Corporate Counsel

Gaither M. Keener Lowe’s Cos., Mooresville

My mentor at Wake Forest always said lawyers want to be ministers and ministers want to be lawyers because you’re both preaching. We’re both advocates. We wear different collars, but it’s pretty similar.

Vita: Born June 15, 1949, in Newton; bachelor’s from Western Carolina University and law degree from Wake Forest University; wife, two children and one grandchild, with another due this month. Why he chose this field: I initially was a litigator for McElwee Hall McElwee law firm in North Wilkesboro. Several cases were for Lowe’s. After about two years, I was asked if I’d like to do some corporate work. Memorable case: I call it the little red wagon case, about a man who had been prosecuted several times for stealing his neighbor’s little red wagon. Passion: Veterans’ rights. Favorite books: Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by James Webb and The Rocks: The True Story of the Worst Team in Baseball History by Wilt Browning. Granite Falls had a professional baseball team one year, and it won 19 games out of 109. Favorite place: Sitting in a baseball park. There doesn’t have to be anybody there. Heroes: I’m a Dodger fan, especially the Brooklyn Dodgers — people like Duke Snider, Jimmy Gilliam, Gil Hodges, PeeWee Reese, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Don’t ask him to: Lie.

Corporate counsel

Gaither M. Keener Lowe’s Cos. | Mooresville Michael R. Abel Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC | Greensboro John W. Babcock Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP | Winston-Salem G. Templeton Blackburn II Variety Wholesalers Inc. | Henderson Frank Brown Rexam Inc. | Charlotte Scott Davis Davis Hartman Wright PLLC | New Bern W.B. Rodman Davis Hagan Davis Mangum Barrett Langley & Hale PLLC | Greensboro James R. Fox Pike Electric Corp. | Mount Airy Douglas R. Gunson Nucor Corp. | Charlotte Joseph A. Hayes III Family Dollar Stores Inc. | Charlotte Robert D. Kidwell Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP | Greensboro Hal A. Levinson Moore & Van Allen PLLC | Charlotte Shirley Linn Fairpoint Communications Inc. | Charlotte Winston Lloyd Red Hat Inc. | Raleigh Richard L. Magee EnPro Industries Inc. | Charlotte Harrison L. Marshall Jr. McGuireWoods LLP | Charlotte Merrill Mason Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP | Raleigh John R. Miller Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA | Charlotte Jerry Moran Ingersoll Rand PLC | Davidson Krista L. Newkirk, UNC Charlotte | Charlotte Maureen O’Connor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | Durham John Orgain Alex Lee Inc. | Hickory Jane Lewis-Raymond Piedmont Natural Gas Co. | Charlotte Mark Reeth Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. | Morrisville J. Troy Smith Jr. Ward & Smith PA | New Bern Andrew Spainhour Replacements Ltd. | McLeansville Sterling A. Spainhour Charlotte School of Law | Charlotte Michael A. Springs Bank of America Corp. | Charlotte Meredith B. Stone NACCO Materials Handling Group Inc. | Greenville G. Edward Story Research Triangle Institute | Research Triangle Park J. McLain Wallace Jr. North Carolina Baptist Hospital | Winston-Salem David B. Whelpley Jr. McGuireWoods LLP | Charlotte Robert Wicker General Parts International Inc. | Raleigh A. Rexford Willis III Ward & Smith PA | New Bern Frank B. Wyatt II CommScope Inc. | Hickory