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11.2018 | Chambers Quoted in American Bar Association Article, “Independent Contractors Might Actually Be Employees”

On November 23, 2018, the American Bar Association published a feature article entitled, “Independent Contractors Might Actually Be Employees,” which examines the Supreme Court of California’s recent employment law decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Lee.

Cheyenne N. Chambers offered her opinion on Dynamex, stating in part: “I am happy that the court has embraced a more employee-friendly standard that resonates with the objectives of the state’s protective legislation.” The article can be found here.

 
11.2018 | Owen Co-Chairs NACDL Conference

Attorney Missy Owen co-chaired this year’s National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ “Zealous Defense of Sex Crimes” CLE in Las Vegas. For more information about Owen’s leadership role with NACDL, click here.

 
4.2018 | Jury Awards $100,000 Judgment in Police Shooting Case

A Mecklenburg County jury awarded a $100,000 judgment to the family of Spencer Mims, III, who was fatally shot by a CMPD officer in 2013. The family was represented by lead attorney, Luke Largess, and attorney Cheyenne Chambers.

During his opening statement to jurors, Largess explained that Mims’ death was the result of a series of small but significant errors. “The errors weren’t abusive. But they were mistakes,” Largess told the Charlotte Observer. “Those mistakes took a life, a life that was part of a family that loved someone.”

Additional media coverage of the trial can be accessed via the Charlotte Observer and here.

 
3.2018 | Cheyenne Chambers Featured in Ohio State Law Alumna Profile

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law ran a feature profile about alumna Cheyenne N. Chambers, discussing her prior experience as a law student, her scholarship for Moritz BLSA students, and her work at Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen. The profile can be accessed here.

 
3.2018 | Largess and Chambers Obtain Victory Before Supreme Court of North Carolina

In March 2018, S. Luke Largess and Cheyenne N. Chambers obtained a significant victory before the Supreme Court of North Carolina on behalf of Kevin Tully, a Wilmington police officer. The landmark case created a new cause of action for government employees under Article I, Section 1 of the North Carolina Constitution.

In December 2014, represented by former Tin Fulton attorney, Katy Parker, Mr. Tully sued the City, asserting that he was never given the opportunity to grieve his denial of a promotion—a violation of his state constitutional right to “the enjoyment of the fruits of [his] own labor.”

The Supreme Court of North Carolina’s opinion can be accessed here.

Video of the oral argument before the Supreme Court of North Carolina can be accessed here.

Local media coverage can be accessed here.

 
1.2018 | Four Firm Members Recognized as North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”

Courtney H. Smith, Jim Melo, Missy Owen, and Noell Tin were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for 2018. Smith was recognized for her work in Family Law. Melo was recognized for his work in Immigration. Owen and Tin were recognized for their work in Criminal Defense.

 
1.2018 | Eight Firm Members Named as 2018 Super Lawyers

Eight members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers. In addition, Luke Largess was listed among the Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte and the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina, and Missy Owen was listed among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in North Carolina. Firm members listed for 2018 include:

Cheyenne N. Chambers (2018-present) (Rising Star)
John Gresham (2006-present)
Luke Largess (2011-present) (Top 100, Top 25 Charlotte)
Sam McGee (2012-present)
Missy Owen (2013-present) (Top 50 Women)
Matt Pruden (2014-2015, 2018-present)
Courtney H. Smith (2018-present) (Rising Star)
Adam Stein (2013-present)
Noell Tin (2008-present)

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.

 
1.2018 | Jim Melo Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

In January 2018, Jim Melo joined the Raleigh Office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. Jim is a successful criminal defense and immigration attorney, defending numerous clients in removal proceedings, asylum cases, cancellation of removal cases, 212(h) cases, and various other forms of relief, as well as felony state and federal criminal matters throughout North Carolina.