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3.2017 | Bald Head Island Drops Charges Against Mother Accused of Child Abuse for Letting Son Drive Golf Cart

The Village of Bald Head Island has dismissed charges it reinstated this month against Julie Mall, a Charlotte-area woman arrested for child abuse in 2015 after letting her underage son drive a golf car at the exclusive resort off Wilmington. John Gresham is representing Mall in the related civil lawsuit against the arresting officer.

For more details, click here.

 
1.2017 | Eight Firm Members Named as 2017 Super Lawyers

Eight members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers. In addition, Missy Owen was listed among the Top 50 Women lawyers and Mike Klinkosum and Luke Largess was listed among the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina. Firm members listed for 2017 include:

John Gresham (2006-present)
Mike Klinkosum (2012-present) (Top 100)
Luke Largess (2011-present) (Top 100)
Sam McGee (2012-present)
Missy Owen (2013-present) (Top 50 Women)
Adam Stein (2013-present)
Jake Sussman (2014-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.

 
1.2017 | Cheyenne Chambers Presents to Moritz College of Law

Cheyenne Chambers was invited back to her alma mater, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, to present to the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Cheyenne’s presentation discussed the art of perseverance, as well as her experience clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Cheyenne also had an opportunity to connect with past recipients of the Chambers Scholarship, which Cheyenne created during law school. The Chambers Scholarship seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession.

For more about BLSA at the Moritz College of Law, click here.

 
1.2017 | Five Firm Members Recognized as North Carolina’s “Legal Elite”

Mike Klinkosum, Luke Largess, Missy Owen, Jake Sussman, and Noell Tin were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina for 2017. Klinkosum, Owen, Sussman, and Tin were recognized for their work in Criminal Defense. Largess was listed for his work in Employment Litigation.

 
11.2016 | Firm Receives a Tier 1 ranking in the 2017 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

This Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking was based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field. Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings were achieved in:

Charlotte
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Employment Law – Individuals
Litigation – Labor & Employment

Raleigh
Criminal Defense: General Practice
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

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

 
8.2016 | Eight Firm Members Recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Eight members of the firm were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2017:

Margaret Errington: Employment Law (Individuals) (first listed in 2008)
John Gresham: First Amendment, Labor & Employment (first listed in 1995)
Mike Klinkosum: Criminal Defense (General Practice) (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 (General Practice), Criminal Defense (White-Collar) (first listed in 2010)
Lane Williamson: Commercial Litigation (first listed in 2016)

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

 
8.2016 | Lane Williamson’s August 2016 Message to the County Bar

Lane Williamson, the 2016-17 President of the Mecklenburg County Bar, issued his August message to the county bar: On Jerks.

 
8.2016 | Cheyenne Chambers Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

In August 2016, Cheyenne Chambers joined the Charlotte office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. Cheyenne joined the firm after her judicial clerkship with the Honorable Paul J. Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, and employment law.

 
7.2016 | Lane Williamson’s July 2016 Message to County Bar

Lane Williamson, the 2016-17 President of the Mecklenburg County Bar, issued his first message to the county bar: On the Vision Thing.

 
7.2016 | Katy Parker Relocates to Washington, D.C.

Katy Parker, who opened the firm’s Wilmington office, moved to Washington, D.C. in July 2016 after her husband, a long-serving U.S. Marine, received transfer orders to the nation’s capital. Katy’s work as legal director for the ACLU of North Carolina and during her tenure with Tin Fulton Walker & Owen sought justice and equality for all. The firm wishes Katy and her family good luck and thanks them for all of the important work they do.

 
2.2016 | Luke Largess and Jake Sussman Recognized by ACLU of Charlotte

Luke Largess and Jake Sussman were presented with the Richard L. Hester Civil Liberties Award by the ACLU of Charlotte. The award was “in recognition of their work to advance the civil liberties of all persons in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Their efforts resulted in the recognition of the rights of all individuals, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, to marry in the State of North Carolina.”

 
2.2016 | Sam McGee Elected to Board of Directors of STLA

Sam McGee was elected to the Board of Directors of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association during the association’s 27th Annual Mardi Gras Conference in New Orleans.

