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Ryan and Robb named Partner

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP proudly announces that Susan J. Ryan and Julian P. Robb were named Partners in January, 2013. Ryan, born in Danville, Virginia, joined the firm in 2005. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She practices in the area of Civil Litigation and Domestic Relations. Read more…

Robb joined the firm in 2005, and received his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a native of Discovery, South Africa, and concentrates in the areas of Residential and Commercial Real Estate. Read more…

Bailey Liipfert travels to Delhi, India

Our own Bailey Liipfert embarks on a trip to Delhi, India with representatives from the North Carolina Eye Bank. Delhi, a sister eye bank to the facility in Winston-Salem, NC, participates in a global effort to end corneal blindness around the world. Read more about the work of the NC Eye Bank by logging into www.nceyebank.org.

William W. Walker named among North Carolina’s Super Lawyers for 2013

William W. Walker, a partner with the firm, has been named among North Carolina’s Super Lawyers for 2013. A 1970 graduate of Gettysburg College, an Infantry Officer, US Marine Corps 1970 – 1974 and a 1977 graduate of Wake Forest Law School, Walker has practiced civil litigation since 1977. Walker is also active is various bar organizations as well as serving as a Certified Mediator since 1992. The Super Lawyer selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field. Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the State are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers.

Susan J. Ryan named among North Carolina’s Rising Stars for 2013

Susan J. Ryan, also a partner with the firm, has been named among North Carolina’s Rising Stars for 2013. A 1976 graduate of College of William and Mary and a 2005 graduate of Wake Forest Law School, Ryan has practiced civil litigation since 2005. Ryan is also active is various Bar and community organizations. The Rising Star selection process is a comprehensive, good-faith and detailed attempt to produce a list of lawyers that have attained high peer recognition, meet ethical standards, and have demonstrated some degree of achievement in their field but includes criteria that a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years for less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State are selected for inclusion in Rising Stars.

Craige Brawley recipient of ESGR Award

The Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, has recognized Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP as a Patriotic Employer for the support of their employee, Army Reserve Captain Thomas Crane, during his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011. Crane, who was stationed in Afghanistan from January, 2011 to December, 2011, served with the NATO Training Mission Headquarters. This tour for Captain Crane was his second in the past few years, serving previously in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004-2005.

Crane, who started as a contract IT employee with the firm in 1999, became the firm’s Network Administrator in 2005. Craige Brawley is very proud to have Captain Crane not only as an employee, but also to recognize him as a true patriot to the United States. Craige Brawley members will be attending the annual ESGR Employer Recognition Banquet in March, 2012, to accept an additional state level employer award. To learn more about the ESGR, please click here http://www.esgr.org/site/Home.aspx.

Cowles Liipfert Elected to Board of School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. “JOMC”.

Cowles Liipfert, a Partner with the firm, is honoured to have been elected to the Board of Directors to serve a three year term beginning in 2012 to assist with the continuing education programs associated with JOMC. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina, founded in 1949, supports and assists the advancement of journalism and mass communication education at UNC-Chapel Hill. That financial supports which supplement state appropriations, adds to the school’s resources and strengthens teaching, research and public service

For more information about the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation of North Carolina, Inc., please visit their website at http://www.jomc.unc.edu

B. Bailey Liipfert, III receives Resolution of Appreciation presented by North Carolina State Bar.

B. Bailey Liipfert, a Partner with the firm, has been recognized because of his outstanding support of the efforts of the North Carolina State Bar Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel (LAMP) to educate Judge Advocates, by extending legal assistance to military personnel and their families in North Carolina and in preparing service members for deployment overseas in defense of our country.

Wall joins Firm

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP is pleased to announce the addition of our newest attorney, Robert H. Wall. Wall, originally from Macon, Georgia, moved to Winston-Salem in January 2011, to begin working with the Firm awaiting his admittance to the North Carolina State Bar under Comity. He was admitted to practice in North Carolina in June 2011, and will maintain his standing with the Georgia State Bar as well.

Mr. Wall received his B.A. from Wake Forest University (1998), his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law (2002) and earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program (2003). He remains active as a member of the Wesleyan College Board of Visitors, Wesley Glen Ministries Advisory Board and the First Presbyterian Day School Board of Directors, all in Macon, Georgia. He is a current member of the North Carolina State Bar, The North Carolina & Forsyth County Bar Associations and the Georgia State Bar Association.

Wall resides in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife and two young sons. CBLW welcomes Mr. Wall and his family to the CBLW family.

Craige Brawley named Pro Bono Firm of the Year

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Winston-Salem office, held its annual “Pro Bono Attorney Celebration” this month to honor the individuals who volunteer their services to Legal Aid during the prior year. Among those honored, Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP was proud to be named Firm of the Year for 2010. William Walker was on hand to accept the award:

ProBono Award

Bailey Liipfert, Aimee Smith and Susan Ryan, in addition to William Walker, were recognized as 2010 Volunteer Attorneys.

For more information about Legal Aid of North Carolina, please visit their website at
www.legalaidnc.org.

Smith and Smitherman named Partner

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP proudly announces that Aimee L. Smith and Rebecca L. Smitherman were named Partners in January, 2011. Smith, born in Albemarle, North Carolina, joined the firm in 2002. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She practices in the areas of Elder Law and Long-Term Care Planning. In addition, she is an Accredited Attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Smitherman joined the firm in 2003, and received her J.D., cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and concentrates in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Corporate Law.

Stephens receives Certification

Brent W. Stephens, a Partner with the firm, has become a Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization. Stephens, who joined the firm in 1998, is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation (CELA), as well as an Accredited Attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans’ benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Creamer joins Craige Brawley

Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP is pleased to announce that Amanda H. Creamer, a former Assistant Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank, has joined our firm as an associate attorney. Creamer, a native of Richmond, VA, is a 1997 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was a Research Assistant during her last year.

With a focus on Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Creamer is also experienced in Family Law.

Smitherman invited to join organization

Attorney Rebecca Smitherman has accepted an invitation to join The Chief Justice Joseph Branch American Inn of Courts, Affiliated with Wake Forest University School of Law. This is a 2-year term appointment and marks the 19th year for the CJJB Inn.

Wills for Heroes event a success

Craige Brawley’s own Nichole Hutchins and Cindy Kranis participated in a Wills for Heroes event held at the Kernersville Fire Department in Kernersville, NC. The Young Lawyers Division and the Paralegal Division of the NCBA teamed up to draft wills for free for our men and women who are serving in the military or those in local law enforcement agencies. Ms. Hutchins and Ms. Kranis served as witnesses and notaries for this function, which allowed the process to be completed on site.

Hutchins earns highest National Certification

Nichole Hutchins, a Legal Assistant with our firm, has earned the distinction of Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC), which is the highest level of certification a paralegal can achieve. This program is provided by National Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals, and is open only to those individuals who have achieved the designation of Certified Paralegal. In order to earn this distinction, an individual is required to pass a two-day examination, which covers areas such as ethics, communications and legal research. Congratulations Nichole!

Stephens selected by NC Super Lawyers Magazine

Brent W. Stephens has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 North Carolina Rising Stars list by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine. With this distinction, Stephens joins other attorneys in the

state named as outstanding young lawyers. The selection process includes peer nominations as well as independent research of the candidates.

Firm named in 2010 TBJ Book of Lists

The annual Book of Lists, published by The Business Journal, is out for 2010, and Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker LLP makes the list again. The Firm is ranked #23 in the list of Largest Triad Law Firms. The listing is ranked by the number of attorneys in the Triad, as well as support staff. CBLW is proud to be included again with such a prestigious group of Triad law firms.