Poyner Spruill LLP is pleased to announce partners Saad Gul, Kelsey Mayo, and Mike McIntyre, have earned recognition in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 class of Leaders in the Law honorees. Notably, Poyner Spruill had more honorees this year than any other firm or legal organization in the state.

The Leaders in the Law awards honor legal professionals licensed and practicing law in the state of North Carolina determined to have gone above and beyond in their profession and their community. They represent the most influential individuals within the state’s legal community for the given year.

Gul, Mayo, and McIntyre will be among 29 individuals honored during a special ceremony Friday, October 25, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Gul co-chairs the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity team, while also maintaining an active appellate and regulatory litigation practice. Before law school, he clerked for Chief Judge John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He came to Poyner Spruill after working for two major Washington, D.C., law firms.

Mayo’s practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation. She has extensive experience working with governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit employers on all aspects of qualified and nonqualified plans, welfare benefit plans, fringe benefit plans, and executive compensation plans. In 2019, Mayo was elected to serve on the firm’s seven-member Management Committee.

McIntyre’s practice includes government relations on the local, state, and national levels, as well as business, real estate, agribusiness, energy, environmental, military, sports, and entertainment law. Before joining the firm, he held the position of congressman of North Carolina’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for 18 years (1997-2015).

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