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Five Poyner Spruill Attorneys Elected Fellows of the American Bar Foundation


​RALEIGH, NC – Poyner Spruill LLP is pleased to announce that five Partners have been elected into  membership in the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.  William S. Cherry, Jr., David Dreifus, Samuel W. Johnson, T. Richard  Kane and David W. Long received this honor, which is limited to one third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each state.  Members are nominated by Fellows in their state and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges and law professors whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.  Established in 1955, The Fellows encourage and support the research program of the American Bar Foundation. The object of the Foundation is to advance justice through research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes.

Bill Cherry concentrates his practice on financial services and banking regulatory law.  Bill joined the firm in 1975, and has been a Partner since 1980.  He has also served as a Section Leader and member of the Management Committee.  Bill is a graduate of North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University Law School. 

David Dreifus focuses his practice on disputes among owners of closely held businesses, minority shareholder disputes, disputes between buyers and sellers of businesses, cases involving banking, securities and accounting issues, and the defense of class actions.  David served as Chair of the litigation practice  group from 2001 to 2011.  He currently serves as assistant chair of the litigation practice group.   David joined Poyner Spruill in 1988, and has been a Partner since 1991.  He is a graduate of Tufts University and Duke University Law School. 

Sam Johnson practices in the areas of corporate, business and commercial real estate law.  Sam has been a Partner with Poyner Spruill since 1972.  He graduated from Duke University and the Duke University School of Law.

Rick Kane concentrates his practice on environmental law and attorney professional responsibility issues.  He has been a Partner in the firm since 1993.  Prior to joining the firm, Rick served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Rick holds degrees from Duke University, Boston University, and Vanderbilt University School of Law.  

David Long focuses his practice primarily on business related white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, including antitrust and professional liability defense.  He has been a Partner of the firm since 1967, with the exception of a two-year hiatus where he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina .  David attended Duke University and the University of North Carolina Law School. 
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