Legal Elite 2015
CORPORATE COUNSEL WINNER
Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc., Durham
Vita: 48; born in Chicago; bachelor’s from Duke University and law degree from Wake Forest University; wife and four children.
Passions: Time with my wife, children and friends, especially if it includes empanadas; the outdoors and most types of physical activity; travel; reading; really, anything that helps me appreciate that I have more than I deserve.
Where he’d live if he had to practice somewhere else: In the U.S., Charleston, S.C., offers a fantastic quality of life comparable with the Triangle and a unique profile compared with other American cities. Outside the U.S., probably London. Buenos Aires, Argentina, would be tempting but a greater challenge from a business standpoint.
Favorite place: Belgrano neighborhood in Buenos Aires, the place of many fond memories with family as a child and adult.
Hero: My grandfather in Buenos Aires, who passed at the age of 93 in 2013. He taught me invaluable lessons both in work and life and was a beloved role model for the entire family. Not to mention that late in life he could memorize the sequence of two decks of cards in one sitting.
WINNER: Santiago Estrada, Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc., Durham; Yoel H. Balter, Liberty Healthcare Corp., Wilmington; G. Templeton Blackburn II, Variety Wholesalers Inc., Henderson; Jeffrey M. Davis, Lincoln Financial Group, Greensboro; Brett J. Denton, Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte; Virginia A. Fitt, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Research Triangle Park; Paul J. Foley, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Winston-Salem; Kerry A. Friedman, Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore PA, Asheville; Kenneth B. Hammer, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Inc., Research Triangle Park; Barry P. Harris IV, First Citizens BancShares Inc., Raleigh; Megan Hitchens, Sona MedSpa International Inc., Charlotte; Gregory D. Hutchins, Roberts & Stevens PA, Asheville; Samuel W. Johnson, Poyner Spruill LLP, Rocky Mount; Timothy D. Johnson, Ply Gem Holdings Inc., Cary; Thomas Lenfestey, Adams, Howell, Sizemore & Lenfestey PA, Raleigh; Shirley J. Linn, FairPoint Communications Inc., Charlotte; Chris Matton, Bandwidth.com Inc., Raleigh; Jeffrey D. Miller, Highwoods Properties Inc., Raleigh; Mark E. “Rick” Richardson III, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Research Triangle Park; Joseph J. Santaniello, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, Charlotte; Andrew Spainhour, Replacements Ltd., Greensboro; G. Edward Story, RTI International, Research Triangle Park; Richard Topping, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, Kannapolis.