Young gun (Best under 40)

Jami Jackson Farris

My most prized possession is a program from the 1983 Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament, signed by the UNC team — including Michael Jordan. That was the first year I went to the tournament, and my dad somehow got us into the media area. This program represents the love of UNC athletics that has been shared — at times irrationally — by four generations of my family.

Vita: Born Sept. 17, 1971, in Raleigh; bachelor’s from The College of William & Mary and law degree from UNC Chapel Hill; husband and one child. Specialty: Litigation. Why she chose this field: The variety. Memorable cases: I tried two cases consecutively, a licensing case and a construction dispute, in which my clients had made mistakes. We decided to admit the errors. The plaintiffs in both cases were unreasonable and wanted nothing less than to destroy my clients’ businesses. Both cases resulted in verdicts of zero dollars in favor of my clients. What she’d be if not a lawyer: I would return to my previous career — a high-school English teacher and coach. Hero: My mom proved that working mothers can do it all well. Passions: Community service through Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and the Charlotte Top of the Week Rotary Club. Favorite books: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Don’t ask her to: Go to court unprepared.

Young guns

Jami Jackson Farris Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP | Charlotte Curtis C. Brewer IV K&L Gates LLP | Raleigh Edward B. “Ward” Davis Bell, Davis & Pitt PA | Charlotte Kearns Davis Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP | Greensboro Stephen J. Dunn Van Hoy, Reutlinger, Adams & Dunn | Charlotte E. Bradley Evans Ward & Smith PA | New Bern Michelle L. Frazier Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA | Raleigh Richard S. Gottlieb, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP | Winston-Salem Garland G. Graham Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC | Greensboro O. Drew Grice Jr. Walker, Clark, Allen, Grice, Ammons & Foy LLP | Goldsboro Mark S. Hartman Davis Hartman Wright PLLC | New Bern Jason L. Hendren Brady, Nordgren, Morton & Malone PLLC | Raleigh Justin D. Howard McGuireWoods LLP | Raleigh Elizabeth H. Johnson Hunton & Williams LLP | Raleigh Henry L. “Hal” Kitchin Jr. McGuireWoods LLP | Wilmington Norman F. Klick Jr. Carruthers & Roth PA | Greensboro Mark R. Kutny Hamilton Moon Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC | Charlotte Scott Lewis Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP | Wilmington Steven K. McCallister Shanahan Law Group PLLC | Raleigh Peter B. McGuire Roberts & Stevens PA | Asheville Arthur E. Morehead IV The Duke Endowment | Charlotte Jason D. Newton Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP | Raleigh Jeffrey J. Owen McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA | Asheville Jason M. Peltz Peltz Law Firm PLLC | Asheville Charles E. Raynal IV Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP | Raleigh Melody C. Ray-Welborn Graebe Hanna & Welborn PLLC | Raleigh Arlene M. Reardon Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP | High Point Christopher Alan Rogerson Law Office of Christopher Rogerson | Kinston Erik M. Rosenwood Hamilton Moon Stephens Steele & Martin PLLC | Charlotte Matthew P. Sperati Keel Lassiter Duffy & Sperati PLLC | Rocky Mount Raymond A. Starling N.C. Department of Agriculture | Raleigh Wyatt Shorter Stevens Roberts & Stevens PA | Asheville Andrew W.J. Tarr Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA | Charlotte Joshua R. Van Kampen Fosbinder & Van Kampen PLLC | Charlotte Elizabeth Weddington Voltz Weatherspoon & Voltz LLP | Raleigh Judson A. Welborn Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA | Raleigh Kevin G. Williams Bell, Davis & Pitt PA | Winston-Salem Michael L. Wilson Johnston, Allison & Hord PA | Charlotte