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A Message from Larry Rocamora, Chair, Board of Legal Specialization

CancelledThe Board of Legal Specialization’s Annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony scheduled for May 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem has been cancelled due to public health considerations surrounding the COVID-19 virus. We are disappointed that we are unable to hold this event, and we are exploring options to recognize the achievement of our newly certified, 25, and 30-year board certified specialists later in 2020 (if circumstances allow) or during the 2021 Annual Luncheon.  In the meantime, please know that the board congratulates those on their tremendous achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with all of our specialists in the future. 

You may direct any questions about this event, future events, or other program processes to Assistant Director Denise Mullen at Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.

Sincerely, Larry Rocamora


Please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues who are celebrating milestones of continual certification for 25 or 30 years, as well as those who are newly certified.

30-Year Specialists

Bankruptcy Law

Edwin Allman, Business and Consumer, Winston-Salem
Christine Myatt, Business and Consumer, Greensboro

Estate Planning and Probate Law

Debra Foster, Charlotte
Jack Walker, Durham

Family Law

Christopher Beal, Winston-Salem
Doyle Early, High Point
David Kern, Charlotte
Alan Krusch, Charlotte

Real Property

Norman Shearin, Commercial, Raleigh

25-Year Specialists

Bankruptcy Law

Joseph Callaway, Business and Consumer, Greenville
Charles Ivey, Business and Consumer, Greensboro

Criminal Law

Christopher Connelly, State, Charlotte
Ross Holland, State, Clinton
Charles Lloyd, Federal/State, Greensboro
Wally Paramore, State, Jacksonville 

Estate Planning and Probate Law

Michael Batts, Rocky Mount
Stuart Dorsett, Chapel Hill
Woods Doster, Sanford
William Kratt, Raleigh
E.K. Morley, Hendersonville
Larry Rocamora, Durham 

Family Law

Shelby Benton, Goldsboro
Charles Montgomery, Cary
Jeff Rogers, Lumberton
William C. Tucker, Albemarle

Real Property

Alan Carpenter, Residential, Statesville
Garth Dunklin, Residential and Commercial, Charlotte
Nancy Guyton, Residential and Commercial, Wilmington
John Harris, Residential, Morehead City
Jerry Reese, Commercial, Charlotte 

Newly Certified Specialists

Criminal Law

Keith Gordon, State, Smithfield
Christopher Heaney, State, Raleigh
Matthew Leach, State, Wilkesboro
Jim Melo, Federal/State, Raleigh
Norman Post, State, Sanford
Robert Roupe, State, Jacksonville
Jacob Smith, State, Shelby 

Elder Law

Marjorie Brown, Concord
Jennifer Roden, Wilmington 

Estate Planning and Probate Law

Charles Davis, Raleigh
Deborah McDermott, Durham
Matthew McGonagle, Smithfield
Jeffrey Morris, Charlotte
Jason Page, Wilson 

Family Law

Rachel Beard, Raleigh
Ashley Callahan, Huntersville
Katherine Fisher, Asheville
Richard Gantt, Raleigh
Katie Gilbert, Charlotte
Jordan Griffin, Monroe
Jennifer Hammond, Salisbury
Brett Holladay, Charlotte
Caroline Mitchell, Charlotte
Kelly Smith, Raleigh
Rebecca Yoder, Lincolnton 

Privacy and Information Security Law

Lynn C. Percival, Raleigh
Shannon Ralich, Raleigh
S. Will Quick, Raleigh 

Real Property Law

Randy Herman, Commercial, Durham

Social Security Disability Law

Christine Burnside, Winston-Salem
Will Snyder, Winston-Salem 

Trademark Law

Philip Cardinale, Raleigh

Workers’ Compensation Law

David Galbavy, Charlotte
Anna Hamrick, Asheville
Juan Sanchez, Charlotte
Jennifer Segnere, Wake Forest
Beau Wilder, Charlotte

Professional Responsibility in a Pandemic

Program Director Brian Oten recently co-authored an article with Assistant Ethics Counsel Suzanne Lever on a lawyer’s professional responsibility in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Bar’s ethics staff remains available to answer questions about professional responsibility – you can reach them by emailing your inquiry to