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Two Tharrington Smith Lawyers Inducted to Rising Stars Inaugural Class

We are pleased to announce that Mary Aiken Barrow and Melissa Michaud have been inducted to the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Stars inaugural class in 2019. Recognizing lawyers who graduated from law school within the last decade, Rising Stars seeks to introduce young lawyers who have gone beyond and above, both through prior careers that brought them to the law and through meteoric service and success during the first decade of law practice. Just 30 lawyers were recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Stars in its inaugural class. Mary Aiken Barrow is a self-competitive athlete whose drive is destined to take her career to places most lawyers could only hope to aspire to. She is the firm’s youngest family law partner. At just six years of practice, Ms. Barrow became a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. She is a former Campbell Law School Mock Trial Team Coach, and served as the Wake County Bar Association Food Drive Firm Coordinator, the Wake County Bar Association Clothing Drive Firm Coordinator, the Triangle Associates Fund Drive for Legal Aid Firm Coordinator, and as a North Carolina Bar Association Family Forum Case Summary Contributor. She participates in the North Carolina Bar Association Professionalism for New Attorneys CLE as a Presenter and as a University of North Carolina School of Law Family Law Practice Seminar Guest Lecturer. Mary Aiken earned her law degree from Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012 and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology […]

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Awards Named for Tharrington Smith Attorneys Granted in 2019

We are happy to share with you that the Criminal Justice Section and Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association have granted awards named in honor of two Tharrington Smith attorneys in 2019. The Criminal Justice Section’s annual award is the Wade M. Smith Award. The Education Law Section’s award is the Ann L. Majestic Distinguished Service Award. In late January, the Wade M. Smith Award was bestowed upon Claire J. Rauscher of the multijurisdictional, 1,000 plus member law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson. The Ann L. Majestic Distinguished Service Award was bestowed on Janine Murphy of the North Carolina School Board Association this month. Established in 2008, the Criminal Justice Section issues two meritorious awards annually. Directed to the prosecutorial side of criminal justice is an award named for Peter S. Gilchrist III, Mecklenburg’s infamous 20th-century veteran District Attorney. The Wade M. Smith Award is bestowed upon a criminal defense attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession and is named for Tharrington Smith’s co-founding partner. Now in its 11th year, Ms. Rauscher is the first woman attorney to receive the award. The Education Law Section posthumously renamed its merit award for a long time Tharrington Smith partner following her untimely death in 2014 and is now known as the Ann L. Majestic Distinguished Service Award. The 2019 honoree of the Ann L. Majestic Distinguished Service Award is Janine Murphy, Assistant General Counsel to the North Carolina School Board Association. This service award is not given […]

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18 Tharrington Smith Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2019

The Raleigh law firm of Tharrington Smith LLP is pleased to announce that 13 of its lawyers have been named to 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers™, and five have been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars: Hill Allen, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Lynn Burleson, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Melissa Hill, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Evan Horwitz, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Douglas Kingsbery, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rod Malone, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Steve Mansbery, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars Jaye Meyer, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Melissa Michaud, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars Adam Mitchell, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Fred Morelock, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Stephen Rawson, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars Jeffrey Russell, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars Colin Shive, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars Roger W. Smith, Jr., North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Wade Smith, North Carolina Super Lawyers™, Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers™, Top 25 Raleigh Super Lawyers™ Kenneth A. Soo, North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Alice Stubbs, North Carolina Super Lawyers™, Top 50 Women North Carolina Super Lawyers™ In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers™, a rigorous, multiphase process is employed. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. Super Lawyers™ inducts only 5% of the attorneys in any given state. Hill Allen has been selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers™ continuously since 2009. Mr. Allen focuses his practice on […]

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Three Attorneys Join Tharrington Smith

We are happy to share with you that David Noland and Catherine Laney have have joined the firm’s education law team, and Melanie Pfeifer has joined the family law section. David Noland comes to the firm from the great state of New York. He is an experienced education litigator and advocate. He is a graduate magna cum laude of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Associate Editor of the Cardozo Law Review. He holds an undergraduate degree in Government and Legal Studies and Sociology from Bowdoin College in Maine. Prior to joining Tharrington Smith, David was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where his practice focused on complex litigation, including shareholder class actions, antitrust litigation, and white collar investigations. David was counsel of record in a landmark constitutional challenge to the state educational funding system in Connecticut. The multi-year litigation culminated in a five month trial, followed by an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court. In connection with his work on the Connecticut litigation, David served as a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School during the Spring 2018 semester. Melanie Pfeifer is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where she served as a staff member for the North Carolina Law Review and served as a Certified Student Practitioner at the Immigration Clinic. She holds a Masters of International Studies with a concentration […]

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Lindsay Vance Smith and Casey Fidler Join Tharrington Smith

The Raleigh law firm of Tharrington Smith LLP is pleased to welcome Lindsay Vance Smith and Casey Fidler to the firm as associates. Lindsay Vance Smith is a graduate with high honors from University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, where she served as staff member and editor of North Carolina Law Review., She holds a Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing from North Carolina State University. Prior to law school, Lindsay was a teacher of literature and creative writing at both the primary and secondary education levels. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Albert Diaz at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and spent two years as a litigation associate at the Washington, D.C., office of a global law firm. Lindsay joined the firm’s Education Law Section in late summer. Casey Fidler is a 2017 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board and student advocate in the Elder Law Clinic. She holds a BA with highest distinction in Journalism and Mass Communication with a second major in Political Science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Casey joined the Family Law Section upon being sworn to the North Carolina State Bar early this fall. Tharrington Smith LLP is one of the most widely respected firms in North Carolina and has cultivated a positive reputation that reaches across the nation. The [...]

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Patricia Robinson joins the Education Law Section at Tharrington Smith

Patricia Robinson has joined the firm’s Education Law Section as an associate.

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Gretchen Cleevely Joins the Education Law Section

We are pleased to announce that Gretchen Cleevely has joined the firm’s Education Law Section as an associate.

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Tharrington Smith Welcomes Maura O’Keefe to the Education Law Section

We are pleased to announce that Maura O’Keefe has become associated with the firm. She has joined the firm’s education law section.

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Troubleshooting Contracts for Cloud-Based Products and Services

One of the most significant (and accelerating) technology trends in public education is the use of cloud-based products and services …

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School Systems and the Affordable Care Act: Current Issues

As of January 1, 2015, school systems statewide are required to comply with the “Employer Mandate” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).