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Regional Report Charlotte March 2008

Hey, Mecklenburg County: You snooze, you lose. Gaston County has taken center stage as the possible site of a detention center for illegal immigrants after the project’s main proponent, Rep. Sue Myrick, announced that “insurmountable obstacles” were dragging out the process in her home county.

2008 Legal Elite

The ballots are in — North Carolina lawyers select the best of the profession in more than a dozen categories.


Economic outlook

The impact of blacks on the state economy should grow by more than a third between 2004 and 2009, according to a study done by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Chapel Hill and funded by the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development. But if Tar Heel businesses don’t wise up, gains by blacks could end up in other states, says James H. Johnson Jr., a study co-author and professor of entrepreneurship at Carolina.

Legal Elite - Antitrust

Away from the office, you can find me at Christ Episcopal Church, where I have been on the vestry, served as senior warden and have been a fifth-grade Sunday-school teacher for 18 years. I have been exposed to a generation of children and have greatly enjoyed their perceptiveness, their intelligence and their lack of cynicism. They have taught me far more than I have taught them.

Legal Elite - Bankruptcy

2008 Legal Elite winner: Bankruptcy - John A. Northen, Northen Blue LLP, Chapel Hill

Legal Elite - Business Law

2008 Legal Elite winner: Business Law - Peter C. Buck, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Construction

2008 Legal EliI am a restless walker. I stroll the streets and greenways around my neighborhood, in the local nature parks and at the beach whenever possible. I enjoy the exercise, but mainly walking is my chance to get some peace and quiet alone or with my family.te winner: Construction - James S. Schenck IV, Conner Gwynn Schenck PLLC, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Corporate counsel

2008 Legal Elite winner: Corporate Counsel - John Taggart, Genworth Financial Inc., Raleigh

Legal Elite - Criminal

2008 Legal Elite winner: Criminal - James P. Cooney III, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Employment

2008 Legal Elite winner: Employment - Robert M. Elliot, Elliot Pishko Morgan PA, Winston-Salem

Legal Elite - Environmental

Environmental - Amos C. Dawson III, Williams Mullen, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Family law

2008 Legal Elite winner: Family Law - Carlyn Poole, Tharrington Smith, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Litigation

2008 Legal Elite winner: Litigation - Robert D. Walker, Walker, Clark, Allen, Grice & Ammons LLP, Goldsboro

Legal Elite - Patents/intellectual property

2008 Legal Elite winner: Patents/Intellectual Property - Susan Freya Olive, Olive & Olive PA, Durham

Legal Elite - Real estate

2008 Legal Elite winner: Real Estate - Charles Gordon Brown, Brown & Bunch PLLC, Chapel Hill

Legal Elite - Tax/Estate planning

2008 Legal Elite winner: Tax/Estate Planning - E. William Kratt, Herring Mills & Kratt PLLC, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Young guns

2008 Legal Elite winner: Young Gun - Derek J. Allen, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro

So far, no ticket to paradise

Own a restaurant? How about a bowling alley or gift shop? Tom Shaheen may be giving you a shout. Shaheen is the executive director of the North Carolina Education lottery, and as part of a push to boost sluggish ticket sales, he’s trying to expand retail sales to some nontraditional outlets.

Trial by fury

It’s an overcast afternoon in May 2006, the sky the same gray as the stone facade of Durham County’s jail. Joe Cheshire has picked the site carefully. He wants a dramatic backdrop for the 30 or more television cameras facing him, along with scores of newspaper photographers and reporters, but he’s uneasy. He grips a lectern crammed with microphones and squints at the crowd.

Aggressive target marketing

Business leaders have long sought to learn lessons from war. In the '80s, for instance, the parallels between commerce and conflict were nakedly obvious, as corporate raiders - an untold number of whom had copies of Sun Tzu's The Art of War somewhere in their offices - launched hostile takeovers that were as ruthlessly executed as Sherman's march through the South.