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History

Poyner Spruill was formed January 1, 1986

The firm was formed by the merger of two of North Carolina's oldest and most respected law firms: Poyner, Geraghty, Hartsfield & Townsend of Raleigh and Spruill & Spruill of Rocky Mount and Raleigh.

The Poyner firm was established in Raleigh in 1946

James M. Poyner, Marshall B. Hartsfield and John J. Geraghty founded the Poyner firm. Newman A. Townsend, Jr. later became associated with the firm. It steadily expanded its civil practice in Raleigh, becoming the city's largest and most established corporate practice and achieving a significant reputation for expertise in tax law. Pictured from left to right: Nat Townsend, John Geraghty, Cornelia Trott with Lawyers Title, Marshall Hartsfield, NC Lawyers Title employee, and Jim Poyner. 

Spruill & Spruill traced its beginning to 1883

Frank S. Spruill established the firm in Henderson. Spruill moved the firm to Rocky Mount in 1907. In 1988, Mark B. Edwards and Richard E. Thigpen, Jr., then president of the North Carolina Bar Association, joined the firm and opened its office in Charlotte. In 2005, the Broughton & Broughton firm merged into Poyner Spruill, giving the firm an office in Southern Pines. And most recently, the firm changed its name from Poyner & Spruill LLP to Poyner Spruill LLP, effective October 10, 2008.

what's new at the firm

Family Law in a Nutshell Webinar

3/2/2017

Join us for an instructional webinar on Family Law on March 2nd from 11:00am-12:00pm. Poyner Spruill divorce attorney Steve Epstein will explain the fundamental components of divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, and alienation of affections. He will also answer questions submitted by attendees.

Join us for a breakfast discussion - Why have over 300 businesses formed captive insurers in NC

2/15/2017

Protect Your Business and Preserve More Income. You are invited to a panel discussion exploring what captives are, when you should consider setting up one, how the tax code can help the captive pay for itself, and more.

NCTA Lunch & Learn: Advertising Law 101 for Tech Marketing Professionals

2/14/2017

Advertising Law 101 for Tech Marketing Professionals This presentation will educate attendees on the "need-to-know" basics of advertising law. Marketing professionals in the Tech Industry regularly navigate issues that require a familiarity with truth in advertising, disclosure and endorsement rules for social media marketing, and privacy law - just to name a few. Knowing the basics of advertising law can insulate a company from a host of sanctions, fees, and other consequences.

Chase Johnson, Financial Services Lawyer, Joins Poyner Spruill LLP

1/20/2017

We are pleased to announce Chase Johnson has joined the firm as an associate lawyer in the Raleigh office. Her law practice involves representing investment banks and financial institutions in their roles as issuers, underwriters, and mortgage loan sellers in both public and private offerings of mortgage-backed securities.

Stephanie Sanders, Corporate and Real Estate Lawyer, Becomes Partner with Firm

1/18/2017

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Sanders has been elected as Partner in the firm. She represents clients in connection with commercial real estate matters, including acquisition, disposition, financing, development and leasing of commercial real estate.

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