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 …

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 …

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Partner Jon Buchan to Speak to Senior Scholars at Queens

Essex Richards Partner Jon Buchan will speak on Friday, May 18 to the Senior Scholars at Queens. The Senior Scholars is an organization for seniors and retirees where members meet weekly to hear prominent speakers on a variety of topics. Jon’s presentation, “Freedom for the Speech We Hate,” covers current challenges to free speech and free press. For more information …

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Eight Essex Richards Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” in North Carolina

Eight Essex Richards attorneys have been named North Carolina “Super Lawyers” for 2018. Additionally, Essex Richards attorney  Edward G. “Woody” Connette was named to the list of Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina, and the Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte.   The complete list of the 2018 Essex Richards “Super Lawyers” includes the following: Norris A. Adams, Employee Benefits, General Litigation …

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Partner Jon Buchan Published by North Carolina State Bar Journal

Partner Jon Buchan’s review of Richard Kluger’s Simple Justice was recently published in the North Carolina State Bar Journal.   The review was part of a series called “Books of Significance,” which features book reviews by North Carolina attorneys.  To read Jon’s review, click here.  

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Partner Jon Buchan Quoted in Lawyers Weekly

Partner Jon Buchan was recently quoted in a Lawyers Weekly’s article, “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Mediation.” Several North Carolina certified mediators shared their thoughts on mediation.  Here are a few excerpts from reporter David Donovan’s article: The longer a dispute festers, the more likely the parties are to dig in and become emotionally invested  in their positions. Jon …

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Essex Richards Partner Jon Buchan Recognized in 2017 Chambers & Partners Guide

Essex Richards, P.A. is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has recognized Partner Jonathan E. Buchan in its 2017 edition of its legal directory, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Jon was named to Band 1, the highest tier recognition in the area of First Amendment Litigation in North Carolina.  This was the 10th year that Jon has …

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Essex Richards Attorneys Named “Super Lawyers” in North Carolina

Eight Essex Richards attorneys have been named North Carolina “Super Lawyers” for 2017, and one has been named to the list of “Rising Stars.” Additionally, two Essex Richards attorneys – Edward G. “Woody” Connette, and Heather W. Culp were named to the list of Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina, and the Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte.   Heather Culp …

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The Best Lawyers in America 2017 Recognizes 7 Essex Richards Attorneys; Woody Connette Named 2017 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Essex Richards, P.A. is pleased to announce that The Best Lawyers© in America has named 7 of its attorneys to the 2017 list in the publication’s newly released 23rd edition.  Partner Edward G. “Woody” Connette was named Charlotte Employee Benefits (ERISA) Lawyer of the Year, 2017. Best Lawyers© is based on a peer-review survey of over 50,000 attorneys in all 50 …

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Partner Jon Buchan was a panelist on Mike Collins’ WFAE Charlotte Talks program on July 12 Topic: Social Media and Free Speech

The use of social media has been exploding.  Nearly two-thirds of American adults are now on a social networking site using them for many reasons including an opportunity to get things off their chests.  It’s a bedrock of free speech but one that presents a challenge to employers.  What happens when your opinion doesn’t toe the company line?  Some employers …