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  • 27 Mar 2019 12:57 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. This Award was established in 2018 to recognize members who have demonstrated over their career sustained excellence advocating for their clients in legal proceedings while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism. This award recognizes members who are eminently qualified to advocate for clients in state and federal courtrooms. They are considered by the NCADA as among the finest trial lawyers in the state. Not only have they consistently obtained favorable results for their clients, they have done so while exhibiting a command of the skills necessary to obtain such results. Importantly, their accomplishments were brought about without sacrificing any of the high ethical and moral standards espoused by the NCADA.

    Please nominate a present or past member of the NCADA for consideration as a possible recipient of the Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy that will be presented at the Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019. Your letter of nomination should be addressed to Kenneth Kyre, Chair, Awards Committee, c/o Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, NCADA, 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609. Alternately, the nomination may be emailed to lynettepitt@ncada.org. The letter should reference the "Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy" and include the name and current address of your nominee, along with supporting information and any appropriate documentation you believe will help the Awards Committee in making a recommendation to the Board of Directors. Your letter must be received at the Raleigh office no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.

    Criteria: The recipient shall be a present, or former, member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys who has distinguished themselves during career by demonstrating outstanding commitment to trial and appellate advocacy.

    Nomination and Selection: Nominations shall be by current members of the NCADA

    The Awards Committee shall receive all nominations in confidence. It shall review the nominations, and if a recipient is selected, shall confidentially recommend a recipient of the Award to the Board of Directors of the NCADA. If the Award recipient is approved by the Board of Directors, the Awards Committee shall prepare an outline of the presentation to be made by the President of the NCADA at the Annual Meeting, and shall obtain the Award on behalf of the NCADA for presentation.

    The Award is intended as a special recognition, and it is not necessary that an Award be given as often as annually.

    Inaugural Recipient:  Samuel G. "Sammy" Thompson

  • 27 Mar 2019 12:53 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence. This award, named in honor of the life and career of J. Robert Elster, the second president and a founding member of the Association, recognizes NCADA members who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics, and conduct herself, or himself, in a civil, courteous manner with all persons.

    Please nominate a present or past member of the NCADA for consideration as a possible recipient of the Award for Professional Excellence that will be presented at the Annual Meeting, June 13-16, 2019. Your letter of nomination should be addressed to Kenneth Kyre, Chair, Awards Committee, c/o Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, NCADA, 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609. Alternately, the nomination may be emailed to lynettepitt@ncada.org. The letter should reference the "J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence," include the name and current address of your nominee, along with supporting information and any appropriate documentation you believe will help the Awards Committee in making a recommendation to the Board of Directors. Your letter must be received at the Raleigh office no later than Friday, April 19, 2019.

    Criteria: The recipient shall be a present, or former, member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. The recipient must exemplify the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethics, and conduct herself, or himself, in a civil, courteous manner with all persons. The recipient must exemplify sustained, excellent service to individual and corporate defendants in civil litigation, to the Bar, and to the community.

    Other factors that may be considered are involvement in judicial or other professional educational activities; participation in activities that improve the civil justice system; and such other criteria as the Board or Awards Committee shall determine to be important to the extraordinary achievement intended to be recognized by this Award.

    Nomination and Selection: Nominations shall be by current members of the NCADA

    The Awards Committee shall receive all nominations in confidence. It shall review the nominations, and if a recipient is selected, shall confidentially recommend a recipient of the Award to the Board of Directors of the NCADA. If the Award recipient is approved by the Board of Directors, the Awards Committee shall prepare an outline of the presentation to be made by the President of the NCADA at the Annual Meeting, and shall obtain the Award on behalf of the NCADA for presentation.

    The Award is intended as a special recognition, and it is not necessary that an Award be given as often as annually.

    Past Recipients

  • 22 Feb 2019 2:30 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    The terms of five current members of the NCADA Board of Directors will expire in June 2019. Nominations for the five vacant Director positions are now being accepted to serve a three year term beginning at the close of the 2019 Annual Meeting through the close of the 2022 Annual Meeting.

    Director responsibilities include:

    • Regular attendance and participation at quarterly meetings of the Board;
    • Membership recruitment and retention;
    • Contributing and participating in Association programs and services;
    • Other individual responsibilities as required.

    To qualify for a position on the NCADA Board of Directors, the nominee should

    • Be a member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys; and
    • Shown commitment and support of the NCADA through regular attendance at the NCADA's Annual Meeting, other programs and activities.

    Leadership opportunities in the NCADA’s Practice Groups are open for nominations. Members interested in the continued growth and relevance of the NCADA through its practice groups will be considered for leadership positions in the following areas of practice: Construction, Commercial, Employment, General Liability, Government, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Workers’ Compensation.

    The following information should be included in the nomination:

    1) Member Name, Firm, contact information and a brief biographical sketch;

    2) Brief statement by the nominee of his or her availability and commitment to actively serve as a member of the Board, or as a practice group leader;

    3) Brief statement why nominee would like to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, or as a practice group leader.

    Persons interested in submitting a nomination may E mail or write to the Nominating Committee in care of Lynette Pitt, Executive Director, by email (lynettepitt@ncada.org) or U.S. Mail: 4030 Wake Forest Road, Ste 203, Raleigh, NC 27609).

