• 20 Mar 2023 12:57 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    MEET:  Danielle Barbour Wilson

    Danielle Wilson is a principal with The Banks Law Firm, the largest minority-owned law firms in North Carolina, with a practice focus in Employment Law. A 2009 graduate of Emory University School of Law, she has been a member of NCADA since 2012 and is a past member of the Board of Directors.

    What drew you to the practice of law and to a litigation and trial practice?  
    My college scholarship was for public speaking, so I was naturally drawn to trial practice. I was also a huge CourtTV junkie (my dad got me an old school satellite radio for my car so I could listen to it while driving!)—I really felt I had no choice but to become a lawyer.

    How has membership in NCADA benefited your professional life?NCADA has connected me with not just only good lawyers, but great people. I take comfort in knowing that I am connected with a great group of folks who are always eager to serve as a resource to me in the practice.

    What would you do if you were not a lawyer?
    Probably something on the business side of the entertainment industry.

    What is your favorite legal movie or TV show and why?
    Philadelphia hands down. Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) reluctantly took on an employment discrimination case for Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) and brought forth justice when no one else would take the case. The movie has always resonated with me, but it’s even more compelling now that I am an employment lawyer.

    What excites you the most right now?
    These days, I’m most excited by getting hugs and kisses from my rambunctious 19-month old who is a total daddy’s girl!

    What is one piece of professional or life advice you would tell your younger self?
    No matter what you’re doing, you should find enjoyment in the process—not just the outcome. If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing, then do something else.

    Say hello to Danielle and connect today!

  • 16 Mar 2023 11:47 AM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    NCADA collected more than 100 children's books at the 2022 Fall Seminar as a public service project. The books were donated to the Albemarle Regional Library System (ARLNC) for use among its seven libraries in Bertie, Gates, Hertford, and Northampton Counties in northeastern North Carolina.

    The ARLNC serves a population of less than 75,000 people in the combined counties. Working with ARLNC Director Hugh Davis, we were able to share children's books among the libraries operating in the system.

    We will partner with ARLNC again this year collecting children's books and donations in advance and day of the 2023 Fall Seminar on Friday, October 6, 2023 in Greensboro.  Save the Date and start collecting!

  • 20 Feb 2023 10:18 AM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Recognize a colleague, mentor or peer you hold in high esteem for the J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence and the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy this year.

    Present and past members of the NC Association of Defense Attorneys are eligible for consideration as a possible recipient for one of these awards. Recipients will be recognized during the 2023 Annual Meeting during the weekend of June 8-11.

    Deadline for submission is Monday, March 27, 2023. Your letter of nomination should be addressed to Brian Beverly, Chair, Awards Committee, c/o Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, NCADA, by email.

    Learn more about the J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence and the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy and nominate someone you hold in high esteem.

    A list of Past Recipients may be found here.

  • 20 Feb 2023 10:04 AM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Nominations Accepted for NCADA Board of Directors & Practice Group Leadership

    The terms of five current members of the NCADA Board of Directors will expire in June 2023. Nominations for the five vacant Director positions are now being accepted to serve a three year term beginning at the close of the 2023 Annual Meeting through the close of the 2026 Annual Meeting.

    Director responsibilities include:

    • Regular attendance and participation at quarterly meetings of the Board;
    • Membership recruitment and retention;
    • Contributing and participating in Association programs and services;
    • Other individual responsibilities as required.

    To qualify for a position on the NCADA Board of Directors, the nominee should

    • Be a member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys; and
    • Shown commitment and support of the NCADA through regular attendance at the NCADA's Annual Meeting, other programs and activities.

    Leadership opportunities in the NCADA’s Practice Groups are open for nominations. Members interested in the continued growth and relevance of the NCADA through its practice groups will be considered for leadership positions in the following areas of practice: Construction, Commercial, Employment, General Liability, Government, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Workers’ Compensation.

