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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 | 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.

 
8.2017 | Nine Firm Members Recognized as 2018 Best Lawyers in America

Nine members of the firm were listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2018:

Margaret Errington: Employment Law (Individuals) (first listed in 2008)
John Gresham: Litigation (First Amendment), Labor and Employment (first listed in 1995)
Mike Klinkosum: Criminal Defense (General Practice) (first listed in 2016)
Luke Largess: Employment Law (Individuals), Labor and Employment (first listed in 2014)
Missy Owen: Criminal Defense (General Practice), Criminal Defense (White-Collar)
Adam Stein: Appellate Practice, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs), Personal Injury Litigation (Plaintiffs) (first listed in 1995)
Jake Sussman: Criminal Defense (General Practice), 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, Mediation (first listed in 2016)

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

 
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.”

 
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

 
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.

 
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 | 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 | 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:

 
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

 
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

 
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.

 
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.”

 
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.