Grimes Teich Anderson Attorney, Paralegal Receive NCAJ Awards

Congratulations to Grimes Teich Anderson attorney Henry Teich and paralegal Debbie Dante, who received top awards from the North Carolina Advocates for Justice at their summer convention.

Hank is the recipient of the Ebbie Award, given by the President of the NCAJ in recognition of service and inspired commitment to the organization.  Debbie is this year’s recipient of The Robbie Price Award, given to recognize the vital work of paralegals and legal assistants for “significant contributions in the fight for justice for her clients and the citizens of North Carolina.”

Debbie joined Grimes Teich Anderson LLP in 1993. Before her retirement this year, she worked in the personal injury department. She was a North Carolina Board Certified Paralegal and a Nationally Certified Legal Assistant of the National Association of Legal Assistants. Debbie was also the firm’s software manager and IT liaison. In addition, she helped form the Asheville Area Paralegal Association and, as a member of the NCAJ, Debbie was Program Chair of the Paralegal Division. In 2007, the NCAJ awarded her the Order of Service for her contributions of time and talent in advancing the organization’s mission to protect people’s rights.

Hank, a founder of Grimes Teich Anderson, is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. He is a member of the NCAJ Board of Governors, a member of the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section, and a benefactor of the organization. He has received the NCAJ’s Order of Service 5 times and is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and North Carolina Super Lawyers.®

The NCAJ is a nonpartisan organization of legal professionals dedicated to protecting people’s rights. Grimes Teich Anderson is a North Carolina and South Carolina injury & disability law firm with primary offices in Asheville and Greenville. www.gtalaw.net

Attorney John D. Noor of Roberts & Stevens Law Firm receives back-to-back awards for pro bono work

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney John D. Noor is being recognized for his pro bono work with two back-to-back awards: the 2021 Carolina Law Pro Bono Publico Alumnus of the Year Award, given by UNC School of Law; and the 2021 North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division Pro Bono Service Award.

UNC School of Law’s Pro Bono Publico Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes the commitment to pro bono among Carolina Law alumni. The award celebrates an alumnus or alumna who has worked to meet unmet legal needs and has demonstrated a commitment to pro bono service. The 2021 North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division Pro Bono Service Award will be presented at the NCBA’s Annual Meeting in June.

Noor is a litigation attorney focusing on environmental law, complex business litigation, governmental affairs, and public policy. He has been involved in cases concerning a broad range of companies, from multi-billion-dollar financial institutions, to small, closely-held family businesses. In his environmental practice, John has worked on Brownfields Redevelopment, permitting under the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, nuisance actions, administrative rulemaking, oil and natural gas leasing, and energy performance contracting. 

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves clients across the state in a wide variety of industries, ranging from large corporations and governmental entities to family-owned companies, small businesses, and individuals. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com.

In Memoriam – Susan Strayhorn Barbour

We regret to inform you that Susan Strayhorn Barbour passed away on May 26, 2021, in Asheville.

Family was the most important part of Susan’s life.  She was a devoted daughter, and loving wife and mother.  She encouraged, nurtured and enjoyed relationships and visiting with in-laws and extended family, including beloved brothers and sisters in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  Susan is survived by her husband Fred Barbour, son and daughter in law Brian and Jacki Barbour, son Jason Barbour, and her parents Bob and Helen Strayhorn.

Susan was born in 1959 and was raised in what was then rural Orange County, in the New Hope community between Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.  She enjoyed the lifelong bonds with friends and neighbors that were forged growing up on her parents’ farm.  One of her talking points in later job interviews was her livestock raising & showing experiences as a child and teen.

Susan earned her political science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981.  She enrolled in law school at UNC in the fall of 1981, graduating with honors in 1984, and also finding time to get to know her classmate and future husband Fred. Susan settled in Asheville with Fred and cultivated a good home for their sons Brian and Jason. Susan practiced law for more than 30 years in Asheville, including the last two decades with McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A.

During her legal career, Susan won numerous awards for her professionalism and real estate acumen, including achieving her specialization in commercial real estate from the NC State Bar.  She was perhaps most proud of being recognized by her legal peers with the 2012-2013 28th Judicial District Bar Professionalism Award.  Susan served the legal profession with active participation in the Real Estate Section of the North Carolina State Bar, and her law firm by serving its management committee, later as Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, and always as a mentor and friend.

Susan had a lifelong practice of kindness to others.  She made everyone welcome in her home, often feeding the crowd that gathered with her sons and nieces.  She volunteered and served with distinction with many organizations including the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Charitable Trust, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the YMCA of Western North Carolina, and the Asheville Humane Society.  Susan served in various volunteer roles for the Asheville Humane Society for over ten years, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Reading was Susan’s favorite free-time occupation.  She devoured books, and could not be pulled away to other activities when she had “just a few pages left.”   She also enjoyed cooking, following old family recipes, learning new ones on-line, and whipping up delicious meals from scratch based on whatever was at hand.  She delighted in surprising family and friends with their favorite foods on special occasions.  She loved the outdoors and was an avid walker, hiker and boater.   She enjoyed movies the way others might enjoy music, learning her favorite scenes and dialog by heart.

Susan is missed immensely, but will be remembered forever with love.

There are two separate Memorial Services scheduled.

Asheville, North Carolina

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Room in Highsmith Student Union on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, 700 Founders Drive, Asheville, NC 28804. Rev. Mary Caldwell will officiate. Masks are required consistent with UNCA policy. The family will receive friends following the service.

For those unable to attend, you may follow the service live streamed at a link to be found at www.mwblawyers.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Susan Barbour to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

Hillsborough, North Carolina

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 2:00 pm at New Hope Presbyterian Church 4701 NC Hwy 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Rev. Kerri Hefner will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Susan Barbour to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806.

South College Paralegal Program Seeks Attorney Input

The Paralegal and Legal Studies department of South College, Asheville seeks input from attorneys in all practice areas. This brief survey will help our faculty support our students as they advance in their careers. The questionnaire also gives attorneys an opportunity to provide much needed guidance regarding current needs and expectations of lawyers and law firms. The questionnaire should take less than five minutes to complete and provides us with very valuable information.

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Brandon Casey Is New Associate Attorney at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP

Grimes Teich Anderson is happy to congratulate and welcome our newest attorney, Brandon Casey. Judge Alan Thornburg swore him in on to the North Carolina State Bar on Monday. He joins Grimes Teich Anderson as an associate in the personal injury department. Mr. Casey grew up in Mitchell County. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and his J.D. from Elon University School of Law, where he was vice-president of Elon’s Military Law Society. He was also a summer clerk for the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Grimes Teich Anderson is a personal injury and disability law firm serving Western North Carolina and Upstate South Caroline with primary offices in Asheville and Greenville. www.gtalaw.net