    The following information should be included in the nomination:

    1) Member Name, Firm, contact information and a brief biographical sketch;

    2) Brief statement by the nominee of his or her availability and commitment to actively serve as a member of the Board, or as a practice group leader;

    3) Brief statement why nominee would like to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, or as a practice group leader.

    Persons interested in submitting a nomination may E mail the Nominating Committee in care of Lynette Pitt, Executive Director (E mail:

    Nominations must be received no later than Monday, March 13, 2023, 5 p.m.

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  • 31 Jan 2023 9:01 AM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Karen Stiles, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, has been appointed to serve as a member of the NCADA's Board of Directors. Karen will complete an unexpired term ending in June 2024.

    "Karen Stiles has been a valuable and engaged member of the NCADA for years, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with her as a thought leader on our Board of Directors," notes Ashley Brathwaite, the current President of the NCADA.

    A member since 2002, Karen previously served as chair of the Medical Malpractice Group. Karen’s practice is focused primarily on defending medical malpractice cases and catastrophic personal injury litigation. She is a partner on Shumaker's Medical Malpractice team in Charlotte.

  • 29 Dec 2022 11:05 AM | Deleted user

    The North Carolina legal community lost a colleague on December 19, 2022, when he was shot by his own client during a personal injury mediation. He left behind a wife and two young children. As a legal community, we would like to support his family. Below is information on how you can financially contribute to them during their time of immense grief.

    The White Family requests donations in memory of Patrick White be made to the Hayes Barton United Methodist Church’s Growing in Love Fund (GIL), which provides financial assistance to members and their families experiencing emergencies and crises. Checks should be made payable to Hayes Barton UMC with “GIL – The White Family” noted in the memo line, and mailed to Hayes Barton UMC, Attn: Business Office, 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608. Alternatively, contributions can be made online at Online Giving. Please choose The Growing in Love Fund in the select a fund drop down box and note “GIL – The White Family” in the optional memo box. Molly, Zeke, and Phoebe thank you for your kindness, generosity, and prayers during this difficult time.

    If you or someone you know is in need of counseling, please contact NC Lawyers Assistance Program or BarCares.

  • 22 Dec 2022 10:35 AM | Deleted user

    Editor’s Note: We are all saddened by the circumstances and tragic loss earlier this week of attorney Patrick White at the law firm of Riddle & Brantley in Goldsboro. We are in communication with other Bar groups about efforts to provide support and resources. This tragedy impacts us individually and as a profession.  Please take advantage of resources available to you through the NC Lawyers Assistance Program and BarCares if you need to talk confidentially to someone.  

    Life and work have resumed -- our new normal after the pandemic. In our various practices, the civil courts are working on the backlogs of cases that had been put on hold. We were also busy at the NCADA getting back to face-to-face meetings and working on new opportunities for members.

    Looking back at the last few months, we had a successful Annual Meeting in June for the first time in Wilmington, North Carolina. An outstanding CLE program was put together by program chair Chris Kiger, and our biennial Judicial Candidates’ Forum was chaired by Allen Smith. The opportunity to connect with old friends, meet new ones, and hear directly from our judiciary were highlights of the meeting.

    We adapted and pivoted again for our annual Fall Seminar in late September as the remnants of Hurricane Ian disrupted travel plans. A hale and hearty group of speakers, members and guests, and litigation support partners made it in-person and we were able to live-stream the event to close to 80 additional attendees online. Another new location for us at the Winston-Salem Convention Center helped make this a successful day.

    In addition to the popular expert webinars hosted by our litigation support partners, we had excellent attendance at our paralegal seminar on Thursday, December 8th. Our NCADA member paralegals and other attendees made it highly interactive and insightful by sharing comments and questions during the presentations. We heard from Kellie Myers about NC Judicial Branch’s eCourts initiative. Thank you to all the speakers and to our planners Shelli Simontacchi, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe Garofalo, and Nathan Hewitt, Hamlet Law. We are planning additional professional development opportunities specific to paralegals in 2023 based on the feedback from this session. 

