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Business North Carolina Names 10 Parker Poe Attorneys Among 2018 Legal Elite

  • January 02, 2018

Charlotte, N.C. – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce 10 of its attorneys have been named among Business North Carolina magazine’s 2018 Legal Elite. Every North Carolina attorney has a chance to vote on the Legal Elite, resulting in a list the magazine describes as “the lawyers their peers think are the state’s best practitioners in their fields.”

Less than 3 percent of all practicing attorneys in the state were selected this year. Below are the Parker Poe attorneys and the fields they were recognized in.

Bill Pappas is a partner in Parker Poe’s Raleigh office. Throughout his 30-year career, Bill has provided results-oriented corporate counsel to national and international clients in the life sciences, manufacturing, pharmaceutical-related, health care, and investment industries.

Skip Smart is a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office. Skip provides seasoned transactional advice and corporate counseling to both private and public companies in a wide range of industries, and he has an extensive mergers and acquisitions practice.

Russell Killen is a partner in the Raleigh office and serves on Parker Poe’s board of directors. Russell focuses his practice in the area of construction and land development, including dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and project entitlement.

Brian Cromwell is a partner in the Charlotte office. Brian counsels clients on regulatory enforcement issues, white collar criminal defense, civil litigation, fintech, and internal investigations.

Stacy Wood is a partner in the Charlotte office and serves on Parker Poe’s board of directors. Stacy has been defending employers and educational institutions successfully for more than 25 years, with a focus on discrimination, harassment, and ERISA litigation.

Mary Katherine Stukes is a partner in the Charlotte office. Mary Katherine focuses her practice on environmental matters, successfully representing  clients in litigation and regulatory compliance matters and advising clients on environmental issues involved in all types of business transactions.

Steve Weber is a partner in the Charlotte office who leads the firm’s Environmental team. Steve focuses his practice on environmental, administrative, and municipal law, as well as class action litigation.

Intellectual Property
Will Cannon is a partner in the Raleigh office who leads the firm’s Education industry team. Will helps clients negotiate technology contracts and safeguard their intellectual property rights. His work includes managing the trademark portfolios of universities across North Carolina.

Chris Thomas is a partner in the Raleigh office. Chris concentrates his practice on disputes concerning intellectual property rights, including trademarks, trade secrets, patents, copyrights, domain names, rights of publicity, false advertising, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Tax & Estate Planning
Andrew Dana is a partner in the Charlotte office. Andrew provides direct and efficient counsel with the goal of minimizing taxes, safeguarding assets, and assisting families in achieving the goals they set for themselves.

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has more than 200 lawyers in seven offices located in major markets across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The firm provides legal counsel to some of the largest companies and local governments in the region.

Parker Poe is a member of TerraLex, one of the world’s leading international legal networks. With 155 member law firms and more than 17,000 attorneys in 100 countries, TerraLex members provide the legal resources and expertise needed to conduct seamless business worldwide.