Chambers USA Awards Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP Top Legal Rankings Again For 2013

ATLANTA – Chambers USA Awards announced today that national labor and employment law firm Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, is among firms selected to its 2013 list of top-ranking law firms and attorneys.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, was awarded eight firm rankings and 27 distinct individual attorney rankings in the Chambers USA Awards—conducted by Chambers and Partners—which recognizes and rewards America’s top business attorneys and leading law firms. Chambers USA selected Constangy’s offices in North Carolina (Winston-Salem and Asheville) as top-ranked in the state for Labor & Employment Law. The firm’s offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee were also ranked as leading labor and employment law firms in these states.

Among the outstanding Constangy, Brooks & Smith attorneys who were top-ranked individually in Labor & Employment Law are John F. Dickinson from the Jacksonville office in Florida; and John Doyle, Jr., Kenneth P. Carlson, Jr. and W. Randolph Loftis, Jr., from the Winston-Salem office in North Carolina. In addition, Penni Pearson Bradshaw of Winston-Salem was selected as a top-ranked leader in Immigration law, as well as a highly ranked attorney in Labor & Employment Law.
Accompanying the top-ranked individual attorney recognitions, Mary Dohner Smith, partner in the firm’s Nashville office; Mark Tilkens, office head of the firm’s Madison office and Tamula Yelling, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office were all honored as ‘Up and Coming’ in Labor & Employment Law.

Other highly ranked attorneys include:

  • Richard O. Brown (Alabama – Birmingham Office)
  • Dana L. Thrasher (Alabama – Birmingham Office)
  • F. Damon Kitchen (Florida – Jacksonville Office)
  • Michael D. Malfitano (Florida – Tampa Office)
  • W. Melvin Haas, III (Georgia – Macon Office)
  • William K. Principe (Georgia – Atlanta Office)
  • Patrick R. Tyson (Georgia – Atlanta Office)
  • Neil H. Wasser (Georgia – Atlanta Office)
  • Timothy A. Davis (Missouri – Kansas City)
  • Robert Janowitz (Missouri – Kansas City)
  • Terry A. Clark (North Carolina – Winston Salem Office)
  • M. Brian Magargle (South Carolina – Columbia Office)
  • J. Steve Warren (South Carolina – Greenville Office)
  • William (Zan) A. Blue, Jr. (Tennessee – Nashville Office)
  • Teresa Rider Bult (Tennessee – Nashville Office)
  • Michael P. Maslanka (Texas – Dallas Office)
  • James M. Coleman (Virginia – Fairfax Office)
  • Jewell Lim Esposito (Virginia – Fairfax Office)

About Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP:

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP has counseled employers on labor and employment law matters, exclusively, since 1946. A “Go To” Law Firm in Corporate Counsel and Fortune Magazine, it represents Fortune 500 corporations and small companies across the country. Its attorneys are consistently rated as top lawyers in their practice areas by sources such as Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell, and Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States, and the firm is top-ranked by the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms survey. More than 140 lawyers partner with clients to provide cost-effective legal services and sound preventive advice to enhance the employer-employee relationship. Offices are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information, visit

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Tax attorney Ryan W. Coffield joins The Van Winkle Law Firm

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (May 28, 2013) – The Van Winkle Law Firm announced the arrival of attorney Ryan W. Coffield to its Asheville office. He will join the firm’s business practice group. His practice focuses on business and non-profit tax matters, including transactions, reorganizations, and controversies. Coffield received his law degree and Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Prior to joining The Van Winkle Law Firm, Coffield practiced in the Triangle. He is native of North Carolina and was raised in the Charlotte area.

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Welcoming Jessica Leaven back to Asheville

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Jessica Leaven

“Jessica E. Leaven is a new member of the Buncombe County Bar. She is a partner at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP where her practice focuses on Employment Law on behalf of employees. Jessica initially practiced in Asheville for four years. Prior to her return to the mountains a few months ago, she was an associate with the firm Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney, P.A. in Durham.”

Missy Spainhour named to Business NC Legal Elite

Davis Hartman Wright PLLC is pleased to announce the selection of Shannon (“Missy”) Sumerell Spainhour in the firm’s Asheville office (formerly in the Charlotte office) in Business North Carolina magazine’s 2013 Legal Elite listing in the area of Employment and in the North Carolina Super Lawyers 2013 list as a “Rising Star” in the “Employment and Labor” category.

Welcome Missy Spainhour

Shannon (“Missy”) Sumerell Spainhour is a new member of the Buncombe County Bar. She recently opened the Asheville office of Davis Hartman Wright PLLC, based in New Bern. Missy practices in the fields of labor & employment law and civil litigation, and comes to Asheville from Charlotte, where she has practiced in these areas since 2001.