Poyner Spruill LLP is proud to announce 15 of its attorneys have been ranked among Business North Carolina magazine’s 2014 “Legal Elite.” For the fourteenth consecutive year, this honor awards the top lawyers in the state in 14 categories who are nominated and voted on by more than 20,000 active members of the North Carolina State Bar.

Charlie Livermon was selected as top winner in Bankruptcy law. In this excerpt from the magazine, he explains his most memorable case: “I represented a creditor in a bankruptcy case involving a failed real-estate development in South Carolina. My client, an individual who provided $15 million in seller financing, took me on a tour of the development, and around every turn there was a dead alligator. Apparently the development had an alligator problem. Other challenges were that most of the lots in the subdivision were foreclosed for unpaid property taxes, the developer had sold my client’s swimming pool and back porch to a speculator, and there was an alleged documentation defect that could have invalidated the $15 million mortgage. All worked out in the end, except for the alligators.”

Ten attorneys in the firm’s Raleigh office were named among the “Legal Elite” including Kevin Ceglowski (Employment), Bo Dempster (Real Estate), Drew Erteschik (Young Guns), David Fricke (Real Estate), Susie Gibbons (Employment), Lemuel Gibbons (Tax and Estate Planning), Cecil Harrison (Employment), Keith Johnson (Environmental), Caroline Mackie (Young Guns), and Lisa Sumner (Bankruptcy).

In addition, Jason James (Construction and Litigation), Cindy Van Horne (Litigation), and Court Young (Litigation), in the firm’s Charlotte office were recognized as “Legal Elite” as well as Sam Johnson (Corporate) in Rocky Mount.

Glenn Dunn (Environmental, Raleigh) and John Shaw (Construction, Raleigh) are again recognized as members of the Legal Elite “Hall of Fame.”

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