YOUNG GUNS (BEST UNDER 40)

NEILL G. “MAC” MCBRYDE JR. Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

I would probably want to live and work in Virginia. I spent four years of college there, lived there for a few years before going to law school and went on my first date with my wife there. No matter where you are in Virginia, you are never very far away from the coast or the mountains, which would provide many easy opportunities to get away from the office with family and friends. The decisions that are made in Washington affect everyone; if I worked closer to Washington, it would be very tempting to find a way to expand my practice to be a bigger part of that decision-making process.

Vita: Born Aug. 25, 1976, in Charlotte; bachelor’s from University of Virginia and law degree from Duke University; wife and two children. Specialty: Corporate. Why he chose this field: I enjoy the partnership dynamic of many corporate transactions. Once a transaction closes, the parties often must work together. This provides incentives for all parties to find creative solutions to differences that arise. What he’d be if not a lawyer: I’d work in or around sports. Memorable case: It involved the completion of Winston-Salem’s new downtown baseball stadium. There were a lot of moving parts — other investors, Minor League Baseball, local government and several banks. It was very satisfying to attend opening day for the 2010 season. Passions: Playing lousy golf and fishing. Favorite place: The Bahamas. Recent Reading: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I can’t turn the pages fast enough. Don’t ask him to: Sing, other than to my daughters.

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