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Parker Poe Announces Elected Board Members and New Firm Partners for 2017

  • January 6, 2017

Charlotte, NC – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, a business law firm with more than 200 attorneys in seven offices across the Southeast, is pleased to announce the election of board members and new firm partners for 2017.

Board Members
Parker Poe’s seven board members serve as the Board of Directors representing various aspects of the firm’s business. The board members serve a three-year term through 2020. This year, two additions to the board members include the following:

Craig Lynch has been re-elected to the board for his fourth term. Mr. Lynch is a commercial real estate lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina and brings more than 30 years of experience to his commercial real estate practice. Craig’s primary commercial real estate clients include health care providers, organizations expanding across the country, franchisees of national brands, and foreign entities pursuing in-bound U.S. real estate opportunities. Craig received his BS, summa cum laude, from Florida State University and his JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charles Raynal  was elected to the board and is in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina office. Charles litigates business cases in federal and state courts, arbitrations and government agency proceedings. He also has extensive experience representing public and private companies and has successfully defended clients in multi-plaintiff and class action lawsuits in state and federal courts in many different jurisdictions around the country. In addition, Mr. Raynal has significant experience representing clients in a range of real estate litigation matters. Charles earned his BA from Davidson College and his JD from Wake Forest University.

Mr. Lynch and Mr. Raynal join existing board members Jimmy Greene, Charlotte, NC; Tom Griffin, Charlotte, NC; Ray Jones, Columbia, SC; Russell Killen, Raleigh, NC and Stacy Wood, Charlotte, NC.

New Partners
The partners of Parker Poe have voted to elect the following three lawyers to the firm’s partnership:

Ashley Edwards practices in the Litigation Department, Creditor’s Rights & Financial Restructuring Practice Group, in the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina office. Ashley has successfully represented creditors in all aspects of commercial debt collection and loss mitigation, including loan restructuring, bankruptcy, litigation and post-judgment execution. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, national, regional and community banks, nontraditional lenders, finance companies, lessors and manufacturers. Ashley was a Finalist for the Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Awards, YP Business Leader – Small to Midsized Company, 2016. Prior to joining Parker Poe, Ms. Edwards clerked for the Honorable J. Craig Whitley of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of North Carolina. Ashley received her BA, cum laude, from Wake Forest University and her JD from Emory University.

LaToya Parker (formerly LaToya Brown) practices in the Real Estate & Commercial Development Practice Group in the Charlotte office. LaToya handles transactions involving the acquisition, sale, development, leasing and financing of real estate, including office, retail, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use and hotel projects, condominiums and planned communities, and easements and rights-of-way. Her clients include land developers, landowners, home builders, automobile dealerships, landlords, tenants, financial institutions and utility companies. LaToya is recognized for her natural ability to connect with clients and her methodical, solution-oriented approach to transactions. LaToya received her BA with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from Vanderbilt University.

Shalanna Pirtle practices in the Regulatory Department, Employment and Benefits Practice Group, in the Charlotte office. She represents management-side clients in all industries and aspects of the employment relationship. An analytical advisor with intuitive problem solving skills, Shalanna concentrates her practice in the areas of employment counseling, internal investigations and litigation. Shalanna is admitted to practice before the state courts of North Carolina and Georgia (pending), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina. She earned her BA from Indiana University and her JD from the University of Georgia.

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.