• 03 Dec 2018 12:58 PM | Deleted user

    NCADA Member, G. Gray Wilson, sworn in as President of the North Carolina Bar

    Winston-Salem attorney G. Gray Wilson of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough was sworn in as President of the North Carolina State Bar at the State Bar's Annual Dinner on October 25, 2018. Wilson, a cum laude graduate of Davidson College and graduate of Duke University Law School, has been a member of the NCADA since 1981. 

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  • 15 Oct 2018 12:18 PM | Deleted user

    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.

  • 08 Oct 2018 12:39 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    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 the Jackson Seat: Barbara A. Jackson for re-election to the Court.

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

    • For the Arrowood Seat: John S. Arrowood and Andrew T. Heath for election to the Court.
    • For the Calabria Seat: Jefferson G. Griffin for election to the Court.

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

    • Substantial exposure to or appreciation of issues involved in civil litigation;
    • Commitment to the evenhanded application of the rules governing our courts;
    • An outstanding reputation in the legal community;
    • An outstanding record of judicial achievement or possession of the potential to be an outstanding judge.

    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.


  • 26 Sep 2018 1:49 PM | Deleted user

    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 

  • 17 Sep 2018 4:02 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Chief Justice Martin has entered an order extending time for filings in our counties that are subject to the mandatory evacuation.

  • 11 Sep 2018 9:38 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    As Hurricane Florence takes aim at North Carolina, we realize the impact this unprecedented occurrence will have on our members, in both their personal and professional lives. We have already canceled one event ahead of the storm, and urge all of you to exercise safety and caution in the days ahead. Hopefully, each of you has prepared, in the best possible manner, for the potential interruption to your businesses, as well as personal lives. The NCADA, as an organization, intends to lend support wherever possible in the aftermath of the hurricane.

    Realizing that members and firms will be affected differently depending on their location and the ultimate path of the storm, we would like to have our members already thinking about ways to assist fellow NCADA firms. Therefore, as you take measures to prepare for the storm, keep in mind ways that you may assist other members if you are not impacted as greatly as others may be. It is our hope that those firms most severely impacted might have access to needed spare furniture, printers, office supplies, and even office space by those members who are not as severely affected.

    If the storm has as much impact on the state as predicted, the NCADA will be reaching out to you in the days and weeks after the storm to assess the various needs in continuing and, in some cases perhaps even rebuilding, their legal practice. For those of you who are not affected as greatly, we will be reaching out to you for help for our brethren more adversely impacted. This may take the form of donating supplies and space, as well as monetary contributions.

    Our organization consists of hundreds of wonderful attorneys and individuals. I’m confident that our members will assist their fellow comrades to every extent possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, especially those on the coast, as you prepare for this storm.

    Lawrence M. Baker

  • 11 Sep 2018 4:25 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Did you know that Lawyers Mutual has a wealth of resources available to help you and your firm prepare should disaster strike?  As we are preparing for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, here are some practical resources to help you prepare and recover.

    Other Resources:

  • 28 Jun 2018 1:29 PM | Deleted user

    Sammy Thompson recipient of the 2018
     Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

    Samuel (Sammy) G. Thompson is the recipient of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy at the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) Annual Meeting in Hilton Head, SC on June 18, 2018. This newly created award is prestigious, and as the first receiver of the award, Thompson sets a high bar for future recipients.

    Awardees of the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy are members who have demonstrated over their career sustained excellence advocating for their clients in legal proceedings while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and 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. Thompson has exemplified these qualities through tireless support and effort for and of his clients.

    For his professional endeavors, Thompson has been awarded multiple honors, including:

    • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina State Litigation Star (2015-2018)
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2006-2018)
    • Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Litigation: Healthcare & Medical Malpractice (2015-2017)
    • Honoree, Top 100 Lawyers list and listed, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice category, North Carolina Super Lawyers
    • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2018)

    Additionally, Thompson has worked assiduously to better the community around him as was demonstrated by his induction into the Wake County Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame. Other notable affiliations include:

    • Defense Research Institute
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys
    • Former President and present Member, Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County
    • Former Chair and Member, Board of Directors of Family Violence Prevention Center (INTERACT)

    Thompson received his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a partner at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, NC., and is a founding member of the NCADA and served as president of the organization from 1986 to 1987.

    North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) is a professional organization of over 800 attorneys and paralegals who devote a majority of their time representing the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. Visit us at .

  • 28 Jun 2018 1:25 PM | Deleted user


    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.

    North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) is a professional organization of nearly 800 attorneys and paralegals who devote a majority of the their time representing the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. Visit us at .

  • 21 Jun 2018 2:32 PM | Deleted user

    The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) held its 41st Annual Meeting the weekend of June 14-17, 2018, in Hilton Head, SC, swearing in a new slate of Officers and Directors at the close of the meeting.

    Lawrence M. Baker was confirmed as the 41st President of the Association. Baker practices with Willson 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.

    F. Lach Zemp assumes the position of President-Elect. 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.

    Zemp served as program chair this year and was instrumental in securing engaging and informative content and speaker for the two-day CLE program, including nationally renowned attorney Bill Kanasky. Breakout sessions for the program included topics relating to Construction and Commercial Law, General Liability, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Government Liability, and Workers’ Compensation. The diverse group of panelists and speakers offered trial strategy and briefed members on current trends and recent decisions.

    Dayatra T. Matthews is immediate Past President. Matthews is Senior Vice President of Legal & Compliance for the Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh. As SVP, she ensures all Credit Union business is conducted in compliance with relevant state and federal laws and regulations. Matthews received her J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1997.

    Allen C. Smith was elected to the office of Executive Vice President. 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, one year as Secretary, and one year as Treasurer.

    Ashley K. Brathwaite was 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.

    Sara R. Lincoln was re-elected Secretary. 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.

    The NCADA welcomed the following new members to the Board of Directors to serve a three-year term ending in 2021:

    About the NCADA: North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) is a professional organization of over 800 attorneys and paralegals who devote a majority of their time representing the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. For more information about the NCADA, please contact (919)239-4463 or visit

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