 
1.2016 | Katy Parker Featured in NC Super Lawyers Magazine

NC Super Lawyers Magazine ran a feature article about Katy Parker, her prior experience at the NC-ACLU, and her work at Tin Fulton Walker & Owen.

 
1.2016 | Nine Firm Members Named as 2016 Super Lawyers

Nine members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers. In addition, Missy Owen and Katy Parker were listed among the Top 50 Women lawyers and Luke Largess was listed among the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina. Firm members listed for 2016 include:

John Gresham (2006-present)
Mike Klinkosum (2012-present) (Rising Stars: 2009)
Luke Largess (2011-present) (Top 100)
Sam McGee (2014-present) (Rising Stars: 2012-2013)
Missy Owen (2013-present) (Top 50 Women)
Katy Parker (2015-present) (Top 50 Women)
Adam Stein (2013-present)
Jake Sussman (2014-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).

 
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.

 
11.2014 | Katy Parker Recognized by NC Lawyers Weekly as “Woman of Justice”

Katy Parker was among the 2014 Women of Justice recipients for her demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.

For the full list of award recipients, click here.

 
10.2014 | Katy Parker Honored by National Law Journal

Katy Parker was honored by the National Law Journal in a special report exploring the work of Carolina women in the law. In its feature called “Two Steps Forward,” the National Law Journal looked at people who have strived to advance the careers of women in corporate law and the legal profession in general — a persistent, formidable challenge. Based on interviews with attorneys, scholars and business professionals in the Carolinas, Katy was identified as someone who consistently has led efforts to help women move ahead in the law. Others honored included Linda McGee, Chief Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and Jean Hoefer Toal, Chief Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court. Click here to read Katy’s profile in the National Law Journal.

 
10.2014 | Jake Sussman Presents at NACDL’s “Making a Case for Life”

Jake Sussman presented at NACDL‘s national death penalty conference — “Making a Case for Life” — that took place in Charlotte in October 2014.

 
10.2014 | Firm’s Lawsuit Leads to Amendment One Being Declared Unconstitutional

In a landmark civil rights ruling, U.S. District Judge Max G. Cogburn, Jr. ruled in favor of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and co-counsel at Arnold & Porter and struck down Amendment One, the ban against same-sex marriage in North Carolina. Judge Cogburn ruled that North Carolina’s ban on marriage equality violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Judge Cogburn’s order was entered at 5:30 p.m. on October 10, 2014. In Raleigh, the Wake County Register of Deeds issued her first same-sex marriage license at 5:44 p.m. and a ceremony quickly followed.

Click here to read Judge Cogburn’s order.

See below for media coverage of this historic ruling:

The Charlotte Observer, Oct. 10, 2014
Federal Judge Overturns North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The News & Observer, Oct. 10, 2014
Gay Marriage Now Legal in North Carolina

The Charlotte Observer, Oct. 11, 2014
Charlotte Attorney For Same-Sex Couples Celebrates Anniversary — And Legal Win

 
8.2014 | Six Firm Members Recognized as 2015 Best Lawyers in America

Noell Tin, John Gresham, Luke Largess, Adam Stein, Jake Sussman, and Margaret Errington were all listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.

Noell Tin was recognized in the practice areas of Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar. 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. Margaret Errington was recognized in the practice area of Employment Law.

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

 
8.2014 | City “Dancehall” Ordinance Struck Down

Noell Tin successfully challenged the City of Charlotte’s “dancehall” ordinance as being unconstitutionally overbroad and vague. Noell’s client was arrested and charged with operating a dancehall without a permit after he hosted a Sweet 16 birthday party. Under the city ordinance, every establishment that (1) has music; (2) has space available for dancing or permits dancing to occur (whether dancing actually takes place or not); and (3) allows admission by payment of a direct or indirect charge, would need a permit. At trial, Noell showed that the city ordinance’s definition of “dancehall” was too vague, and broad enough to include museums, exercise facilities, movie theaters, yoga studios and indoor playgrounds. Noell also established that the ordinance was being enforced in a discriminatory manner — such that nearly 87% of those persons charged with operating a “dancehall” without a permit by the arresting officer involved were African-American, and that 93% of those charged were a racial minority. The court ruled that the ordinance’s definition of “dancehall” was unconstitutional.

