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Parker Poe Grows Again with Addition of Four Associates

  • September 15, 2012

(CHARLOTTE, NC)Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has added four new Associates in the Charlotte and Columbia offices:

John D. Branson – Charlotte, NC
Education: JD, cum laude, University of South Carolina; BS, University of Maryland
Practice concentration: Products liability, professional negligence, insurance coverage and defense
Notable: Served as Captain in United States Marine Corps; awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat "V" for heroism for his service in Afghanistan

Fern A. Paterson – Charlotte, NC
Education: JD, magna cum laude, North Carolina Central University; BS, summa cum laude, North Carolina State University
Practice concentration: Regulatory compliance and business transactions involving environmental issues
Notable: Worked as an engineer for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and is a licensed professional engineer

Felicia S. Preston – Columbia, SC
Education: JD, University of South Carolina; BA, cum laude, Clemson University
Practice concentration: Business litigation, property disputes and construction
Notable: Volunteered with Youth with a Mission in India, where she taught English and volunteered in refugee camps.

Karla T. Turner – Charlotte, NC
Education: JD, Vanderbilt University; BA, summa cum laude, Fisk University
Practice concentration: General corporate and securities advice to private investment companies
Notable: Served as a law clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia; received a Certificate of Law and Business from Vanderbilt in addition to her JD.

“I am confident that all four of our new lawyers will broaden the firm’s practice,” said Tom Griffin, Parker Poe Managing Partner. “More importantly, they are well-rounded individuals whose backgrounds and personal achievements will enrich the firm’s culture. I’m excited to have them on board.”

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has more than 190 lawyers in five offices located in major markets across North Carolina and South Carolina. The Firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters. It has been recognized in recent years as one of the fastest growing law firms in the United States and as an award-winning leader in the use of technology to provide better and more efficient service to domestic and international clients.