LE 2017 Winners: Criminal Law
George V. Laughrun II
Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene PLLC | Charlotte
“I liked the movie My Cousin Vinny because it shows how a lawyer, not very experienced but with common sense, can prevail. It also has many good lines that I have seen and used in court myself when cross-examining a witness.”
Vita: 61; born in Erwin, Tenn.; bachelor’s from Appalachian State University and law degree from Samford University; wife and two children (both practicing lawyers in Charlotte).
Why he chose to specialize in this field: When I was a child, I loved the TV show Perry Mason and liked the drama.
Memorable case: State v. Randall Wesley Kerrick. (Kerrick was a Charlotte police officer charged with manslaughter. The case ended in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict.)
What he’d be if not a lawyer: Airline pilot.
Favorite place: New Orleans.
Hero: My father, who instilled in me hard work and preparation and being honest with people.
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The book I last read was The Whistler by John Grisham.
Netflix obsession: House of Cards.
Passions: Golf and Texas Hold’em poker.
Don’t ask him to: Sing or dance.
2017 Criminal winners:
George V. Laughrun II, Goodman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene PLLC, Charlotte; Elliot Sol Abrams, Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC, Raleigh; F. Hill Allen, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh; Russell D. Babb, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh; Christopher A. Beechler, Beechler Tomberlin PLLC, Winston-Salem; Wes J. Camden, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh; Stephen L. Cash, Cloninger, Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash PLLC, Asheville; Ames C. Chamberlin, The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin PLLC, Greensboro; Kathleen C. “Katie” Clary, Rawls, Scheer, Foster, & Mingo PLLC, Charlotte; Andrew C. Clifford, Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale LLP, Greensboro; Christopher R. “Chris” Clifton, Grace Tisdale & Clifton PA, Winston-Salem; Collin Cook, Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC, Raleigh; Kearns Davis, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro/Raleigh; Russell W. “Rusty” DeMent III, DeMent Askew LLP, Raleigh; Sean Patrick Devereux, Devereux & Banzhoff PLLC, Asheville; Chris Fialko, Fialko Law PLLC, Charlotte; Berryman J. “Trey” Fitzhugh III, Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh, Raleigh; Michael A. Frickey, Frickey Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh; Rick Gammon, Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski PLLC, Raleigh; Chad Garrett, Garrett Walker Aycoth & Olson PLLC, Greensboro; Matthew J. Golden, Matthew J. Golden, Attorney at Law PLLC, Raleigh; Kelley Gondring, Robinson & Lawing LLP, Winston-Salem; Josh Howard, Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski PLLC, Raleigh; Daniel H. Johnson, Capital Law Group, Raleigh; Douglas E. Kingsbery, Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh; Mike Klinkosum, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Raleigh; Peter R. Lamm, The Law Office of Peter R. Lamm PLLC, Greensboro; Phillip Liles, Fay & Grafton, Raleigh; David W. Long, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh; Thomas C. Manning, Manning Law Firm, Raleigh; John P. “Jack” O’Hale, Narron, O’Hale & Whittington PA, Smithfield; Robert O’Hale, Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale LLP, Greensboro; Sean Olson, Garrett Walker Aycoth & Olson PLLC, Greensboro; C. Melissa Owen, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Charlotte; Michael Robert Paduchowski, Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC, Chapel Hill; Bill Powers, Powers McCartan PLLC , Charlotte; Claire J. Rauscher, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP, Charlotte; Edd Roberts, Roberts Law Office PA, Raleigh; Leslie S. Robinson, Robinson Law Firm PA, Greenville; Adam M. Seifer, SeiferFlatow PLLC , Charlotte; Ryan D. Stump, Randall & Stump PLLC, Charlotte; Jacob H. Sussman, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Charlotte; Raymond C. Tarlton, Tarlton | Polk PLLC, Raleigh; Noell P. Tin, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Charlotte; Amos Tyndall, Parry Tyndall White, Chapel Hill; David W. Venable, Law Offices of David Venable, Raleigh; Edwin L. West III, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh/Wilmington; William D. Young IV, Hatch, Little & Bunn LLP, Raleigh; Joe Zeszotarski, Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski PLLC, Raleigh