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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Business North Carolina Names Essex Richards Attorneys to 2019 Legal Elite

Essex Richards, P.A. is pleased to announced that Business North Carolina magazine has named 4 firm attorneys to its 2019 list of “Legal Elite.” Additionally, Essex Richards is honored to have 3 lawyers in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame: retired partner Lou Lesesne (Employment, 2007), Rob Blair (Family Law, 2016), and Heather Culp (Bankruptcy, 2017). An attorney is included in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame when he or she receives …

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Essex Richards Lawyers Win Access to Court Records Case

The North Carolina Court of Appeals this week 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 involving a prominent Fayetteville business man. The Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court’s blanket sealing order – which kept secret even the names of the parties, …

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9 Essex Richards Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America

Essex Richards, P.A. is pleased to announce that The Best Lawyers© in America has named 9 of its attorneys to the 2019 list in the publication’s newly released 25th edition – Norris Adams, Rob Blair, Jon Buchan, Woody Connette, Heather Culp, John Daniel, Rick Elkins, Lauren Lewis, and Steve Morris.  Rick Elkins and Lauren Lewis were both included for the first time in this …

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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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North Carolina Judges Provide 2017 Judicial Updates

The Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation held their annual leadership luncheon on December 14, 2017. We invited state and federal judges to attend to give us an update on the state of our local courts. With thanks to Judges Albert Diaz, W. Robert Bell, and Regan A. Miller, here is a summary of their reports. Any errors are …

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Heather Culp to Speak at NC Association of CPAs Tax Conference

Essex Richards Partner Heather Culp will speak at the North Carolina Association of CPAs upcoming conference on December 6 in Greensboro. Heather will speak on individual and business tax issues related to bankruptcy. The conference will cover important topics related to North Carolina state and local taxation, including updated information on tax laws. For more information or to register for the conference, …

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Woody Connette Receives Ayscue Professionalism Award

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, Essex Richards Partner Edward G. “Woody” Connette was named as the recipient of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s 2018 Ayscue Professionalism Award at the annual Law & Society Luncheon. The luncheon was hosted by the Mecklenburg County Bar and the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. The award is given each year to a current or former member of …

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Essex Richards Earns National Ranking in the Area of ERISA Litigation

For the second year in a row, Essex Richards earned a national ranking for its ERISA Litigation practice in the 2018 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” ERISA (which stands for the Employee Retirement Security Income Act of 1974) is a federal law that governs private employers’ retirement, health, disability, and other benefit plans. Essex Richards is one …