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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 […]


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 [...]


Patricia Robinson joins the Education Law Section at Tharrington Smith

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


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.


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.


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 …


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”).


Education Lawyers support the NCSBA Law Conference

Five Tharrington Smith attorneys participated in the North Carolina School Boards Association April Law Conference


Tharrington Smith hosts NC Reception at the 75th NSBA Annual Conference

TS will sponsor a reception for North Carolina school board members in Nashville at the 2015 NSBA conference.


Tharrington Smith Education Attorneys Successfully Defend School Board Against Suit Seeking Confidential Records

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Lucy Inman has issued an order in favor of Tharrington Smith client, the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education, dismissing a lawsuit filed against it by the Times News Publishing Company.