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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.

 
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 | 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.

 
1.2017 | 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 | 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.

 
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 | 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.

 
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).

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 | 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.

 
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.

 
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:

 
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.

 
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.”

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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