Career Almanac

On the Move

Lauri Eberhart, former general counsel and vice president of communications of Speedway Motorsports and executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway, joined entertainment attorney Melinda Morris Zanoni to form the rebranded firm of Apollo Sports & Entertainment Law Group, concentrating in sports and entertainment law.

Attorney Caitlin Walton joined the law firm of Essex Richards. Her practice centers on civil litigation.

Two lawyers from the Charlotte office of New York-based King & Spalding were named partners of the international law firm: Antonio Lewis, whose practice concentrates on intellectual property, and Christopher McCoy, who concentrates on capital transactions and real estate.

Margaret Allen joined Fuse Financial Partners as director of the company. She will work as a financial consultant for distribution and contracting companies, as well as provide outsourced controller services to companies in Union County and surrounding areas.

Hatcher Law Group hired C. Trent Womble as a family law attorney.

Lake Norman residents Deborah Gentry and Barbara Guillote became associate owners in, a national grocery shopping and delivery company, to offer personalized shopping services in the greater north Charlotte-Lake Norman-Statesville region. Clients place orders by phone or email, and for a fee WeGoShop delivers the food and other household items directly to their home or office.

Luquire George Andrews, the regional advertising, digital and public relations agency, promoted Todd Aldridge to senior vice president/creative director.

Eli Timberg was hired as an attorney by the Public Defender's office.

Realtor Kyle Robinson joined Weichert, Realtors - LKN Partners of Mooresville to focus primarily on residential property in Lake Norman and surrounding areas. Weichert, Realtors – Rebhan & Associates added agents Jessica Fava and Ted Abbott to their sales team.

Elizabeth Grove joined Bissell as property assistant.

Notable Items

Horack Talley received the Outstanding Firm Pro Bono Service Award from the Council for Children's Rights. Individual honorees were Horack Talley family law attorneys Gena Morris, Mitchell Kelling, Will Medlin, Libby James, and Bree Laughrun. As volunteers for the Council's Custody Advocacy Program, they donate their legal expertise to advocate for children caught in the middle of contested cases.

The Rock Hill, S.C., firm of James C. Hardin III, PLLC, received Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for trusts and estates law in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers, a recognition it has held since the publication’s inception in 2010.

The N.C. chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America honored Phil Tackett with its Champion Award for his long-time involvement with the chapter’s golf tournament and other fundraiser events. The nonprofit also presented its Mission Award to Debbie Rognstad of Waxhaw, a lupus patient who was diagnosed as a young mother, and who is the chapter’s longest-standing support group facilitator and mentor.

Four Charlotteans earned the professional CCIM designation from the Certified Commercial Investment Member, a commercial real estate network: Michael G. Altieri, business development broker, NAI Southern Real Estate; Roderick Gee, commercial real estate advisor, IPA Commercial; Steve Hallmark, property manager, Cousins Properties; and George Kornegay, investment sales broker, The Nichols Co.

The law firm of Bradley Arant was included in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers Tier 1 national ranking in the practice areas of construction law and mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants. The firm also received Charlotte Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

Allen Tate Relocation and Corporate Services, a division of the Allen Tate Company, was named U.S. Real Estate Service Partner of the Year by TheMIGroup, a partner of global relocation management solutions.

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