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Five Parker Poe Attorneys Named 2017 Legal Elite by Business North Carolina

  • January 4, 2017

Charlotte, NC – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce that Business North Carolina magazine has named five attorneys to its 2017 Legal Elite. The selected Parker Poe attorneys were voted into four legal categories of the 2017 Legal Elite including the following:

William G. Pappas, Raleigh
Bill Pappas provides corporate counsel to national and international clients in the biotechnology, life sciences, nonprofit, health care, manufacturing and pharmaceutical-related industries. He guides clients in various business and transactional matters including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, business investments and expansions, and stock and asset purchases and sales. Bill received both his BA and JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thomas N. Griffin III, Charlotte
Tom Griffin counsels clients on a wide range of  environmental matters, with a focus on larger scale projects and complex litigation. Over the years his practice has centered on water and wildlife issues arising under statutes such as the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. As Managing Partner, Tom sees parallels between his experience handling complicated matters and providing leadership to a growing law firm. The key is to provide practical solutions to complicated problems. Tom graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest with his BA and received his JD from the University of Virginia.

Intellectual Property
William B. Cannon, Raleigh
Will Cannon negotiates technology agreements, provides privacy counsel, and protects the intellectual property of his clients.  As leader of the firm’s new Education Industry Team, Will’s clients include colleges and universities, financial services institutions, and public and private entities. Will received his BS from Davidson College and his JD cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tax & Estate Planning
Andrew F. Dana, Charlotte
Andrew Dana focuses his practice on Trust & Estate Planning with experience in a variety of additional areas reflecting his clients’ needs for minimizing taxes, safeguarding assets, and assisting families in achieving their goals. Andrew graduated from Rollins College with his BS, from Washington and Lee University, magna cum laude, with his JD and from New York University with an LLM in Taxation.

In addition, the following attorney was acknowledged as:

Young Guns
Sarah F. Hutchins, Charlotte
Sarah Hutchins practices in the area of commercial litigation with a 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. Sarah also works with businesses to resolve data breaches and other cybersecurity matters. Sarah received her BA, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and her JD from the College of William and Mary.

About Legal Elite
“Legal Elite” attorneys are selected through ballots sent to more than 20,000 attorneys who are active members of the North Carolina State Bar. Members of the Bar are asked to select the best lawyer in each field. Lawyers may not select themselves and can only vote for members of their own firms if they also chose someone outside their firms in the same category. With more weight given to outside votes, fewer than 3 percent of the state’s lawyers were named to the list this year.

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 200 lawyers in seven 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.

Parker Poe is a member of TerraLex, one of the world’s leading international legal networks. With 155 member law firms and 19,000 attorneys in 100 countries, TerraLex members provide the legal resources and expertise needed to conduct seamless business worldwide.