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12.2013 | Katy Parker Secures Release of Dash Cam Video

Representing the Wilmington Star-News and the N.C Press Association, Katy Parker successfully persuaded Superior Court Judge Jack Jenkins in New Hanover County to order the release of a dash cam video showing a Wilmington Police Department canine officer releasing his dog on a suspect following a police chase on Halloween night. The police department had previously refused to release the video to the public.

 
12.2013 | Katy Parker Pushes for Release of SBI Report in Shooting Case

Katy Parker represents the family of Brandon Smith, who was killed by law enforcement on October 13, 2013 in New Hanover County after two deputies and a federal agent fired 24 rounds at Smith. It was later confirmed that Smith had no gun and was reaching for his cell phone before he was shot and killed. As reported by the Wilmington Star News, Parker is seeking access to the SBI’s investigation. In her request for the report, Parker wrote: “Members of Mr. Smith’s family, and other members of the community, are interested in obtaining as much information as possible about the circumstances surrounding Mr. Smith’s death … the release of this information is essential to maintaining public confidence in the administration of public services.” Parker added: “If the government officials are serious about transparency and building and improving a relationship with the community, they should release as much of the SBI report and other hard evidence as possible.”

 
11.2013 | “Dare to Care: Feed Those in Need Food Drive”

Tin Fulton Walker & Owen volunteered to serve as a local coordinator and drop off location for a statewide food drive organized by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. “Dare to Care: Feed Those in Need Food Drive” operated throughout North Carolina from November 4th through November 22nd. Collected items were delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina just before Thanksgiving.

 
11.2013 | Mark Kleinschmidt Re-Elected Mayor Chapel Hill

Mark Kleinschmidt was re-elected mayor of Chapel Hill after winning 89.7% of the vote. Prior to being elected as mayor in 2009, Kleinschmidt served on the town council from 2001-2009.

 
11.2013 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen Listed Among “Best Law Firms” in 2014 Edition of U.S. News & Best Lawyers

Tin Fulton Walker & Owen is again recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News & Best Lawyers for a number of practice areas.

The firm’s “Tier-1” rankings were achieved in:

Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Governmental Investigations
Criminal Defense: White-Collar – Litigation
Employment Law – Individuals
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on U.S. News, click here.

 
10.2013 | Missy Owen and Jake Sussman Speak on Criminal Justice Issues in Asheville

Missy Owen co-chaired the NC Advocates for Justice‘s annual fall seminar in Asheville, a four-day continuing legal education event that drew attorneys from across the state. As one of the invited faculty, Jake Sussman presented during the plenary session with Henderson Hill, Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of Western Carolina, about the Brian Nichols death penalty trial. Their presentation was titled, “Finding a Narrative in Challenging Cases: Lessons from the Brian Nichols Trial.”

 
10.2013 | Luke Largess and Jake Sussman Speak on Law Enforcement Misconduct Issues

Luke Largess and Jake Sussman were both invited faculty speakers at the NC Advocates for Justice seminar in Raleigh: “Police Liabilty Claims: Real Cases, Real Issues.” Luke discussed issues concerning public officer immunity, excessive force claims under the NC Constitution, and 1st Amendment retaliation claims. Jake focused his discussion on common federal liability issues under Section 1983, qualified immunity, and key discovery issues.

 
9.2013 | Luke Largess Recognized as 2013 North Carolina Leader in the Law by NC Lawyers Weekly

Luke Largess was named as a 2013 North Carolina Leader in the Law by NC Lawyers Weekly. In partnership with Elon University School of Law, NC Lawyers Weekly hosted the third annual Leaders in the Law awards event on September 18, 2013 in Raleigh, honoring legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession and their community. According to NC Lawyers Weekly, “[t]he honorees represent the most influential individuals within North Carolina’s legal community.”

For more about NC Lawyers Weekly’s North Carolina “Leaders in the Law,” click here.

 
8.2013 | Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Airport Police

On behalf of 14 officers who have worked for years as part of a separate airport police force, Luke Largess filed a lawsuit alleging that these longtime airport police officers were paid less and treated differently than other officers doing the same job. “It just doesn’t make sense,” Luke Largess told the Charlotte Observer. “People hired to do the same job at the same rank, with the same license, comparable experience, should be paid the same for doing the work.”

 
8.2013 | Five Firm Members Recognized as 2014 Best Lawyers in America

John Gresham, Luke Largess, Adam Stein, Jake Sussman, and Noell Tin were all listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

John Gresham was recognized in the practice areas of First Amendment and Labor & Employment. Luke Largess was recognized in the practice area of Labor & Employment. Adam Stein was recognized in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs) and Personal Injury Litigation (Plaintiffs). Jake Sussman was recognized in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Noell Tin was recognized in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar.

To view Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s profile on Best Lawyers, click here.

