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 …

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 …

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Partner John Woodman Quoted Regarding BrewPublik Bankruptcy

Partner John Woodman was quoted recently in a Charlotte Agenda article, “The Recent Bankruptcy of BrewPublik Reveals the Charlotte Startup’s Deep-Rooted Problems.” The article covers the recent bankruptcy filing of Charlotte start-up BrewPublik. John was contacted by The Charlotte Agenda for his opinion regarding the bankruptcy proceeding. He commented that he “considers it best practice to include any and all individuals …

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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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 …