Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice announces 15 new partners

January 5, 2012

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP announced that 15 of its attorneys have become partners in the firm. The attorneys, all of whom served previously in associate or of counsel roles at Womble Carlyle, are: Michael Bogle, Julie Bradburn, Rachel Daly, Chad Ewing, Jill Girardeau, Edward Griggs, Chris Gyves, Gwenda Laws, Janna Lindsay, Julie Meigs, Larry Norton, Chris Oldham, Brent Powell, Liz Riley and John Still.

Michael J. Bogle (Pictured left) is a member of the Firm’s environmental and toxic torts practice group, but also enjoys a broad litigation practice in areas of business litigation, products liability, personal injury, legal and medical malpractice defense and both commercial and residential landlord-tenant and collection work. He practices in the firm’s Greenville, S.C. office.

Julie B. Bradburn has handled a wide variety of civil cases, and focuses primarily on matters involving the defense of public officials and governments. Julie also has extensive experience handling cases involving employer liability and occupational accidents. She practices in Raleigh, N.C.

Rachel E. Daly is a litigation attorney whose practice includes products liability defense, construction defect coverage and litigation, and directors and officers liability coverage. She practices in the firm’s Winston-Salem, N.C. office.

B. Chad Ewing is a business litigation and bankruptcy attorney in the firm’s Charlotte office. He represents business clients in cases involving breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and unfair and deceptive trade practices. In addition, Chad maintains an active creditor-focused bankruptcy practice.

Jill M. Girardeau focuses her practice on representing heath care providers in a wide range of organizational, governance, and regulatory issues. She practices in Womble Carlyle’s Atlanta office.

Edward W. Griggs focuses his practice on the areas of estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning, fiduciary administration and fiduciary litigation.  In addition, he assists clients with the creation of new charitable organizations and advises charitable and education clients about governance, compliance, grant-making and fundraising issues. He practices in Winston-Salem.

Christopher J. Gyves concentrates his practice on private investment funds, corporate governance and public securities matters.  A substantial portion of his experience involves private equity funds – representing general partners in the formation of private equity funds, mezzanine debt funds and funds of funds. He practices in Winston-Salem.

Gwenda L. Laws focuses her practice on the defense of product liability litigation. She has significant experience in every aspect of the litigation process, including developing expert witnesses, handling high-volume document management and coordinating defense efforts among the tobacco industry’s national and local counsel. Gwenda practices in Raleigh.

Janna Nuzum Lindsay is a product liability litigation attorney in Womble Carlyle’s Winston-Salem office. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.

Julie Broadus Meigs, Ph.D., focuses her practice on biotechnology patent prosecution, opinion work, and client counseling.  Her work includes the design and implementation of global intellectual property strategies, including life cycle management for pharmaceuticals and agricultural biotechnology. She practices in the firm’s Northern Virginia office.

Lawrence H. Norton counsels clients on government regulation of political activity, including federal and state campaign finance, government ethics, and lobbying laws. Before joining Womble Carlyle, Larry served as General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. He practices in Washington, D.C.

Christopher H. Oldham counsels clients in a variety of commercial transactional matters, including the representation of banks and other financial institutions in mortgage lending and corporate loan transactions. He practices in Winston-Salem.

Brent F. Powell routinely handles cases at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts throughout the country and represents clients in a wide array of industries, including commercial lending and real estate, pharmaceuticals, furniture, health care, higher education, manufacturing, and telecommunications. He practices in the firm’s Winston-Salem office.

Elizabeth LeVan Riley concentrates her practice in school and higher education law and commercial construction litigation. She provides advice and support in areas including school policy, governance, compliance, risk and claims management, financing issues and construction law. Liz practices in the firm’s Raleigh office.

John R. Still is a product liability litigation attorney in Womble Carlyle’s Winston-Salem office. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Mississippi College of Law.

About Womble Carlyle

Womble Carlyle is a full-service business law firm with a focus on innovative solutions to client needs. The firm supports the Association of Corporate Counsel in the ACC Value Challenge, which seeks to better align legal services with the needs of corporate clients.
The firm serves clients nationally and globally with more than 550 attorneys in thirteen offices: Atlanta; Charleston and Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Silicon Valley, Calif., Washington, D.C.; Tysons Corner, Va.; Baltimore; and Wilmington, Del.
In the community, the firm is the first law firm to receive the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Corporate Leadership Award as well as the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award.