 
7.2014 | Adam Stein Discusses Legal Challenge to State’s New Voting Restrictions

Adam Stein discusses the lawsuit challenging new voting restrictions imposed by the North Carolina legislature. With respect to the new voting law, Adam states: “The Supreme Court acted, the North Carolina legislature followed it with really discriminatory voting laws, and so we took up the challenge and went to court.” For more about the case, click here.

 
6.2014 | Marriage Equality Lawsuit Amended to Add More Plaintiffs

On June 3, 2014, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen amended its marriage equality lawsuit to add more plaintiffs. The lawsuit — General Synod of the UCC v. Cooper — challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina that ban marriage between same-sex couples and make it illegal for clergy to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations. In the wake of filing the initial complaint in April, numerous other faith organizations and leaders offered up their support and desire to join the lawsuit as plaintiffs. The amended complaint adds the Alliance of Baptists, the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists, as well as more faith leaders from a growing cross-section of religious denominations. For more about the legal challenge please visit: www.amendmentonelawsuit.com

 
5.2014 | Sex Abuse Lawsuits Against Diocese Come Before Judge

Sam McGee was in court arguing against the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte’s motion to dismiss lawsuits claiming that the Diocese and its bishops failed to follow up on earlier reports of alleged child sex abuse. Sam’s client was sexually abused in 1977 and 1978 in Albemarle, when he was 14 years old. The defendants are asking that the court dismiss the lawsuit — and related cases — because too much time has passed.

As reported in the Charlotte Observer, Sam remarked in court: “They have to figure out how to put one foot after the other and stay alive. You say to my client: ‘You did nothing (for years).’ My client says to (the diocese): ‘What did you do but turn a willful blind eye?’”

 
4.2014 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen Files Historic Challenge to NC’s Amendment One

On April 28, 2014, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen filed a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Amendment One on behalf of clergy from across faith traditions, same-sex couples and the United Church of Christ. The case challenges the constitutionality of marriage laws in North Carolina that ban marriage between same-sex couples and make it illegal for clergy to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations. The lawsuit opens a new front in marriage equality litigation: it is the only case to bring 1st Amendment religious freedom claims among the various marriage equality cases pending in courts nationally. Arnold & Porter LLP is co-counsel in the litigation. For more about the legal challenge please visit: www.amendmentonelawsuit.com

 
4.2014 | Mark Kleinschmidt Files Amicus Brief in Fourth Circuit Marriage Equality Case

Mark Kleinschmidt filed an amicus brief on behalf of Equality NC and South Carolina Equality Coalition in Bostic v. Schaefer in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Bostic is the case challenging Virginia’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

To read the amicus brief, click here.

 
2.2014 | Luke Largess Speaks About Teachers’ Rights

Luke Largess discussed Teachers’ Rights at the NC Advocates for Justice’s Employment Law CLE in Raleigh.

For more about the NC Advocates for Justice, click here.

 
1.2014 | Eight Firm Members Named as 2014 Super Lawyers

Eight members of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen were recognized as 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers:

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

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).

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

 
1.2014 | Noell Tin, Missy Owen & Luke Largess Recognized as “Legal Elite”

Noell Tin, Missy Owen, and Luke Largess were recognized as members of the “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina. Noell and Missy were listed for their work in Criminal Defense, while Luke was recognized for his work in Employment Law.

For more about Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, click here.

 
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.

 
12.2012 | Casi Clontz’s Life Sentence is Vacated and she is Released from the North Carolina Department of Corrections

Casi Clontz’s sentence of life imprisonment, which she received when she was a teenager, was vacated by the Honorable Theodore Royster in Stanly County on December 19, 2012. At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Royster ordered from the bench that Casi be immediately released from custody. At the time of her release, Casi had spent 18 years in North Carolina’s Department of Corrections.

