YOUNG GUNS WINNER

Michael F. Easley Jr.
McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh

Serving as a volunteer firefighter taught me a great deal about preparation, service and community. While the job wasn’t always glamorous, we stood ready and responded to every crisis — house fires, brush fires, flat tires and false alarms — with the same sense of urgency.   

Vita: Born Feb. 12,1985, in Southport; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill.

Memorable case: In a recent pro bono case, McGuireWoods helped the Federal Defender’s office defend a client engulfed in a prescription-fraud investigation and indicted for obtaining prescription medications “by misrepresentation, fraud and deception.” The client’s legitimate medical need for the treatment was well documented in his medical records, and our numerous expert witnesses supported his position. Our client showed great resolve under immense pressure and media scrutiny during the yearlong ordeal until prosecutors finally dismissed all 24 felony counts against him on the brink of trial. It felt good to chalk up a big win for someone facing a very trying situation. 
 
Passions: Problem solving, storytelling and pulling for the underdog.

Favorite place: A wooden duck blind in Hyde County in late December or a boat floating above big fish.

Heroes: My parents, both lawyers. Now that I’ve joined the profession, I have an even deeper appreciation for their 30-plus years in law and public service.

Don’t ask him to: Reveal something a client tells me in confidence.




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YOUNG GUNS

WINNER - Michael F. Easley Jr., McGuireWoods LLP, Raleigh
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Allison J. Becker
, Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh
Michael Birch, Morningstar Law Group, Morrisville
Ashley K. Brathwaite
, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
James T. Brooks
, Law Office of James Tyler Brooks, Cary
Kelly S. Brown
, Young Moore and Henderson PA, Raleigh
Joshua D. Bryant
, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Eric David
, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
Alvaro De La Calle
, Calle Law PLLC, Greensboro
Angela W. DiNoto
, Wilmington
T. Greg Doucette
, The Law Offices of T. Greg Doucette PLLC, Durham
Damon Duncan
, Duncan Law PLLC, Greensboro
Chad W. Essick
, Poyner Spruill LLP, Raleigh
Jeremy Falcone
, Ellis & Winters LLP, Raleigh
Andrew L. Fitzgerald
, Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP, Winston-Salem
Mathew E. Flatow
, SeiferFlatow PLLC, Charlotte
Christopher D. Foster
, Hutchens Law Firm, Fayetteville
Amy Foxhall
, Charlotte
Elizabeth Frock
, K&L Gates LLP, Morrisville
L. Cooper Harrell
, Van Laningham Duncan PLLC, Greensboro
James M. Hash
, Everett Gaskins Hancock LLP, Raleigh
Pearlynn G. Houck
, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Jonathan G. Kreider
, Dummit Fradin, Greensboro
L. Bree Laughrun
, Arnold & Smith PLLC, Charlotte
Matthew E. Lee
, Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP, Raleigh
Matthew N. Leerberg
, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Raleigh
Harrison A. Lord
, Bernhardt and Strawser PA, Charlotte
Daniel Merlin
, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte
Jason A. Miller
, Miller Law PLLC, Raleigh
Lauren T. Millovitsch
, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros PA, Mooresville
John M. Moye
, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Raleigh
Holly Norvell
, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte
Elizabeth S. Ostendorf
, First Citizens Bank, Raleigh
Michael R. Paduchowski
, Law Office of Matthew Charles Suczynski PLLC, Chapel Hill
Brian Pearce
, Nexsen Pruet LLC, Greensboro
Rebecca F. Redwine
, Hendren & Malone PLLC, Raleigh
Sabrina P. Rockoff
, McGuire, Wood & Bissette PA, Asheville
Heidi E. Royal
, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte
Mariana G. Russell
, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh
Steve M. Russell Jr.
, Van Laningham Duncan PLLC, Greensboro
Mindi L. Schulze
, Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh
Ryan M. Shuirman
, Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh
William W. Silverman
, Wall Templeton & Haldrup PA, Raleigh
James Christian Stevenson
, Kirk Palmer & Thigpen PA, Charlotte
Katherine Tenfelde Armstrong, Robinson Elliott and Smith, Charlotte
Christopher M. Theriault, Solana
, Theriault & Gross PLLC, Wilmington
Kennedy L. Thompson
, Thompson & Thompson PC, Warsaw
Samuel G. Thompson
, Yates, McLamb & Weyher LLP, Raleigh
Allen N. Trask III
, Ward and Smith PA, Wilmington
Henry C. Turner IV
, McSurely & Turner PLLC, Chapel Hill
Brad T. Van Hoy, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte
R. Jason Walls
, The Walls Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh
Judson A. Welborn
, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh
R. Michael Wells Jr.
, Wells Jenkins Lucas & Jenkins PLLC, Winston-Salem
Bradley S. Wooldridge
, Manning, Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh