Checking In: September 22, 2020

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Ketan Soni and Andrew Brendle Announce New Firm, Soni Brendle, PLLC

Soni Brendle, PLLC opened its doors for business in February of 2020. The firm focuses on family law, business litigation, estate planning and dispute resolution and has offices in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

Ketan Soni brings 20 years of family law and estate planning experience across North Carolina. His experience includes divorce, separation and premarital agreements, equitable distribution, custody and child support. Ketan frequently mediates for other attorneys as a Superior Court and Family Financial Mediator. He has created the free NC Child Support Calculator, custody calendaring tool, and net income calculator for alimony. Soni has taught CLE and Continuing Mediation Education, including a 40-hour Family Financial Mediation class. Soni graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.

Andrew Brendle is a trial and appellate lawyer and a family law and business litigator. Prior to the firm, Brendle practiced in Charlotte with Hull & Chandler, P.A. Brendle graduated from Campbell Law School with a Juris Doctorate and from Hampden-Sydney College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Patti Ramseur and Alex Maultsby Open New Firm

Patti Ramseur and Alex Maultsby launched Ramseur Maultsby LLP in September 2020, focusing on employment law, after each practiced for over seventeen years with Smith Moore Leatherwood and, more recently, Fox Rothschild. In their new firm, they will continue to engage in employment litigation, counseling, and training. Patti and Alex are longtime North Carolinians. Ramseur graduated from North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University School of Law; Maultsby graduated from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Checking In: August 18, 2020

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Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) announced that Brandy Cox is now a paralegal in the firm’s Wilmington office. Cox is a North Carolina Bar Certified Paralegal with more than six years of experience in elder law and estates. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a minor in psychology and from Cape Fear Community College with an associate’s degree in paralegal technology.


Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) also announced that Laura Dean, a civil litigator, has been promoted to of counsel. Dean, who is based in the firm’s Raleigh office, focuses on professional liability defense, general business disputes, premise and products liability cases, and admiralty and maritime matters. She practices in federal and State courts across North Carolina. She obtained a Juris Doctorate at the University of North Carolina School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from UNC.


Rylee Dillard has joined Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) as an associate attorney in the firm’s Charlotte office. Her practice is focused on medical malpractice, general liability and workers’ compensation. Prior to joining HBS, she practiced at an insurance defense firm located in Charlotte and represented clients in workers’ compensation disputes. Dillard earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in politics, philosophy and law from the College of Charleston.

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Checking In: July 14, 2020

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New Hires

Zac Bolitho is now of counsel with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP in Raleigh. He will practice with the White Collar & Criminal Defense Group. Prior to joining the firm, Bolitho was an Associate Deputy Attorney General and the Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Bolitho serves as an Associate Professor of Law at Campbell Law School in Raleigh. He received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Mount Union, and a Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University.

Morningstar Law Group announced that Marie Farmer is now an associate attorney with the firm. She will practice in the Litigation Practice Group. Prior to Morningstar Law, Farmer was a legal fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Office of Legal Counsel. There, she offered litigation support and assisted in a variety of areas, including constitutional, healthcare, employment, and intellectual property law. Farmer obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Law and Philosophy from the University of Florida.

Smith Anderson welcomes Mark Griffith, a corporate attorney, to the firm. Griffith will work with the Energy and Renewable Energy and M&A practice teams. He has significant experience in energy transactions, economic development and matters related to financial institutions. Prior to Smith Anderson, Griffith practiced with Troutman Sanders. He serves on the chamber of commerce and has taught a course on renewable energy transactions at UNC School of Law. Griffith graduated from the University of North Carolina, with honors, where he received a Bachelor of Arts, and from UNC School of Law, with honors, where he earned a Juris Doctorate.

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