Checking In: June 23, 2020

Compiled by Jessica Junqueira 

Parker Poe’s Charlotte Location Moves To Legacy Union

The Charlotte location of Parker Poe has moved from Three Wells Fargo Center to the Bank of America Tower at Legacy Union. Their new address is 620 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202. The firm is located on floors six, seven, and eight in the new building. Legacy Union is located at the intersection of Tryon and Stonewall streets on the south side of Uptown.

While the location has changed, the firm’s phone and fax numbers remain the same. The phone number for the front desk is 704.372.9000.

Firms Announce New Hires

Sands Anderson PC welcomes Deborah A. McDermott to the firm’s Durham office. McDermott is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She has experience in both estate planning and estate and trust administration. Prior to joining Sands Anderson, McDermott practiced at Kennon Craver PLLC. Before Kennon Craver, she was a Gift Planning Officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McDermott received her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics from the University of North Carolina and her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from UNC School of Law.

Linda Baugher Malone has joined Howard, Stallings, From, Atkins, Angell & Davis, P.A. at their New Bern office. Baugher practices transactional law with an emphasis on estate planning and administration and general business and taxation. She assists clients with complex estate planning and supports business clients with a variety of needs, including mergers, acquisitions, and dissolutions. Linda graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science degree in analytical finance and a Master of Science in accountancy. She earned her Juris Doctorate from from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Hall Booth Smith, P.C. welcomes Brett Lawrence and Christian Ferlan, who have joined the firm’s Charlotte office as associates.

Brett Lawrence’s practice focuses on data privacy and security. He was a clerk to the Honorable Lucy Inman of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Raleigh prior to his position with Hall Booth Smith. In Washington D.C., he worked as a legal intern with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He received his Bachelor of Arts in finance from Florida Atlantic University and his Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law. There, he served as Managing Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review.

Christian Ferlan’s primary practice areas include medical malpractice, general liability, and workers’ compensation. He has experience representing employers from a variety of locations in matters of workers’ compensation, including injuries on the job. Ferlan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Muhlenberg College and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. At UNC, he worked as Notes Editor and writer for the NC Journal of Law and Technology.


The N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings recently announced the addition of Mike Byrne and Karlene Turrentine. Byrne will serve as an administrative law judge and Turrentine will serve as legal counsel to the Rules Review Commission.

Byrne has served as a litigator over the past 12 years, appearing in more than 270 contested cases on behalf of petitioners. Most recently he operated the Law Offices of Michael C. Byrne, P.C. Byrne has appeared in numerous cases before the N.C. Court of Appeals and N.C. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English in 1991, and Campbell Law School (1995).

Turrentine has spent the past 22 years practicing law on behalf of numerous individuals, firms, boards and commissions, including seven years as county attorney for Warren County. She a former partner in Kitchen & Turrentine, PLLC, and served for 18 years as principal attorney for Turrentine Law Firm, PLLC. Turrentine is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature in 1994, and North Carolina Central University School of Law (1996).