Casi was 15-years-old in 1993 when she and her mother were charged with hiring another teenager to kill Casi’s abusive step-father. The State charged both Casi and her mother with First Degree Murder, cut a deal with the shooter, and tried both mom and daughter before a death-qualified jury in Stanly County. Both were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The shooter was released from prison in 2009.

Jake Sussman was appointed by North Carolina’s Indigent Defense Services to investigate whether recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court about sentencing teenagers to life imprisonment provided an avenue for relief for Casi. After extensive investigation and retaining a forensic psychologist and legal expert to support a claim that Casi’s trial lawyer had been ineffective at trial, Sussman filed a Motion for Appropriate Relief in Stanly County that challenged Casi’s conviction and sentence.

 
11.2012 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen Earns Top Ranking in 2013 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

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

 
10.2012 | Margaret Errington Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

C. Margaret Errington joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen as Of Counsel in the firm’s Charlote office, where she will handle general civil litigation with a focus on employment and estate matters. Prior to joining the firm, Margaret practiced with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter, where she primarily focused on civil rights, employment, estates, medical negligence, and personal injury cases.

 
10.2012 | Katherine Lewis Parker Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen and Opens Wilmington Office

Katherine Lewis Parker, former Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC), has joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in opening its Wilmington office. Katy’s practice will focus on civil rights matters, with an emphasis on police misconduct cases. The Wilmington office, located at 228 North Front Street, Suite 201, will also focus on criminal defense and employment discrimination cases.

 
9.2012 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen Host Voter Protection Luncheon with General Counsel for Democratic National Committee

 
9.2012 | Adam Stein Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Chapel Hill Office

Adam Stein joins the firm’s Chapel Hill office as Of Counsel, where he will primarily focus on medical malpractice and civil rights matters. One of the founding partners of the nationally acclaimed law firm Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter, Adam was a principal architect of that firm’s litigation strategy as it helped define and strengthen civil rights jurisprudence in North Carolina and across the country starting in the late 1960s. Adam has also played a critical role in developing North Carolina’s criminal indigent defense system. In 1980, Adam was appointed by Governor Jim Hunt to establish the Office of Appellate Defender and thereafter served as North Carolina’s first Appellate Defender. Adam was also the first chair of North Carolina’s Indigent Defense Services Commission and was a founding member of the Board of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.

 
8.2012 | Noell Tin, John Gresham, and Jake Sussman Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2013

Noell Tin, John Gresham, and Jake Sussman were listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2013. Noell Tin has been recognized since 2010 by Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. John Gresham has been listed by Best Lawyers in Litigation – First Amendment and Litigation – Labor & Employment every year since 1995. This year marks the first time that Jake Sussman was listed by Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

For 30 years, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. The new 2013 Best Lawyers in America list is based on a rigorous national survey involving more than 4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

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

 
8.2012 | Tin Fulton Walker & Owen’s Pro Bono Representation of Occupy Charlotte Defendants Results in Acquittals

Over the course of two trials in Mecklenburg County District Court, Jake Sussman secured not guilty verdicts for four defendants arrested in January 2012 following the enforcement of a controversial “anti-camping” ordinance that was passed in response to the Occupy Charlotte movement.

 
8.2012 | William G. Simpson Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Chapel Hill Office

William Simpson brings over 25 years of litigation experience in the areas of medical negligence, criminal defense, and civil and constitutional rights. Prior to joining Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, William was a staff attorney and legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (1986–1993), assistant public defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia (1993–2000), and partner with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter (2000–2012). A native of Columbia, North Carolina, William attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and law school. William received the Norman B. Smith Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina in 1994.

 
6.2012 | Sarah Bennett Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Charlotte Office

Sarah Bennett joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen after having spent a previous summer clerking for the firm. During law school, Sarah also clerked for the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office and Wake County Public Defender’s Office. Sarah’s practice with the firm will focus on criminal defense in state and federal courts. Raised in North Carolina, Sarah graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a staff member of the First Amendment Law Review and Vice President of the American Constitution Society. During law school, Sarah was involved in a number of pro bono projects with North Carolina Prisoners Legal Services, the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, the Election Protection Project, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and UNC’s Pro Bono Divorce Clinic.

