construction disputes. Vaughn is graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.




A magna cum laude graduate of the North Carolina Central University School of Law, Kendra White joined Smith Anderson as an associate in its Mergers & Acquisitions practice group. White’s law school accolades include serving as President of the Business Law Society and Senior Editor of the North Carolina Central Law Review.




Prior to joining Smith Anderson, Cameron Williamson practiced corporate law in the New York offices of two large international law firms. He also worked as an honors program extern in the Enforcement Division of the U.S Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Williamson focuses on corporate, mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions. He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law.



A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina School of Law, Patrick (Pat) Wilson joined Smith Anderson as an associate in its Real Estate Development practice group where he focuses on construction litigation and real estate development litigation. Wilson earned a master’s in government and politics, and from 2009-2015, Wilson served his country as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.




Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has announced that Dodie Renfer has joined the Firm as a senior government relations consultant. Renfer has over 20 years’ experience in government operations and affairs and most recently was with Cansler Collaborative Resources, where she was director of governmental affairs.




Bell, Davis & Pitt attorney Allison Buckner Parker has been elected director at the firm. Based in the firm’s Winston-Salem office, Parker is a commercial litigator who focuses on insurance coverage litigation for corporate policyholders. Allison Parker her J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina.





The team at Ricci Law Firm, P.A. is proud to announce the hiring of attorney Thomas E. Lamm.  He will be dedicating his practice to injured workers across the state and those who have been injured in motor vehicle wrecks.  Lamm earned his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University and went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 2016 after graduating cum laude from Campbell University School of Law.