The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) held its 42nd Annual Meeting the weekend of June 13-16, 2019, in Asheville, NC, swearing in a new slate of Officers and Directors at the close of the meeting.
F. Lach Zemp was elected President. Zemp, a partner of Roberts & Stevens, P.A., has over 25 years of experience trying cases and representing a variety of professional, outdoor-recreation, industry, and business interests in state and federal courts. He obtained his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1990.
Lawrence M. Baker is immediate Past President of the Association. Baker practices with Wilson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA in the firm’s Charlotte office. He has been practicing insurance defense litigation in Charlotte, NC since 1990. Larry handle workers’ compensation and civil litigation matters at both trial and appellate levels. He received his J.D. from Wake Forest University Law School in 1990.
Allen C. Smith assumes the position of President-elect. Smith is a partner with Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garafalo, LLP in Charlotte. He is the leader of the Trucking and Transportation Practice Group and devotes much of his time to defending serious personal injury and wrongful death claims associated with truck accidents and major vehicle negligence. He also defends product liability, construction defect, and premises liability claims. Smith obtained his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992. He previously served a three-year term on the Board of Directors and one year as Secretary.
Smith was instrumental in securing engaging and informative content and speaker for the two-day CLE program, including nationally renowned speaker and attorney Larry Pozner. Additional speakers included Laura Mahr who presented on maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Other panelists and speakers offered trial strategy and briefed members on current trends and recent decisions.
Sara R. Lincoln was elected Executive Vice President. Lincoln is a partner with Lincoln Derr, PLLC in Charlotte. She has an active trial practice ranging from medical malpractice defense to complex business litigation. Lincoln obtained her J.D. in 1993 from the University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude. She has previously served a three-year term on the Board of Directors , and was chair of the Association’s Women Litigators Committee and the Medical Malpractice Group.
Ashley K. Brathwaite was re-elected as Treasurer. Brathwaite practices with Ellis & Winters, LLP. Her practice is divided between the representation of health care providers, product manufacturers and distributors, and others facing allegations of liability for a catastrophic personal injury. She obtained her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in 2005. Brathwaite has served on the Board since 2015 and previously chaired and co-chaired the Women Litigators Committee.
Chris Kiger was elected Secretary. Chris practices with Smith Anderson, LLP. His focus is in the areas of products liability, mass tort, and commercial litigation. He has significant experience representing manufacturers, insurers, and other corporate clients in both state and federal courts, as well as in multi-district litigation. He has successfully handled the defense of litigation involving a broad array of automotive, industrial, consumer, and medical products.
The NCADA welcomed the following new members to the Board of Directors to serve a three-year term ending in 2022:
Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. This Award was established in 2018 to recognize members who have demonstrated over their career sustained excellence advocating for their clients in legal proceedings while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism. This award recognizes members who are eminently qualified to advocate for clients in state and federal courtrooms. They are considered by the NCADA as among the finest trial lawyers in the state. Not only have they consistently obtained favorable results for their clients, they have done so while exhibiting a command of the skills necessary to obtain such results. Importantly, their accomplishments were brought about without sacrificing any of the high ethical and moral standards espoused by the NCADA.
Please nominate a present or past member of the NCADA for consideration as a possible recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy that will be presented at the Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019. Your letter of nomination should be addressed to Kenneth Kyre, Chair, Awards Committee, c/o Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, NCADA, 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609. Alternately, the nomination may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter should reference the "Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy" and include the name and current address of your nominee, along with supporting information and any appropriate documentation you believe will help the Awards Committee in making a recommendation to the Board of Directors. Your letter must be received at the Raleigh office no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.
Criteria: The recipient shall be a present, or former, member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys who has distinguished themselves during career by demonstrating outstanding commitment to trial and appellate advocacy.
Nomination and Selection: Nominations shall be by current members of the NCADA
The Awards Committee shall receive all nominations in confidence. It shall review the nominations, and if a recipient is selected, shall confidentially recommend a recipient of the Award to the Board of Directors of the NCADA. If the Award recipient is approved by the Board of Directors, the Awards Committee shall prepare an outline of the presentation to be made by the President of the NCADA at the Annual Meeting, and shall obtain the Award on behalf of the NCADA for presentation.
The Award is intended as a special recognition, and it is not necessary that an Award be given as often as annually.
Inaugural Recipient: Samuel G. "Sammy" Thompson
Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence. This award, named in honor of the life and career of J. Robert Elster, the second president and a founding member of the Association, recognizes NCADA members who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics, and conduct herself, or himself, in a civil, courteous manner with all persons.
Please nominate a present or past member of the NCADA for consideration as a possible recipient of the Award for Professional Excellence that will be presented at the Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019. Your letter of nomination should be addressed to Kenneth Kyre, Chair, Awards Committee, c/o Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, NCADA, 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609. Alternately, the nomination may be emailed to email@example.com. The letter should reference the "J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence," include the name and current address of your nominee, along with supporting information and any appropriate documentation you believe will help the Awards Committee in making a recommendation to the Board of Directors. Your letter must be received at the Raleigh office no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.
Criteria: The recipient shall be a present, or former, member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. The recipient must exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics, and conduct herself, or himself, 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.
Other factors that may be considered are involvement in judicial or other professional educational activities; participation in activities that improve the civil justice system; and such other criteria as the Board or Awards Committee shall determine to be important to the extraordinary achievement intended to be recognized by this Award.
The terms of five current members of the NCADA Board of Directors will expire in June 2019. Nominations for the five vacant Director positions are now being accepted to serve a three year term beginning at the close of the 2019 Annual Meeting through the close of the 2022 Annual Meeting.
Director responsibilities include:
To qualify for a position on the NCADA Board of Directors, the nominee should
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 or write to the Nominating Committee in care of Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or U.S. Mail: 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609).
Nominations must be received no later than Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5 p.m.
NCADA welcomes 17 new members in January! Please take a moment to check out the list below and see who you know. Don't know anyone? Check out their firm and make a new connection!
Ryan M. Arnold
Gallivan White & Boyd, PA
Harris Creech Ward & Blackerby, PA
McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PLLC
Ann K. Cosper
Simpson Law Firm PLLC
Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP
Ellis & Winters, LLP
J. William Graebe
Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP
Smith Anderson, LLP
Gregory Scott Horner
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Katie Terry Jefferson
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP
Benjamin Charles McManus
Garrison Law Group, PLLC
David A. PasleySmith Anderson LLP
Michael E. Phillips
Hagwood & Tipton, P.C.
Caroline StuttsSimpson Law Firm
McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PA
Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP
Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP
On September 28, NCADA held the biennial Fall Seminar and Judicial Candidates' Forum. Videos of the candidates' statements and assigned questions are now available for viewing. Please click here to be redirected to the Judicial Forum Page.
Raleigh, NC, October 8, 2018 --- 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 Associate Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the N.C. Defense Fund endorses:
The NC Defense Fund made the decision to endorse each judicial candidate based on the following criteria:
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.
NCADA will hold its biennial Judicial Candidates' Forum on Friday, September 28 at the Grandover in Greensboro, NC. Expected to attend are the 11 candidates for the four open appellate court seats. Each candidate will answer a pre-prepared question and will be available to take questions from those in attendance.
Below is the link to the special edition of The Resource with candidates' biographies. Please share this with your colleagues.
Special edition of The Resource
Chief Justice Martin has entered an order extending time for filings in our counties that are subject to the mandatory evacuation.
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