 
5.2012 | Noell Tin Appointed to Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System Task Force

Noell Tin was appointed by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice to be a member of its Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Criminal Justice System Task Force. The group has begun to examine Department of Justice and Department of Corrections data in anticipation of proposing the development of a stand-alone independent Commission involving all stakeholders in the criminal justice system to continue to study disparities and recommend appropriate action.

 
5.2012 | Mark J. Kleinschmidt Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in its Chapel Hill Office

Mark Kleinschmidt joins the firm’s Chapel Hill office after serving six years as the Executive Director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham. At Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, Mark’s practice will primarily focus on criminal defense in both state and federal courts.

While the Executive Director at the Fair Trial Initiative, Mark represented inmates on North Carolina’s death row and recruited and trained young attorneys to become capital trial lawyers. Prior to leading the Fair Trial Initiative, Mark spent six years as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, where, among other successes, he helped exonerate North Carolina death row inmate Levon “Bo” Jones.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Mark taught high school at West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1997. Mark also serves as Mayor of Chapel Hill, having been elected in 2009 and re-elected 2011.

 
3.2012 | Jon Wallas Joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

Jon Wallas joins Tin Fulton Walker & Owen as Of Counsel in the firm’s Charlote office, where he will handle general civil litigation with a focus on employment and labor matters. Prior to joining the firm, Jon practiced with Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter for nearly four decades, litigating some of the most important civil rights cases across the state and country. Jon has tried numerous employment discrimination cases, and has handled class action lawsuits, death penalty cases, First Amendment matters, medical malpractice actions, bankruptcy litigation, and business and contract disputes. He also previously represented the Resolution Trust Corporation in numerous matters, including professional liability litigation.

 
2.2012 | Luke Largess Prevails in Federal Court with $1.1M Verdict

Luke Largess successfully represented Jeff Leardini, a former middle school teacher, in a lawsuit against the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Leardini had previously been charged with improperly touching students in 2006 and was terminated by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Noell Tin represented Leardini on criminal charges and secured acquittals on all charges in Mecklenburg County Superior Court in June 2007.

In a subsequent civil lawsuit, Leardini alleged that the school system violated his right to due process when they terminated him. On February 24, 2012, a Federal District Court jury ruled in Leardini’s favor and awarded him over $1.1 million. Leardini said he never thought about giving up and putting the episode behind him, telling the Charlotte Observer: “My good name is worth it, even if it takes five years to get there.” Largess observed that the jury’s verdict should help “the school system to appreciate the personal pressure that people are under when they’re accused,” stressing that teachers “should be supported and not just treated as the enemy.”

The school system appealed the jury’s verdict and the case was later settled for $680,000.

 
9.2011 | Noell Tin’s Client is Exonerated After 10 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Noell Tin successfully proved that Kenneth Kagonyera was innocent of a murder for which he had been imprisoned for over a decade. The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which investigates and evaluates post-conviction claims of factual innocence, had recommended a hearing for Kagonyera and his co-defendant Robert Wilcoxson after both men had served close to 11 years for the murder. The matter was tried before a 3-judge-panel in Buncombe County Superior Court in September 2011. Evidence included testimony that DNA evidence, which had been withheld from prior defense counsel, implicated another individual in the murder. The panel also heard testimony that another man had confessed to the murder and that this confession had not been disclosed by the State. On September 22, 2011, the 3-judge-panel found Kagonyera and Wilcoxson, who was represented by Chris Fialko of Rudolf Widenhouse & Fialko, innocent of the murder and ordered that they be set free.

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8.2011 | Noell Tin and John Gresham Listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2012

Noell Tin and John Gresham were listed by Best Lawyers in America for 2012. Noell Tin has been recognized since 2010 by Best Lawyers in Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. John Gresham has been listed by Best Lawyers in Litigation – First Amendment and Litigation – Labor & Employment every year since 1995.

For 30 years, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded by both the legal profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

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

 
1.2011 | John Gresham and Jake Sussman Join Tin Fulton Walker & Owen

 
9.2008 | Firm Relocates to Historic Villalonga House in Dilworth

In the fall of 2008, the firm relocated from Uptown Charlotte to the historic Villalonga House in Dilworth.