John A. Northen Northen Blue LLP, Chapel Hill

I use our house at Emerald Isle as a place to get away from work and spend time with my family and occasionally as an Eastern office since it affords a quiet place to work on matters that suffer from interruption. Going across the bridge from the mainland, I get this sense that my blood pressure drops, and I can look forward to working on the porch and watching the Intracoastal boat traffic whenever I look up from my files or laptop. Not a bad way to work on the weekend when you have to, and whenever I need a break, I can run on the beach or drive Katy, my golden retriever, around in the boat.

Vita: Born April 24, 1950, in Asheville; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill; wife and three daughters. Why he chose this field: I gradually worked into it from a general business and real-estate practice. I enjoyed the accelerated pace of the litigation and the hands-on business and financial aspects of restructuring the debtor’s business. Memorable case: The Chapter 11 restructuring of Convenience USA, a multistate owner and operator of convenience stores, which involvedcomplex legal and strategic issues and ended in a successful restructuring. What he’d be if not a lawyer: I would like to say a writer, but more likely I’d be a turnaround consultant. Passions: Family, running and cruising on my boat with my wife and dog. Don’t ask him to: Lie for you.