12.2015 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen Files Challenge to NC’s Senate Bill 2

On December 9, 2014, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six plaintiffs challenging Senate Bill 2, the state law passed in defiance of federal court orders that struck down Amendment One and declared that marriage is a fundamental right for gay and lesbian citizens. Senate Bill 2 allows magistrates who do not believe in marriage equality to renounce their judicial oath to uphold and evenly apply the United States Constitution. The lawsuit alleges that Senate Bill 2 violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Meghann Burke of Brazil & Burke in Asheville is co-counsel in the litigation. For media coverage of the lawsuit, please see these links: N&O Reuters

11.2015 | Mike Klinkosum and Missy Owen Present at NACDL Conference

Mike Klinkosum was a featured presenter at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers‘ 6th Annual Defending Sex Crimes Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Missy Owen was one of the organizers of the conference.

11.2015 | Firm Recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2016 “Best Law Firms”

The firm was recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2016 “Best Law Firms.” The firm received “Metropolitan Tier 1” recognition in Charlotte for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Employment Law: Individuals, and Litigation: Labor & Employment, and in Raleigh for Medical Malpractice Law: Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation: Plaintiffs. The firm received “Metropolitan Tier 2” recognition in Charlotte for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Litigation: First Amendment.

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

10.2015 | Emily Gladden Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

In October 2015, Emily Gladden joined the Raleigh office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. Formerly a public defender in New York, Emily will focus on criminal defense in state and federal courts.

9.2015 | Katy Parker & Jake Sussman Recognized as 2015 Leaders in the Law

Katy Parker and Jake Sussman were both recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as “Leaders in the Law” for 2015. The recognition goes to attorneys “who go above and beyond in their profession and their community” and “represent the most influential individuals within our state’s legal community.”

8.2015 | Eight Firm Members Recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers in America

Eight members of the firm were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016:

Margaret Errington: Employment Law (Individuals) (first listed in 2008)
John Gresham: First Amendment, Labor & Employment (first listed in 1995)
Mike Klinkosum: Criminal Defense (Non-White-Collar) (first listed in 2016)
Luke Largess: Employment Law (Individuals), Labor & Employment (first listed in 2014)
Adam Stein: Appellate Practice, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice (Plaintiffs), Personal Injury (Plaintiffs) (first listed in 1995)
Jake Sussman: Criminal Defense (White-Collar) (first listed in 2013)
Noell Tin: Criminal Defense (White-Collar), Criminal Defense (Non-White-Collar) (first listed in 2010)
Lane Williamson: Commercial Litigation (first listed in 2016)

In addition, Luke Largess was named Lawyer of the Year in the area of Employment Law (Individuals). According to Best Lawyers, only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as Lawyer of the Year.

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

6.2015 | Coverage of Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Kenneth Kagonyera

Following the exoneration of Kenneth Kagonyera by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the law firm filed suit against Buncombe County and various current and former members of the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office for their respective roles in the wrongful prosecution of Mr. Kagonyera. The lawsuit was ultimately resolved when the civil defendants agreed to pay Mr. Kagonyera $515,000. Click here for coverage of the civil lawsuit.

5.2015 | Lane Williamson Introduced as President-Elect for Mecklenburg County Bar

Lane Williams was introduced at the Mecklenburg County Bar annual meeting as President-Elect for 2015-2016.

4.2015 | Sussman Op-Ed in The Charlotte Observer

Jake Sussman’s op-ed about the criminal justice system ran in The Charlotte Observer on April 26, 2015.

4.2015 | Gen. Petraeus Receives Probation

On April 23, 2015, General David Petraeus, former military commander in the U.S. Army and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was sentenced to probation for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified information, a misdemeanor. Jake Sussman was a member of General David Petraeus’ defense team. Click here for media coverage of the case.

4.2015 | Luke Largess and Jake Sussman Present at LGBT* in the South Conference

Luke Largess and Jake Sussman presented a CLE at the LGBT* in the South Conference in Asheville on their litigation efforts to overturn Amendment One and secure marriage equality in North Carolina. The presentation was called: Day One in North Carolina: How General Synod of the UCC v. Reisinger Brought Marriage Equality to North Carolina.

1.2015 | Ten Firm Members Named as 2015 Super Lawyers

Ten members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers:

John Gresham (2006-2015)
Mike Klinkosum (2012-2015) (Rising Stars: 2009)
Luke Largess (2011-2015)
Sam McGee (2014-2015) (Rising Stars: 2012-2013)
Missy Owen (2013-2015)
Katy Parker (2015)
Matt Pruden (Rising Stars: 2014-2015)
Adam Stein (2013-2015)
Jake Sussman (2014-2015)
Noell Tin (2008-2015)

Mike Klinkosum was also selected among the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Shirley Fulton has been named a Super Lawyer 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).

1.2015 | Mike Klinkosum Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Opens Raleigh Office

In January 2015, Mike Klinkosum opened the Raleigh office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. With almost 20 years of experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer, Mike is no stranger to legal battles. He will continue to handle criminal cases in state and federal courts.

1.2015 | Four Firm Members Recognized as “Legal Elite” in North Carolina

Luke Largess, Katy Parker, Jake Sussman, and Noell Tin were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for 2015. Luke and Katy were recognized for their work in Employment Law, and Noell and Jake were listed for their work in Criminal Defense.