    Nominations must be received no later than Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5 p.m.


  • 30 Jan 2019 11:14 AM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

    NCADA welcomes 17 new members in January! Please take a moment to check out the list below and see who you know. Don't know anyone? Check out their firm and make a new connection!


    Ryan M. Arnold

    Gallivan White & Boyd, PA

    Christina Banfield

    Harris Creech Ward & Blackerby, PA

    Alex Blake

    McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PLLC

    Ann K. Cosper

    Simpson Law Firm PLLC

    Christian Ferlan

    Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP

    Eric Goodheart

    Ellis & Winters, LLP

    J. William Graebe

    Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP

    Richard Haywood

    McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PLLC

    Brandon Heffinger

    Smith Anderson, LLP

    Gregory Scott Horner

    Goldberg Segalla LLP

    Katie Terry Jefferson

    Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP

    John Manzo

    McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PLLC

    Benjamin Charles McManus

    Garrison Law Group, PLLC

     David A. Pasley
    Smith Anderson LLP

    Michael E. Phillips

    Hagwood & Tipton, P.C.

    Caroline Stutts
    Simpson Law Firm

    Janelle Wendorf

    McAngus Goudelock & Courie, PA

    Evon Weston
    Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP

    Kristina Wilson
    Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP


  • 03 Dec 2018 12:58 PM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

    NCADA Member, G. Gray Wilson, sworn in as President of the North Carolina Bar

    Winston-Salem attorney G. Gray Wilson of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough was sworn in as President of the North Carolina State Bar at the State Bar's Annual Dinner on October 25, 2018. Wilson, a cum laude graduate of Davidson College and graduate of Duke University Law School, has been a member of the NCADA since 1981. 


    View the article


  • 15 Oct 2018 12:18 PM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

    On September 28, NCADA held the biennial Fall Seminar and Judicial Candidates' Forum. Videos of the candidates' statements and assigned questions are now available for viewing. Please click here to be redirected to the Judicial Forum Page.

  • 08 Oct 2018 12:39 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Raleigh, NC, October 8, 2018 --- The N.C. Defense Fund, the political action committee of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, endorses the following candidates seeking seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals:

    For Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, the N.C. Defense Fund endorses

    • For the Jackson Seat: Barbara A. Jackson for re-election to the Court.

    For Associate Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the N.C. Defense Fund endorses:

    • For the Arrowood Seat: John S. Arrowood and Andrew T. Heath for election to the Court.
    • For the Calabria Seat: Jefferson G. Griffin for election to the Court.

    The NC Defense Fund made the decision to endorse each judicial candidate based on the following criteria:

    • Substantial exposure to or appreciation of issues involved in civil litigation;
    • Commitment to the evenhanded application of the rules governing our courts;
    • An outstanding reputation in the legal community;
    • An outstanding record of judicial achievement or possession of the potential to be an outstanding judge.

    The N.C. Defense Fund is the political action committee of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys [NCADA] is a professional association for lawyers and paralegals defending the interests of individuals and businesses in civil litigation. Current membership stands at over 850 attorneys and paralegals from across the State.

    For more information about the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, please contact the Association office at 919-239-4463.

    ***END***


  • 26 Sep 2018 1:49 PM | Jennifer Edwards (Administrator)

    NCADA will hold its biennial Judicial Candidates' Forum on Friday, September 28 at the Grandover in Greensboro, NC. Expected to attend are the 11 candidates for the four open appellate court seats. Each candidate will answer a pre-prepared question and will be available to take questions from those in attendance. 

    Below is the link to the special edition of The Resource with candidates' biographies. Please share this with your colleagues.

    Special edition of The Resource 

  • 17 Sep 2018 4:02 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    Chief Justice Martin has entered an order extending time for filings in our counties that are subject to the mandatory evacuation.

  • 11 Sep 2018 9:38 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)

    As Hurricane Florence takes aim at North Carolina, we realize the impact this unprecedented occurrence will have on our members, in both their personal and professional lives. We have already canceled one event ahead of the storm, and urge all of you to exercise safety and caution in the days ahead. Hopefully, each of you has prepared, in the best possible manner, for the potential interruption to your businesses, as well as personal lives. The NCADA, as an organization, intends to lend support wherever possible in the aftermath of the hurricane.

    Realizing that members and firms will be affected differently depending on their location and the ultimate path of the storm, we would like to have our members already thinking about ways to assist fellow NCADA firms. Therefore, as you take measures to prepare for the storm, keep in mind ways that you may assist other members if you are not impacted as greatly as others may be. It is our hope that those firms most severely impacted might have access to needed spare furniture, printers, office supplies, and even office space by those members who are not as severely affected.

    If the storm has as much impact on the state as predicted, the NCADA will be reaching out to you in the days and weeks after the storm to assess the various needs in continuing and, in some cases perhaps even rebuilding, their legal practice. For those of you who are not affected as greatly, we will be reaching out to you for help for our brethren more adversely impacted. This may take the form of donating supplies and space, as well as monetary contributions.

    Our organization consists of hundreds of wonderful attorneys and individuals. I’m confident that our members will assist their fellow comrades to every extent possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, especially those on the coast, as you prepare for this storm.

    Lawrence M. Baker
    President


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