Jon Buchan Featured on Charlotte Readers Podcast

Partner Jon Buchan was the recently featured author on Charlotte Readers Podcast, a local production hosted by Landis Wade, an author and self-described “recovering trial lawyer.” The show features Charlotte area authors and those who visit the Queen City. Host Landis Wade encourages authors to read and talk about their award-winning, published and emerging works, the kind of stories and …

Media Partner Jon Buchan Quoted by WBTV

Partner Jon Buchan was quoted recently in a WBTV article, “Judge Issues, Lifts Restraining Order Preventing WBTV Investigation From Airing.” Last week a Mecklenburg County judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting WBTV and Reporter David Hodges from airing an investigative story. The story focused on a local towing company’s efforts to tow and, later, sell the car of a soldier deployed …

GateHouse Media and Fayetteville Observer Win 2-Year Battle to Unseal Files in Abuse Case

Originally published by The Media Law Resource Center, October, 2019. By Jonathan E. Buchan On September 13, 2019, the two-year battle by GateHouse Media and The Fayetteville Observer to unseal a North Carolina state court civil file ended with the court-ordered unsealing of every document in the file, redacting only the identities of the three juvenile plaintiffs who had brought claims of …

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Essex Richards ERISA Litigation Team Earns National Recognition

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have named Essex Richards to their 2020 list of “Best Law Firms” in America. The firm received a national ranking and metropolitan rankings in several practice areas. For the fourth year in a row, Essex Richards earned a national ranking for its ERISA Litigation practice. ERISA (which stands for the Employee Retirement Security Income Act of …

Partner Jon Buchan Receives Ayscue Professionalism Award

Essex Richards Partner Jonathan Buchan was named as the recipient of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s 2020 Ayscue Professionalism Award at the annual Law & Society Luncheon on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The luncheon was hosted by the Mecklenburg County Bar and the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. The award is given each year in recognition of exemplary professionalism by a Mecklenburg County …

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 …

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 …