 
8.2013 | Legal Challenge to N.C.’s New Voting Law

Adam Stein, along with Professor Irving Joyner, the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, and the Advancement Project, a Washington-based civil rights groups, filed the first legal challenge to H.B. 589, North Carolina’s new voting law that was signed into law on August 12, 2013. The hightly controversial law includes one of the nation’s strictest photo ID requirements, and also shortens the period for early voting, ends straight-ticket balloting and eliminates same-day registration. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the NAACP and Rosanell Eaton, alleges that H.B. 589 violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

 
7.2013 | Lane Williamson Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

Former Superior Court Judge F. Lane Williamson joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, where he will handle alternative dispute resolution, attorney disciplinary and ethics matters, and complex business litigation. A law school graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Lane handled all manner of civil cases during a long career in private practice before being named as a Special Superior Court Judge in 2011.

 
6.2013 | Adam Stein Challenges Constitutionality of Cap on Damages

Adam Stein and counsel from Center for Constitutional Litigation challenged the constitutionality of North Carolina’s recently enacted cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases in Wake County Superior Court. In June 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. By the terms of the law, it applies to all actions filed on or after October 1, 2011, regardless of when the negligence occurred or when the claims accrued. The plaintiffs filed their medical negligence action within the statute of limitations for their claims, but after the effective date of the new law. In their complaint, the plaintiffs included a claim under North Carolina’s Declaratory Judgment Act seeking a declaration that the cap on damages is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs moved for judgment on the pleadings on their declaratory count on the grounds that the law is unconstitutionally retroactive as applied to them.

 
6.2013 | Missy Owen Presents at ABA Securities Fraud Conference

Missy Owen was an invited presenter at American Bar Association’s Securities Fraud Conference in Charlotte on June 13, 2013. The conference was sponsored by the Southeastern White Collar Crime Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section.

For more information about the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section, click here.

 
6.2013 | Missy Owen & Katy Parker Join Board of Governors for NC Advocates for Justice

Missy Owen and Katy Parker were both nominated and confirmed as members of the Board of Governors for the NC Advocates for Justice for 2013-2014.

 
4.2013 | Sam McGee Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

Sam McGee joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, where he will continue to represent individuals and small businesses in complex litigation matters. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Yale Law School, and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Sam handles all manner of civil cases, including nursing home abuse and neglect, professional negligence, appeals, class actions, business torts and serious personal injury. A highly skilled trial lawyer, Sam is regularly called upon by other members of the bar to co-counsel high-stakes trials.

 
3.2013 | Not Guilty in Assault Trial

Missy Owen’s client R.Y. was found not guilty of assault by a Mecklenburg County jury.

 
2.2013 | Katy Parker Receives Norman Smith Award

Katy Parker received the Norman Smith Award at the ACLU of North Carolina‘s 44th annual Frank Porter Graham Awards Ceremony in Chapel Hill. The Norman Smith Award is presented by the ACLU-NC Board of Directors to someone who has volunteered extraordinary time and effort in service to the ACLU-NC and its Legal Foundation. As noted by the ACLU-NC:

During her six-year tenure as Legal Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, Katy Parker poured her heart and soul into protecting the rights of countless North Carolinians on issues ranging from free speech and religious liberty to racial justice, reproductive rights, and due process under the law. Parker helped to fight for third-party ballot access, to combat state laws restricting reproductive rights, to overturn the state’s unconstitutional anti-profanity law, and much more. She won a landmark case reaffirming that invocations delivered at government meetings must be nonsectarian. Parker built the ACLU-NC’s legal program into a powerful force for liberty and currently serves on its Legal Committee.

Other 2013 honorees include Deborah Weissman (Frank Porter Graham Award), Rev. Dr. William Barber, II (ACLU of North Carolina Award), James E. Ferguson, II (Paul Green Award), and Jen Jones (Sharon Thompson Award).

 
1.2013 | Adam Stein Presents at UNC Center for Civil Rights’ Race and the Law Series

Adam Stein was hosted by the UNC Center for Civil Rights to discuss his work fighting discrimination across the state. Click here to see Adam’s presentation.

 
1.2013 | Noell Tin Again Listed Among Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for 2013

Noell Tin was named to Business North Carolina’s 2013 Legal Elite, marking the sixth time he has been listed for criminal law.

 
1.2013 | Not Guilty Verdicts in Public Corruption Trial

Noell Tin and Sarah Bennett secured not guilty verdicts in Rutherford County on behalf of their client, a former public works director for the Town of Forest City who was charged with 12 felony counts of embezzlement from the town.

 
1.2013 | Noell Tin, Missy Owen, John Gresham, and Luke Largess named as 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers

Noell Tin, Missy Owen, John Gresham, and Luke Largess were named as 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers. John Gresham has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2006. Noell Tin has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2008. Luke Largess has been named a Super Lawyer since 2011. This year marks the first time that Missy Owen was named a Super Lawyer. Shirley Fulton has been named in previous years (2006, 2008-2009).

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The lists are published in the latest issue of North Carolina Super Lawyers and will be featured in a special section in Charlotte magazine and also in The New York Times (North Carolina distribution).

To view this year’s lists (and past years’ lists), click here.