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Legal Elite - Business Law

2009 Legal Elite winner: Business Law - Gerad F. Roach, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Construction

2009 Legal Elite winner: Construction - Michael L. Wilson, Johnston, Allison & Hord PA, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Corporate counsel

2009 Legal Elite winner: Corporate Counsel - B. Judd Hartman, Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc., Wilmington

Legal Elite - Criminal

2009 Legal Elite winner: Criminal - Stephen T. Smith, McMillan, Smith & Plyler, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Employment

2009 Legal Elite winner: Employment - Sarah J. Kromer, Sarah J. Kromer PLLC, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Environmental

Environmental - Richard C. Gaskins Jr., Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Inc., Charlotte

Legal Elite - Family law

2009 Legal Elite winner: Family Law - Richard D. Stephens, TDozier, Miller, Pollard & Murphy LLP, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Intellectual property

2009 Legal Elite winner: Intellectual Property - David M. Carter, Carter & Schnedler PA, Asheville

Legal Elite - Litigation

2009 Legal Elite winner: Litigation - J. Donald Cowan Jr., Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro

Legal Elite - Real estate

2009 Legal Elite winner: Real Estate - C. Steven Mason, Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Tax/Estate planning

2009 Legal Elite winner: Tax/Estate Planning - Christy Eve Reid, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

Legal Elite - Young guns

2009 Legal Elite winner: Young Gun - Jami Jackson Farris, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP Charlotte


Looking under the TARP

Having trouble figuring out the rhyme and reason buried within the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program? Me, too.

Purging the urge to merge

In the 2000s, the urge to merge seemed to surge. If Tar Heel law firms weren’t pairing up, they often were playing the field, flirting with potential suitors looking for that special someone.

Regional Report Triangle January 2009

Suzanne Clifton convinced lots of folks that she was running a successful company. More than 100 businesses counted on The Castleton Group Inc. to pay their taxes and handle other human-resources matters.

To be, rather than to seem

It would be interesting to know how many times in the last eight years Mike Easley has uttered something about the challenges of competing in a global economy.

Are bonds ties that bind economy?

In tough times, it’s probably a good idea to stash the plastic. It can be difficult enough making ends meet without rising credit-card payments.

Marco Polo comes home

Lightning flickers in the Saturday evening sky as Jim Fain’s flight lifts off late from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Missing his connection in New York, North Carolina’s top industry hunter dozes through the night slumped in a chair at John F. Kennedy International Airport. By the time his Air France flight thunders off the runway Sunday morning, it’s midday in Paris, and the City of Light is aglow when he walks through the gate at Charles de Gaulle International Airport seven hours later.

Economic outlook

Tar Heels were no better off last year than at the start of the decade, according to the North Carolina Justice Center, a Raleigh nonprofit. Median household income stood about where it did in 2000. During that time, the percentage of residents in poverty and those without health insurance grew.

Change you can’t believe in

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is a danger to the middle class. Just ask Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue. As for Perdue, she’s part of the power elite, one of five or six people who control everything in the state. McCrory says so.