LE 2017 Winner: Young Guns
Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP | Raleigh
“I like mysteries because I like the way it all comes together at the end. Especially with The Usual Suspects, at the end you look back and see the clues and can tell how they all fit together and point to the resolution.”
Vita: 36; born in Kinston; bachelor’s from UNC Chapel Hill, master’s from Georgetown University and law degree from Wake Forest University; married with two children.
Why she chose to specialize in this field: I was introduced to this area of practice by my father, Gray Johnsey, who still practices in Kinston. Estate planning gives you the opportunity to become a trusted adviser to and develop long-lasting relationships with your clients. The opportunity to develop those relationships is particularly appealing to me.
Memorable case/client: I had a client who asked me write into his documents his request to be cremated and his ashes shot from a cannon. I left out the part about the cannon.
What she’d be if not a lawyer: A chef — I love to cook.
Favorite place: The beach, any beach.
Hero: Probably my parents. The unwavering patience and support of my mother has made me a better parent. Looking back, I appreciate what it took to be at every tennis match and dance recital and to make every birthday and holiday better than the last. My father has been an invaluable resource for me in my career, but more importantly, he’s made me a better lawyer. The passion and dedication that he brings to his practice inspires me.
Recent reading: The After Party by Anton DiSclafani.
Don’t ask her to: Do anything scary — no horror movies, haunted houses or roller coasters. I hate to be frightened.
2017 Young Guns winners:
Elie Foy, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Elliot Sol Abrams, Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC, Raleigh; Noah Breen Abrams, Abrams & Abrams PA, Raleigh; Kristy S. Andraos, Andraos Law PLLC, Greensboro; Adam W. Arthur, Kirkman Attorneys at Law, Greensboro; Allison J. Becker, Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh; Ashley K. Brathwaite, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh; Andrew S. Brendle, Hull & Chandler PA, Charlotte; Nicholas C. Brown, Howard, Stallings, From, Hutson, Atkins, Angell & Davis PA, Raleigh; David R. Broyles, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh; Joshua D. Bryant, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh; Diane B. Burks, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Charlotte; Jessica Kimble Burr, Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC, Winston-Salem; Seth P. Buskirk, Clark, Newton & Evans PA, Wilmington; Stephen L. Cash, Cloninger, Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash PLLC, Asheville; Benjamin S. Chesson, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Charlotte; Ryan W. Coffield, The Van Winkle Law Firm, Asheville; Matthew A. Cordell, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh; Meredith Cushing, McAngus Goudelock & Courie LLC, Charlotte; F. William “Will” Devore IV, Devore, Acton & Stafford PA, Charlotte; Sarah L. DiFranco, Poyner Spruill LLP, Charlotte; Joan S. Dinsmore, McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh; Rebecca A. Edwards, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh; Brian Elston, Brian Elston Law, Asheville; Andrew H. “Drew” Erteschik, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh; Andrew A. Freeman, Bell, Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem; J. Whitfield Gibson, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh; Seth A. Glazer, Church Watson Law, Cornelius; Daniel A. Harris, Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale LLP, Greensboro; James M. Hash, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP, Raleigh; Elizabeth Sims Hedrick, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Raleigh; Leah Hermiller, Graebe Hanna & Sullivan PLLC, Raleigh; Michael J. Hoefling, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte; Christopher T. Hood, Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes PA, Charlotte; Ann-Patton Hornthal, Roberts & Stevens PA, Asheville; Lindsey Houk, Waple & Houk PLLC, Charlotte; Kacy Hunt, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh; Sarah Fulton Hutchins, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Charlotte; Hilary Workman Hux, Garrett Walker Aycoth & Olson PLLC, Greensboro; Brooks F. Jaffa, Cranford, Buckley, Schultze, Tomchin, Allen & Buie PA, Charlotte; Tara Kay Johnson, Hartsoe & Associates PC, Winston-Salem; Emily C. Jones, Burney & Jones PLLC, Wilmington; Matthew R. Kain, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte; Patrick M. Kane, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Charlotte/Greensboro; Kimberly J. Kirk, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte; Nancy S. Litwak, Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin PLLC, Charlotte; Matthew T. Marcellino, Marcellino & Tyson PLLC , Charlotte; Rich McPherson, Mainsail Lawyers, Charlotte; Jonathan S. Melton, Gailor Hunt Jenkins Davis & Taylor PLLC, Raleigh; Emma Claire Merritt, Hunton & Williams LLP, Charlotte; Lauren T. Millovitsch, Blanco Tackabery, Lake Norman; Jeffrey R. Monroe, Miller & Monroe PLLC, Raleigh; Jennifer Paternostro Moore, Marcellino & Tyson PLLC , Charlotte; John D. Noor, Roberts & Stevens PA, Asheville; Michael Robert Paduchowski, Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC, Chapel Hill; Brian T. Pearce, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro; Caitlin M. Poe, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh; Paul J. Puryear Jr., Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh; Melanie Raubach, Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin PLLC, Charlotte; Ciara L. Rogers, Oliver & Cheek PLLC, Raleigh; Whitaker B. Rose, Hamilton Stephens Steele + Martin PLLC, Charlotte; Kelly R. Routh, Dozier Miller Law Group, Charlotte; Mariana Russell, Barefoot Family Law, Raleigh; Stephen M. Russell Jr., Turning Point Litigation, Greensboro; Maria Satterfield, Satterfield Legal PLLC, Charlotte; Mark Sigmon, Sigmon Law PLLC, Raleigh; Rebecca Smitherman, Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker LLP, Winston-Salem; Eric Spengler, Spengler & Agans Law PLLC, Charlotte; Christian H. Staples, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte; Matthew Charles Suczynski, Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC, Chapel Hill; Nora F. Sullivan, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh; Raymond C. Tarlton, Tarlton | Polk PLLC, Raleigh; John B. “Bo” Walker, Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh; Michelle Walker, Parry Tyndall White, Chapel Hill; Suzanne R. Walker, Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh; Jenna K. Walley, Law Office of Jenna K. Walley, Winston-Salem; Richard M. Webb, Jones, Childers, Donaldson & Webb PLLC , Mooresville; Michael Wells, Wells Law PLLC, Winston-Salem