Legal Elite – Young Guns 2012
YOUNG GUNS (BEST UNDER 40) WINNER
J. CHRISTIAN STEVENSON, Kirk Palmer & Thigpen PA, Charlotte
I’ve served on the board of directors for Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas Inc. for the past three years and have been involved with my church in a variety of capacities. I coached YMCA girls’ soccer for five consecutive seasons, served as a class of ‘93 agent for Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Annual Fund campaign and have volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for the past five years.
Vita: Born July 6, 1971, in Baltimore; bachelor’s from Lenoir-Rhyne University, master’s from Appalachian State University and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; wife and three children.
What he’d be if not a lawyer: I would love to work in higher education at the undergraduate level at a small college or university.
Memorable case: Some years ago, I represented the congregation of a local AME Zion Church in connection with the sale of the church property to a storage company. A unique aspect of the transaction involved the drafting and negotiation of an easement for a cemetery located on the subject property. I enjoyed my interaction with the members of the congregation and its leadership, as well as the challenge of negotiating an agreement that would meet the future needs of the church with respect to its continued use and access to the cemetery.
Passions: My family.
Favorite place: A tie between the Scottish highlands and Monterey Peninsula in California.
Recent reading: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s an incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and World War II hero.
Don’t ask him to: Fix anything around the house.
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YOUNG GUNS (BEST UNDER 40)
J. Christian Stevenson, Kirk Palmer & Thigpen PA, Charlotte
Norris A. Adams II, Essex Richards PA, Charlotte
Justin D. Bice, James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte
Ashley K. Brathwaite, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
Drew Brown, Benson, Brown & Faucher PLLC, Greensboro
Joshua D. Bryant, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
John Buford, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
Charles Coble, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
Jeffrey M. Davis, Higgins, Benjamin, Eagles & Adams PLLC, Greensboro
Stephen D. Feldman, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
Andrew B. Fisher, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Andrew L. Fitzgerald, Strauch, Fitzgerald & Green, Winston-Salem
Stephanie A. Gaston, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Raleigh
Garland G. Graham, Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC, Greensboro
Stephanie E. Greer Fulcher, K&L Gates LLP, Charlotte
Monica R. Guy, Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem
Harrison M. Hall, Purrington Moody Weil LLP, Greensboro
Tobias S. Hampson, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh
J. Patrick Haywood, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro
Adam L. Horner, Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC, Charlotte
Justin D. Howard, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh
Douglas P. Jeremiah, Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, Raleigh
Glenn E. “Bo” Ketner III, K&L Gates LLP, Charlotte
Roberta King Latham, Bennett & Guthrie PLLC, Winston-Salem
Robert Charles Lawson, Williams Mullin, Raleigh
Matthew Nis Leerberg, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Raleigh
Matthew G.T. Martin, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Paul C. McCoy, Lewis & Roberts PLLC, Raleigh
Daniel A. Merlin, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte
Leslie Lane Mize, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Raleigh
Brandon S. Neuman, Shanahan Law Group PLLC, Raleigh
George Mason Oliver, Oliver Friesen Cheek PLLC, New Bern
Melody C. Ray-Welborn, Graebe Hanna & Welborn PLLC, Raleigh
Arlene M. Reardon, Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, High Point
Patrick L. Ridinger, K&L Gates LLP, Charlotte
Neal Robbins, Robbins Kreider PLLC, Winston-Salem
Adam L. Ross, James, McElroy & Diehl PA, Charlotte
Jeffrey S. Southerland, Tuggle Duggins & Meschan PA, Greensboro
Thomas E. Stroud Jr., Ward and Smith PA, Greenville
Andrew W.J. Tarr, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Craig A. Taylor, Carruthers & Roth PA, Greensboro
Samuel G. “Bo” Thompson Jr., Yates, McLamb and Weyher LLP, Raleigh
Allen N. Trask III, Ward and Smith PA, Wilmington
David Eric Wagner, K&L Gates LLP, Raleigh
Judson A. Welborn, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh
R. Michael Wells Jr., Wells Jenkins Lucas & Jenkins PLLC, Winston-Salem
Adam E. Whitten, Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson LLP, Charlotte
David I. Yoon, SAS Institute Inc., Cary
Courtauld McBryde Young, Poyner Spruill LLP, Charlotte