Attorney Susan Russo Klein Joins Roberts & Stevens Law Firm

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney Susan Russo Klein has joined the firm. Russo Klein will work with the firm’s labor and employment law and business law teams, advising and representing employers and businesses of all sizes.

Russo Klein brings to her practice more than 14 years of experience as in-house counsel for businesses, drafting and negotiating business contracts, advising on employment-related matters, and managing acquisitions.

Before joining Roberts & Stevens, Russo Klein served as general counsel for a hospitality company based in Asheville, where she resolved employment law issues, drafted and negotiated contracts, and recommended risk management strategies for hotels, fitness centers and other businesses.

“Susan is a great addition to our firm,” said Vince Childress of Roberts & Stevens. “Her experience working as in-house counsel for businesses in different industries, hospitality in particular, has given her a broad skill set and a unique perspective that will serve our clients and our team well.”

Russo Klein earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina and her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association, where she is part of the Corporate Counsel and Real Property sections.

In the community, Russo Klein volunteers with Pisgah Legal Services and is a North Carolina Bar Association Call 4All participant. She is also co-founder of the Asheville Area Paralegal Association and a member of the St. Eugene Catholic Church Parish Council.

The Roberts & Stevens labor and employment law practice advises employers of all sizes, from family-run startups to large corporations, in all aspects of employment counseling and litigation. The firm’s business law team provides comprehensive legal representation to businesses facing a variety of legal issues, from starting a business and handling daily legal concerns to dealing with complex matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and the sales of businesses.

Roberts & Stevens Law Firm Welcomes Attorney Elizabeth Tramm Dechant

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to welcome attorney Elizabeth Tramm Dechant to the firm’s bankruptcy, collections and creditors’ rights team.

Dechant will focus her practice on creditor representation and bankruptcy matters. She has experience advising clients on various aspects of restructurings, including asset sales, mergers, refinances, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. Before joining Roberts & Stevens, she was an associate in the Atlanta and Chicago offices of a major law firm, where she represented distressed companies, secured lenders, equity holders, and buyers in in-court and out-of-court restructurings and workouts.

“We are glad to welcome Liz to the firm’s bankruptcy, collections and creditors’ rights practice group,” said Greg Hutchins, president of Roberts & Stevens. “Her depth of experience will benefit our team and the firm’s current and future clients.”

After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Dechant served as judicial law clerk to the Hon. J. Rick Leonard (retired), the Hon. Stephani W. Humrickhouse, and the Hon. A. Thomas Small (retired), each a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Dechant is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Division and Young Lawyers Division, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, and the Turnaround Management Association. In the community, she is active with United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

Roberts & Stevens’ bankruptcy, collections and creditors’ rights team handles all manner of issues that arise in bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation cases as well as Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, receivership cases, plans of arrangement, loan forbearance and extension agreements, and other non-bankruptcy workouts and restructurings. It also provides services for creditors in collections, foreclosures, construction matters, and commercial and personal bankruptcies.

Three Roberts & Stevens Attorneys Included in Business North Carolina’s 2019 Legal Elite

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys, Jacqueline D. Grant, Marc Rudow and Wyatt S. Stevens, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories.

Jacqueline D. Grant is recognized in the Employment category. Grant represents individuals, businesses and organizations in a broad range of areas including civil litigation, complex personal injury, employment litigation and professional liability litigation at the trial and appellate levels in both North Carolina State and U.S. Federal Courts.

Marc Rudow is recognized in the Real Estate category. Rudow practices commercial and residential real estate law, land conservation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and estate planning. His real estate practice includes every stage of a real estate transaction, from initial contract, through due diligence to closing.

Wyatt S. Stevens is recognized in the Litigation category. Stevens represents individuals, businesses and organizations in state and federal courts throughout Western North Carolina in complex personal injury litigation, commercial litigation and zoning matters. His clients include companies and individuals engaged in the recreational sports industry, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, trucking and tourism industries.

Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not by BNC editors but by the state’s lawyers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite is the only award that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite includes the top lawyers chosen using this statewide ballot.

Six Roberts & Stevens Attorneys Selected to 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers List, Three Selected to Rising Stars List

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Attorneys selected to the 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers list are:

Additionally, three Roberts & Stevens attorneys were selected to the 2019 North Carolina Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Attorneys selected to the 2019 North Carolina Rising Stars list are:

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 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 annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Roberts & Stevens Earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2019 “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings for Asheville in 11 Practice Areas

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that it has earned U.S. News – Best Lawyers© 2019 “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings for Asheville in the following practice areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers© “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

The 2019 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.