    We are looking forward to more great events and activities for the NCADA in 2023.  As you plan your professional development goals for 2023, consider enrolling in the NCADA's new Business of Law pilot program. This is a fully virtual education program, which is based on the fundamentals of a mini-MBA curriculum, that will help you learn, understand, and immediately apply practical management skills and financial knowledge. Of course, this program and others for 2023 are available on the NCADA website. Take a look, mark your schedule, and plan to join us!

    We appreciate your ongoing support and participation in the NCADA. Please let us know how we can continue to value your practice and career development goals. And follow us on LinkedIn for more NCADA updates!

  • 02 Sep 2022 5:00 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    The Administrative Office of the Courts announces that eFiling is coming to North Carolina Courts! Training sessions will be offered both virtually and in person for File and Serve in September. Attorneys, paralegals, and legal staff may register now for virtual or in-person sessions.

    As part of the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s transformative eCourts initiative to take the state court system from paper to digital, the Odyssey Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) is projected to launch on October 10, 2022, in the four pilot counties of Harnett, Johnston, Lee, and Wake.

    Throughout the month of September, NCAOC will offer in-person and virtual training sessions for attorneys, paralegals, and legal staff. For more information on the eCourts initiative and training opportunities, visit

  • 18 Aug 2022 5:13 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    The N.C. Defense Fund, the political action committee of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, endorses the following candidates seeking seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals:

    For Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the N.C. Defense Fund endorses

    For Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the N.C. Defense Fund endorses:

    • For Seat 8:  No Endorsement.
    • For Seat 9:  Donna Stroud for re-election to the Court.
    • For Seat 10: John M. Tyson for re-election to the Court.
    • For Seat 11: Darren Jackson for election to the Court.

    The NC Defense Fund made the decision to endorse each judicial candidate based on the following criteria:

    • Substantial legal experience in and demonstrated understanding of civil litigation and issues recurrent in defense of claims;
    • A willingness to impartially apply the statutory law and rules as written and the common law, including the application of affirmative defenses, and the granting of dispositive motions when warranted;
    • A recognition of the legislature's exclusive role to enact statutes and the Court’s role in interpreting existing common law and statutes in a fair, consistent and predictable manner with respect for prior court rulings as compelled by stare decisis;
    • Exemplifying a high level of independence and integrity in applying the law impartially and in compliance with judicial standards and the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    The N.C. Defense Fund is the political action committee of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys [NCADA] is a professional association for lawyers and paralegals defending the interests of individuals and businesses in civil litigation. Current membership stands at over 850 attorneys and paralegals from across the State.

    For more information about the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, please contact the Association office at 919-239-4463.

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  • 20 Jun 2022 2:18 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    New Officers and Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 year were installed on Saturday morning, June 18, at the 45th Annual Meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina.  

    Ashley K. Brathwaite, Ellis & Winters, assumes the office of President.  Ashley moves into this role after serving as an officer for four years, and previously as a member of the Board of Directors.  

    Sara R. Lincoln, Lincoln Derr, is immediate past president.  Sara will continue as a member of the Association's executive committee. Sara is this year's recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. 

    Christopher Kiger, Smith Anderson, becomes President-elect after serving as Executive Vice President.  As Executive Vice President, Chris served as program chair of this year's stellar Annual Meeting programming.

    J. D. Keister, McAngus Goudelock & Courie, was elected to the position of Executive Vice President which leads to the role of President.  J.D. previously served as Treasurer.

    Erin Young, Hall Booth Smith PC, takes over the role of Treasurer.  Erin is a past member of the Board of Directors. 

    George Simpson, IV, will serve another year as Secretary.

    Joining the Board as Directors serving 3-years terms through 2025 are:

    Denaa Griffin, Jackson Lewis
    Scottie Lee, Ellis & Winters, LLP
    Charles McGee, Roberts & Stevens, P.A.
    Jasmine Pitt, Akerman
    Austin Walsh, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP

    Join us in welcoming these new leaders!

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