LE 2017 Winner: Business
Gregory S. Connor
The Connor Law Firm PLLC | Raleigh
“I actually really do like action comic-book movies, mainly because my two boys and I enjoy watching them together, but also because it places in stark contrast the dichotomy between good and evil.”
Vita: 46; born in Bethesda, Md.; bachelor’s from Boston College and law degree from Duke University; married with three children.
Why he chose to specialize in this field: I love working with entrepreneurs and business owners by assisting them in growing and protecting their businesses.
Memorable case: A commercial litigation case that my wife and I tried together (she’s an attorney as well) in Moore County. We had great fun working together.
What he’d be if not a lawyer: I would probably be a physician, like my father.
Favorite place: The ocean and beach anywhere.
Hero: Atticus Finch.
Recent reading: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie.
Netflix obsession: My wife and I binge-watched all six seasons of Downton Abbey.
Passions: My family, running and world history.
Don’t ask him to: Sky dive — a little fear of heights.
2017 Business winners:
Gregory S. Connor, The Connor Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh; J. Mitchell Aberman, James, McElroy and Diehl PA, Charlotte; W. Sidney Aldridge, Nicholls & Crampton PA, Raleigh; Alexander R. Atchison, Young Moore and Henderson PA, Raleigh; Beth Ferebee Atkins, Howard, Stallings, From, Hutson, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA, New Bern; Kent E. Auberry, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro; John Babcock, Wall Babcock LLP, Winston-Salem; Trey Baker, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte; Abbie Baynes, Gardner Skelton PLLC, Charlotte; William P. Bray, Bray & Long PLLC, Charlotte; Patrick S. Bryant, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Kenneth G. Carroll, Morningstar Law Group, Research Triangle Park; Matthew A. Cordell, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh; Galen G. Craun III, Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; John M. Cross Jr., Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro; Fred B. Davenport Jr., Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington; G. Stephen Diab, Murchison, Taylor & Gibson PLLC, Wilmington; Amber R. Duncan, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charlotte/Greensboro; W. Curtis Elliott Jr., Culp Elliott & Carpenter PLLC, Charlotte; Caren D. Enloe, Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers LLP, Raleigh; Don T. Evans Jr., Clark, Newton & Evans PA, Wilmington; James R. Faucher, Benson, Brown & Faucher PLLC, Greensboro; Kerry A. Friedman, Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore PA, Asheville; Gregory Gach, Gach & Nolen PLLC, Charlotte; M. Heath Gilbert Jr., Baucom, Claytor, Benton, Morgan & Wood PA, Charlotte; Arey W. Grady III, Sumrell, Sugg, Carmichael, Hicks & Hart PA, New Bern; William B. Gwyn Jr., Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Christopher E. Hannum, Culp Elliott & Carpenter PLLC, Charlotte; Jimmie B. Hicks Jr., Sumrell, Sugg, Carmichael, Hicks & Hart PA, New Bern; Daniel E. Hitchcock, Adams Hendon Carson Crow & Saenger PA, Asheville; Steven A. Hockfield, Erdman and Hockfield LLP, Charlotte; Philip R. Isley, Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley PA , Raleigh; Gene Jones, Morningstar Law Group, Research Triangle Park; Jesse H. Jones, Forrest Firm PC, Raleigh; G. William Joyner III, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem; Robert D. Kidwell, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charlotte/Greensboro; Stephen F. Later, Robbins May & Rich LLP, Pinehurst; David K. Liggett, Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh; Ashe Lockhart, Lockhart PLLC, Charlotte; Harrison A. Lord, Bernhardt and Strawser PA, Charlotte; E. Lynwood Mallard, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; Hank Mangum, Davis Mangum PLLC, Greensboro; J. Adam Martin, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Chapel Hill; Carolyn P. Meade, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Brandy Milazzo, Milazzo Schaffer Webb Law PLLC, Charlotte; Doug Miller, Cogentrix Energy Power Management LLC, Charlotte; Anna S. Mills, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, Charlotte; Stephen H. Morris, Essex Richards PA, Charlotte; William G. “Bill” Pappas, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Raleigh; Amanda R. Pickens, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte; Lonnie M. Player Jr., Law Offices of Lonnie M. Player Jr. PLLC, Fayetteville; Kevin A. Prakke, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; H. Vaughan Ramsey, Tuggle Duggins PA, Greensboro; Larry E. Robbins, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Marvin L. Rogers, McGuireWoods LLP, Charlotte; Wade B. Sample Jr., Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Joseph J. Santaniello, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte; Carol K. Silverstein, Silverstein & Cook PA, Raleigh; James H. Slaughter, Black, Slaughter & Black PA , Greensboro; Bettie Kelley Sousa, Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers LLP, Raleigh; Joseph H. “Joe” Stallings, Howard, Stallings, From, Hutson, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA, Raleigh; Nathan Standley, Allen & Pinnix PA, Raleigh; Brian T. Sullivan, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Franklin Scott Templeton, Robinson & Lawing LLP, Winston-Salem; William M. Wilcox IV, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro; Robert B. Womble, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh; Keith A. Wood, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro