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Parker Poe Announces New Firm Partners for 2016

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  • January 20, 2016

Charlotte, NC – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP announced today the election of 11 new partners in the firm’s Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina offices, the Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina and the Atlanta, Georgia offices effective January 1, 2016.

Charlotte, NC

Annette K. Ebright is a litigator practicing in the areas of Complex Civil Litigation, Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense as well as Criminal and Regulatory Compliance related to anti-corruption, export and sanctions laws. Ms. Ebright works with clients operating in highly regulated industries, both in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Ebright deals with investigations and litigation related to a variety of issues including contract disputes, fraud, U.S. banking laws and regulations, health care fraud, securities laws, export control laws, anti-corruption laws, public corruption, firearms laws and regulations, immigration fraud and the False Claims Act. 

Sarah F. Hutchins practices in the area of commercial litigation, with a particular focus on competition law, and in the area of white collar crime investigation and defense. She works with clients in disputes involving business torts and antitrust claims, as well as other general commercial disputes. Ms. Hutchins has significant experience advising clients in large-scale government investigations and further advises clients on compliance with federal and state consumer privacy and protection laws. Ms. Hutchins’ practice includes management of large-scale electronic discovery matters and resolution of eDiscovery issues.

Morgan H. Rogers handles a wide variety of business disputes. He represents clients in all phases of litigation, including settlement, preliminary motions to dispose of the case, trial and appeal. Mr. Rogers concentrates on disputes related to corporate governance, real property, construction and development, trusts and estates, and various banking and lending disputes.

Mary Katherine H. Stukes focuses her practice on environmental matters. She works with manufacturing and commercial clients on a wide range of environmental permitting, compliance and remediation issues. She also advises clients on brownfields redevelopment and other real estate matters, as well as environmental aspects of corporate transactions and management of environmental risk for lending industry clients. In addition, Ms. Stukes represents clients in environmental litigation in federal, state and administrative courts.

Raleigh, NC

Matthew H. Mall represents businesses in class actions and other civil litigation in federal and state courts, including the North Carolina Business Court. Mr. Mall also has experience representing companies in both domestic and international arbitration. He has handled disputes involving First Amendment issues, fraud, healthcare fraud, insurance agents, surety bonds, employee raiding, breach of contract, real estate broker commissions, and a variety of other issues. Recently, Mr. Mall’s practice has focused on nationwide class action defense and disputes involving breaches of contract, covenants not to compete, and the North Carolina Trade Secrets Act.

Katherine E. Ross represents businesses and local governments in regulatory matters and civil litigation. In her regulatory practice, Ms. Ross routinely advises clients on regulatory compliance matters, assists clients with obtaining permits, and represents clients in negotiations with local and state agencies. In her litigation practice, Ms. Ross represents clients in complex civil matters, focusing on real property disputes. Ms. Ross has obtained favorable bench and jury verdicts, and she works with clients to identify when it is worth fighting and when it makes business sense to resolve a matter without a judge or jury. With a focus on energy over the past several years, Ms. Ross has assisted developers of renewable energy facilities in developing over 3,000 megawatts of generation.

Caleb Thomas advises clients regarding creditors’ rights with a specific focus on asset-based lending and bankruptcy. His clients include local, regional and major national banks, as well as other institutional and individual lenders. Mr. Thomas has obtained favorable results for lenders in negotiated loan workouts, contested commercial foreclosures, receiverships and complex title disputes. He has successfully represented creditors in all phases of Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases including contested cash collateral matters, § 363 sales, motions for relief from stay, objections to plan confirmation and adversary proceeding prosecution and defense. 

Charleston, SC

Laura F. Locklair focuses her practice on construction litigation, property disputes and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Locklair has successfully represented owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers in connection with mediation, arbitration and litigation. In addition to counseling clients as to claim avoidance on issues such as mechanics liens, insurance coverage disputes, and warranty obligations, Ms. Locklair concentrates her practice on design and construction defect litigation involving commercial properties and multi-family and single-family residential dwellings. She has handled personal injury cases arising out of alleged construction defects as well as industrial accidents. Additionally, Ms. Locklair has experience representing companies, homeowners’ associations and property owners in resolving boundary disputes, title insurance claims and other real estate litigation.

Columbia, SC

Walt A. Cartin practices in the area of health care law. He represents a diverse range of health care providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, and a variety of outpatient facilities. Mr. Cartin regularly works with clients on business transactions, including commercial contract matters, mergers and acquisitions, and business formation.

Lawrence M. Hershon’s practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation and business disputes. He works with clients on matters involving construction and surety bond disputes, commercial contract disputes, financial services litigation, and general business disputes. He also works with clients on business transactions, including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, leasing, and commercial contract matters.

Atlanta, GA

A. Todd Sprinkle’s practice includes all aspects of civil litigation, both state and federal, at the trial and appellate levels, with focus on commercial litigation and financial services litigation. Mr. Sprinkle was listed by North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“Annette, Sarah, Morgan, Mary Katherine, Matthew, Katherine, Caleb, Laura, Walt, Lawrence and Todd exemplify our commitment to excellence in the legal field, and a strong commitment to client service,” says Thomas Griffin, Parker Poe Managing Partner.

About Parker Poe

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 200 lawyers in six offices located in major markets across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters.