On Thursday, May 19, Essex Richards Partner Heather Culp was elected as President-Elect of the Mecklenburg County Bar, serving as President-Elect from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Heather will succeed MCB President Lane Williamson of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen.
Heather will serve as the 116th Bar President during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and will be the eighth woman in this role. It is notable that Heather’s firm, Essex Richards, with eleven partners, has two partners who have served in this prestigious position: Heather, and Jonathan E. Buchan (2004-2005).
“I moved from Lexington, Kentucky, to Charlotte in 2002, as a fifth-year attorney, and started from scratch: I had to pass the bar, make friends, build a client base and professional relationships, and learn how the Charlotte business community worked. Becoming active in the Mecklenburg County Bar is the single best thing I have done to make Charlotte my personal and professional home, and I am excited about continuing to give back to its members and its staff,” Heather said.
Heather has served on the Mecklenburg County Bar Board since 2012 and the Executive Committee since 2013, serving as Secretary from 2013-2015, and as Vice President from 2015-2016. She is also serving a three-year term on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is a member of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina’s Charlotte Community Board.
The Mecklenburg County Bar originated in 1769 with one attorney, and has grown to over 5000 members with more than 50 committees, sections, boards, and divisions: an attorney network that has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association.
Heather joined Essex Richards in 2014, where she practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor/creditor relations, business disputes, and other legal issues involving debt, credit, or money owed.