Ken Kyre Receives J. Robert Elster Award

28 Jun 2018 1:25 PM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)


Kenneth Kyre, Jr. Receives 2018 J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence

Kenneth Kyre, Jr., Partner at Pinto Coates Kyre & Bowers, PLLC was the 2018 recipient of the J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence at the 2018 NC Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Meeting, held in Hilton Head, SC June 14-18, 2018. 

The J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence recognizes NCADA members who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethics and who conduct themselves in a civil, courteous manner with all persons. The recipient must exemplify sustained excellent service to individual and corporate defendants in civil litigation, to the Bar and to the community.

Kyre, an NCADA member since 1994, served as president of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2008. He has also been a speaker and planner for the group and has served as Chair of the Products Liability Section. Additionally, Kyre is editor of the NCADA publication The Defender, and was instrumental in overhauling the NCADA’s website.

Kyre has several professional memberships and accolades to his name, including:

  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Joint Task Force on Judicial Selection, Member, 2008-2009
  • E-Discovery Committee, Member, 2008-2010
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer® in Civil Litigation Defense, 2006–2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer® (Corporate Counsel) in Civil Litigation Defense, 2008-2018
  • AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Assistant Editor, LexisNexis Practice Guide: North Carolina Insurance Litigation (2018 Edition).
  • Author, “North Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association,” Chapter 11 of LexisNexis Practice Guide: North Carolina Insurance Litigation (2018 Edition)
  • Author, “North Carolina Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association,” Chapter 12 of LexisNexis Practice Guide: North Carolina Insurance Litigation (2018 Edition)
  • Co-Author, “The Applicability of the North Carolina Products Liability Statute of Repose to Disease-Based Claims,” 16 The Defender 3-15 (Winter 2008) (publication of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys)
  • Exceptional Performance Citation for 2007–2008 awarded by the Defense Research Institute

He was nominated by his partners in part because, as they wrote: [The qualifications for the award] “look like a summary of Ken’s professional career.”

Kyre received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC in 1974 and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1977.

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