CORPORATE WINNER

Michael A. Springs
Bank of America Corp., Charlotte

During my teenage years, I worked at a meat-processing company in South Carolina. I processed meat, served customers and worked as a cashier.

Vita: Born Oct. 27,1967, in Greenwood, S.C.; bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University, MBA from University of South Carolina and law degree from N.C. Central University; wife and two daughters.

Why he chose to specialize in this field: Growing up I had a deep passion for science and law. Becoming an intellectual-property attorney was an obvious career choice. 

Memorable case: A patent-litigation case that went to trial with the jury finding for the bank.

Passions: Family, friends, sports and a nice cognac with a cigar.

Where he’d live if he had to practice somewhere else: Research Triangle Park.

What he’d be if not a lawyer: I would return to my first career working in engineering and management for a technology corporation.

Favorite place: Zurich.

Heroes: My parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Ruby Springs, because they provided me with good Christian, moral and family values.

Favorite book: I’ve seen the Promised Land, which is about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I also enjoy books by Warren Buffett. I am currently reading The Warren Buffett Way.

Don’t ask him to: Sing.


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WINNER - Michael A. Springs, Bank of America Corp., Charlotte
Yoel H. Balter, Liberty Healthcare Corp., Wilmington
Marc D. Bishop, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
G. Templeton Blackburn, Variety Wholesalers Inc., Henderson
Frank Brown, Rexam Beverage Can Co., Charlotte
Nadine C. Chien, Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Morrisville
John M. Cross Jr., Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
Joseph B. Dempster Jr., Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh
John N. Fleming, McGuire, Wood & Bissette PA, Asheville
James Randall Forrest, Forrest Firm, Durham
Douglas Gunson, Nucor Corp., Charlotte
Kenneth B. Hammer, Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Inc., Research Triangle Park
Timothy Donn Johnson, Ply Gem Holdings Inc., Cary
Frankie Jones Jr., Lincoln National Corp., Greensboro
Shirley J. Linn, FairPoint Communications Inc., Charlotte
Winston P. Lloyd, Red Hat Inc., Raleigh
William “Skip” London III, Static Control Components Inc., Sanford
J. Christopher Lynch, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh
Dayatra T. Matthews, Local Government Federal Credit Union, Raleigh
William Christopher Matton, Bandwidth.com Inc., Raleigh
John B. Morris, Novant Health Inc., Winston-Salem
Jane L. Raymond, Piedmont Natural Gas Co., Charlotte
Andrew Spainhour, Replacements Ltd., Greensboro
Reich L. Welborn, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Morrisville