Checking In: Jan. 7, 2020

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By Sidney Shank

From left, Jeffrey Russell, Melissa Michaud, Colin Shive and Stephen Rawson.

Tharrington Smith Announces Four New Partners
Four associate attorneys—Melissa Michaud, Stephen Rawson, Jeffrey Russell, and Colin Shive—have been promoted to partners at Tharrington Smith in Raleigh. Michaud, Rawson, and Shive practice in the Education Law Section, and Russell practices in the Family Law Section.

Michaud has worked at Tharrington Smith since 2013, prior to which she taught middle school in eastern North Carolina through Teach for America. She holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Brown University and a juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rawson has worked at Tharrington Smith since 2013, prior to which he was a middle school science teacher in Kentucky. He holds a bachelor of science in physics and a juris doctorate from Duke University.

Russell has worked at Tharrington Smith since 2013 and is a board-certified specialist in Family Law. He holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Furman university and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from Campbell University.

Shive has worked at Tharrington Smith since 2012, prior to which he clerked for the Honorable William Osteen, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Clemson University and a juris doctorate with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Robinson Bradshaw Elects Three New Shareholders
Laurin Ariail, Fitz Barringer, and Amanda Pickens Nitto have been elected shareholders of Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte.

Arail practices corporate law with a focus on fund formation and investment management. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and both a master of business administration and a juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

 

Barringer focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes and employment litigation. He holds both a bachelor’s degree with honors and a juris doctorate with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

 

 

 

Nitto focuses her practice on litigation, particularly high-stakes business disputes, and is licensed to practice law in both North and South Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Roanoke College and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Hedrick Gardner Announces Attorney Promotions
In the Charlotte office of Hedrick Gardner, Michael Hedgepeth has been promoted to partner and Shari Ballard has been promoted to special counsel.

Both attorneys focus their practices on issues of workers’ compensation.

In the Raleigh office of Hedrick Gardner, Michael Rothrock and Holly Stott have been promoted to partner.

 

Rothrock focuses his practice on civil litigation, and Stott focuses her practice on workers’ compensation.

 

 

 

 

 

Statewide Promotions and Hires

Kate Dewberry has been named partner at Poyner Spruill in Raleigh. Dewberry has been with Poyner Spruill since 2017, where she focuses on employment law and litigation and administrative employment law. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a juris doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

Deedee Gasch has been named partner at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog in Wilmington. Gasch’s practice focuses on litigation for catastrophes in trucking and commercial vehicle accidents, including serious injury or death. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a juris doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law.

 

 

 

Matthew Lilly has been promoted to partner at Bradley Arrant Boult Cummings in Charlotte. Lilly works in the firm’s Construction Practice Group, focusing on representing general contractors and large subcontractors through the entire process of construction projects. He holds a bachelor of arts and a juris doctor from the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

 

After 16 years of solo practice, Mel Black has recently joined Everett Gaskins Hancock in Raleigh. Black’s practice focuses on administrative law and real estate law. He holds a bachelor of science from the University of the State of New York at Albany, a master of education from Winthrop College; an education specialist degree from Appalachian State University, and a juris doctorate from North Carolina Central University.

 

 

 

Gabriel Snyder has joined Ward Black Law in Greensboro. His practice will focus on litigation for workers’ compensation and eminent domain cases. He holds a both a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate from Campbell University.