Schell Bray Accolades: Attorneys Named ‘Best Lawyers,’ ‘Super Lawyers’

We are proud of our attorneys’ accomplishments. Many of them have been included in The Best Lawyers in America list, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, or the NC Super Lawyers list, which recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state, or both.

Holly H. Alderman – Real Estate Law
Holly has been recognized by both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She focuses her practice on commercial real estate matters and typically represents local, regional and national retail, residential, restaurant, office and mixed-use development clients in the assemblage, acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of properties.

Barbara R. Christy – Real Estate Law
Barbara has been recognized by both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She focuses on commercial real estate transactions and assists clients in all aspects of the acquisition and disposition of commercial real property. She is also vice president of the North Carolina State Bar.

Garland G. Graham – Corporate Law
Garland has been recognized by Best Lawyers and focuses her practice on business and corporate matters, representing for-profit and nonprofit entities in all stages of their life cycles.

Michael H. Godwin – Estate Planning and Probate Law
Mike has been recognized by both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. His practice is concentrated in the areas of wealth and transfer tax planning, fiduciary advice, trust and estate disputes and working with owners of closely-held businesses and their families on succession planning matters.

James B. Haynes – Real Estate Law
Jimmy has been recognized by Super Lawyers Rising Stars. He is a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate group and advises his clients in the assemblage, acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and development of commercial real estate.

Thomas P. Hockman – Real Estate Law
Thomas has been recognized by Best Lawyers and focuses his transactional practice in commercial real estate. He advises clients on acquisitions and dispositions of a variety of property types, including multi-family, senior living, shopping center, office, affordable housing and undeveloped tracts.

Jonathan L. Jenkins – Business Law
Jonathan has been recognized by Best Lawyers and as a Super Lawyers Rising Star. He is a member of the Schell Bray Business practice group and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, startups, and general business matters. 

Amy H. Kincaid – Trusts and Estates
Amy has been recognized by both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She is an experienced trusts and estates attorney who focuses on tax planning and asset protection planning. She counsels on a wide variety of estate planning and tax issues, including simple and complex charitable giving, multigenerational planning, family limited liability companies, power of attorney matters and income taxation of estates and trusts.

Jennifer L.J. Koenig – Estate Planning and Probate Law
Jennifer has been recognized by both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She counsels clients on issues ranging from simple wills and powers of attorney to very complex estate planning and wealth preservation techniques, including GRATs, LLCs, complex charitable planning, and succession planning for family-owned businesses.

Paul H. Livingston, Jr. – Estate Planning and Probate Law
Paul has been recognized by both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. He serves as counsel to a number of large, public charities advising them on tax and governance matters. In his work in estate planning, he focuses on the legal and tax aspects of transactions to implement estate plans, and counsels families on their options to efficiently transition wealth to younger generations while exploring and achieving the family’s philanthropic goals.

Thomas C. Watkins – Corporate Law
Tom has been recognized by Best Lawyers, and his practice focuses primarily on closely held businesses and investment vehicles. He represents investors, borrowers and lenders in a range of complex transactions including debt and equity investments, financing, mergers and acquisitions and representing private equity funds.