Poyner Spruill Welcomes Education Law Practice Group

Poyner Spruill LLP is pleased to announce the addition of eight associates to the firm in both the Raleigh and Charlotte offices. The associates have joined the firm in several different sections including Litigation, Financial Services, and Business.

“We are very excited to welcome all our new associates to the firm. The addition of several skilled attorneys in multiple practice areas, and to continue the growth of the firm, is wonderful,” said Poyner Spruill managing partner Dan Cahill. “Poyner Spruill is committed to addressing key issues for our clients and we see this as an opportunity to not only better serve our current clients but also to grow our client base and broaden our offerings.”

Learn more about each of the firm’s newest attorneys below.

Eric Calero (Raleigh) is part of the Business Transaction’s Practice Group, where he counsels entrepreneurs, startups, and corporations in various business matters. Eric’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance, and contractual matters.

Eric earned his J.D. at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He worked at the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology and was the vice president of the Hispanic/Latino Law Students Association.

Manuel Colón (Raleigh) is a member of the Trust and Estates division of the Business Section. He helps guide executors and trustees through all facets of the estate and trust administration process.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Manuel assists other veterans with obtaining the Veterans Affairs benefits they have duly earned. Manuel attended Campbell University School of Law, where he was a cum laude graduate and a Ben and Patrice Thompson Achievement Scholar.

Sam Holder (Charlotte) is a member of the Employee Benefits Practice Group. He represents a wide variety of employers in the nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental sectors. Sam establishes and documents a wide range of employee benefit programs, including welfare benefit plans, retirement plans, and incentive programs.

Sam is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a recipient of Order of the Coif and Order of Wig and Robe.

Caroline Margolis (Raleigh) joins both the Litigation and Employment Sections. Her practice focuses on representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters, such as tort, negligence, and derivative actions. She also advises employers on a variety of matters, including discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, and wrongful discharge claims.

Caroline attended Campbell University School of Law and graduated among the top 5% of her class. Before joining Poyner Spruill, Caroline was an extern for Justice Paul Newby on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Rachel Pender (Raleigh) focuses on education law and works with local school boards and public school systems. She joins the Education Law Practice Group with a unique insight into education and the school system as she was previously a social studies teacher at a public high school in Winston-Salem.

Rachel is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. She was previously a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and a judicial extern for the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Rohun Shah (Charlotte) is a member of the Litigation Section. He represents businesses, individuals, and government bodies in a variety of disputes, including tort, business, and constitutional litigation matters in state and federal court. Rohun has experience working for large corporations in international markets and is proficient in Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati.

He earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and is an MBA candidate at the Wake Forest University School of Business.

Sabrina Shah (Raleigh) joins the Financial Services Section representing banks and other financial institutions. She focuses her practice on a variety of financial matters, including transactions, leasing, and financing. She has strong statistical analysis skills, which helps her assist her clients in financial transactions.

Sabrina earned her J.D. at the University of North Carolina School of Law and was the 3L Class President of the Student Bar Association.

Alexis Tellerd (Charlotte) is a member of the Financial Services Section, where she represents business clients on loan transactions and commercial financing. She counsels her clients in a variety of financial matters, including asset-based lending and intercreditor arrangements.

Alexis graduated from George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Before joining Poyner Spruill, Alexis interned with the United States Department of the Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

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