Poyner Spruill Welcomes Education Law Practice Group

Poyner Spruill LLP is pleased to announce the firm has elected Amanda Sherin, J.M. Durnovich, Charlie Davis, Nick Tosco, Missy Jaskolka, Tara Bright, and Ben Buskirk as partners in the firm, effective January 1, 2022.

“These seven attorneys have done exceptional work on behalf of our clients. They are strategic thinkers and collaborators who have continued to be a vital part of the firm’s success across their practice areas,” said Poyner Spruill managing partner Dan Cahill. “We look forward to their continued contributions to the firm and legal community.”

Amanda Sherin works with lenders, corporations, and other entities on a variety of loans, deals, and business transactions. In addition, Amanda also assists companies with corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, business entity formations, and general corporate and contractual matters.

John Michael (“J.M.”) Durnovich concentrates his practice on complex business disputes and high-stakes government conflicts. J.M. represents professionals, businesses, and government bodies facing a wide range of challenges.  J.M. has successfully prosecuted and defended cases in state and federal trial courts across the Carolinas, with a concentration in complex business disputes and high-stakes government conflicts.  In addition to his trial experience, J.M. also maintains a robust appellate practice and crafts compelling arguments at all levels, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Charlie Davis is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has extensive experience advising individuals and families on their estate and tax planning needs and helps his clients develop estate planning strategies to accomplish their goals in a tax-efficient manner. Charlie also helps guide executors and trustees through all facets of the estate and trust administration process. In addition to his trusts and estates work, Charlie advises businesses on their general corporate, succession planning, and tax planning needs, and provides tax advice in structuring business mergers and acquisitions. He also advises nonprofits on corporate and tax issues, including applications to be recognized as tax-exempt organizations.

Nick Tosco assists municipalities, counties, governmental agencies, and private clients on matters related to zoning, permitting, variances, annexations, condemnation/eminent domain, public records, special use permits, site plans, subdivisions, and administrative law issues. Nick also devotes part of his practice to civil litigation, representing clients in a wide range of complex government-related disputes, land use litigation, zoning disputes, and condemnation/eminent domain litigation.

Missy Jaskolka represents financial institutions and other entities in a wide variety of transactional and commercial financing related matters, including: secured and unsecured senior and subordinated debt financing transactions, asset-based lending, accounts receivable and factoring arrangements, real estate project financings, single bank and syndicated credit facilities, intercreditor arrangements, financing to private equity backed companies, acquisition financings, and low income housing tax credit financing.

Tara Bright is a member of the Litigation team, concentrating her practice on complex civil litigation matters.  Tara represents a variety of clients in business disputes, financial transactions, personal injury matters, and real estate litigation.  Tara also represents local government entities in constitutional claims and assists in the development and implementation of compliance strategies.

Ben Buskirk’s legal practice is a continuation of his over ten years of experience in the construction industry, including working as a construction superintendent and project manager.  Ben brings his unique perspective to his construction law practice where he represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors.  Ben regularly assists his clients with the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts, advice during the construction process, and prosecution and defense of payment, defect, extra work, termination, delay, inefficiency, bond, and lien claims. In addition to being a North Carolina-licensed lawyer, he is also a licensed North Carolina Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

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