Essex Richards Team Wins Access to Court Records Case

A September 13 North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling unsealed the final key documents in a high profile Cumberland County civil case, ending two years of hard fought litigation. The newly unsealed documents provided detailed allegations of sexual misconduct with teen boys by a politically prominent Fayetteville car dealer, Mike Lallier. The unsealed settlement agreement also revealed that he had …

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Natalie Potter to Coach at Heart of a Woman Conference

Essex Richards attorney Natalie Potter will participate at the upcoming Women’s Business Center of Charlotte’s conference, The Heart of a Woman on October 23. Natalie will serve as a legal business coach to women in the Charlotte community. The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (CBCC) empowers women with the tools needed to establish businesses, stabilize their companies, generate sustainable profits, …

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Rob Blair and Woody Connette Named “Lawyer of the Year”

Essex Richards, P.A. is pleased to announce that The Best Lawyers© in America has named 2 of its attorneys “Lawyer of the Year” in the publication’s newly released 26th edition. Only one lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with this designation each year. Rob Blair was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Family Law Mediation. Woody Connette …

Attorney Heather Culp Serves on Bar’s Programs Committee

On July 1, Essex Richards attorney Heather Culp begins a three-year term chairing the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Programs Committee, which provides direction for and oversight of the Foundation’s pro-bono and public service programs.  She will also serve a three-year term on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  

Blanket Sealing Order Violates First Amendment and NC Open Court Rules

Originally published by The Media Law Resource Center, December 31, 2018 By Jonathan E. Buchan On December 18, 2018, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, in John Doe, by and through his Guardian ad Litem et al. v. John Doe et al., directed a state trial court to unseal most of a civil court file that had been sealed in …

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Attorney Caitlin Walton Joins Board of Psychology For All

Essex Richards attorney Caitlin Walton has joined the board of Psychology For All, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase access to psychological services for members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community by providing financial assistance and help to those unable to afford psychological care.  The organization connects qualified adults with local psychological service providers who have agreed to provide discounted services …

Partner Jonathan Buchan Quoted by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

Partner Jon Buchan was quoted recently in a Lawyers Weekly article, “File of Sex Assault Lawsuit Against Businessman Must Be Unsealed.” The article discusses implications of the December 18, 2018 decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals that ruled for Essex Richards’ client The Fayetteville Observer and reversed a Superior Court Judge’s sealing of the entire court file in a civil case …

Essex Richards Launches Bankruptcy Blog

Essex Richards is excited to announce the launch of our Bankruptcy blog. The blog, written by bankruptcy attorney Heather Culp, will cover questions and issues that arise in filing for personal bankruptcy, as well as other debt-related legal matters. Topics will include the differences in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies, how to file for bankruptcy, how bankruptcy affects credit, …

Will I Have To Go To Court?

Many people are intimidated by the legal system – at least the one portrayed in movies and T.V. legal dramas – speaking in front of a judge, being sworn in, appealing to a jury, facing your creditors.  But in the case of bankruptcy, rest assured, you rarely have to go to court. Instead of going to court, debtors in bankruptcy …