Archive for January, 2015

RCD Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015

Rayburn Cooper & Durham is pleased to announce that five of our attorneys were selected to North Carolina Super Lawyers® 2015. Al Durham and Rick Rayburn also were selected to the Charlotte Top 25 Attorneys and the North Carolina Top 100 Attorneys. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Lawyers are selected through independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. RCD attorneys selected as 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers and the area for which each is recognized are:

2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers:
Paul Baynard – Bankruptcy: Business
Al Durham – Bankruptcy: Business
Brad Gatehouse – Business Litigation
Kirk Hardymon – Business Litigation
Rick Rayburn – Business/Corporate

The following RCD attorneys were named North Carolina Rising Stars for 2015, which recognizes top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 or fewer years. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized.

Shelley Abel – Bankruptcy: Business
Ross Fulton – Business Litigation
Dave Melin – Business Litigation
Jack Miller – Bankruptcy: Business
Will Smoak – Business/Corporate

Posted 01/21/15

Judgment awarding $500,000 in damages entered in favor of RCD client

In the Western District of North Carolina, a jury has awarded a $500,580 verdict in favor of RCD client RDLG, LLC, in litigation against a defendant that defrauded plaintiff RDLG, LLC in connection with mountain real estate sales. Ross Fulton served as lead counsel for plaintiff with Ben Shook.

Posted 01/15/15

RCD Attorneys Named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite

Four Rayburn Cooper & Durham attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s annual list of Legal Elite in North Carolina. They are:

Shelley Koon Abel – Bankruptcy
Paul Baynard – Bankruptcy
Brad Gatehouse – Business
Jack Miller – Bankruptcy
Rick Rayburn is a member of the Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” after receiving the top number of votes for the Bankruptcy practice area in 2006.

About Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not by BNC editors but by the state’s lawyers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite includes the top lawyers chosen using this statewide ballot. Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves. They may select members of their firms only if they pick out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the latter votes weighted more heavily.

Posted 01/08/15

Shelley Abel Speaks at MCB 2015 Annual Review

Shelley Abel, a member of RCD’s Bankruptcy practice group, is scheduled to speak on February 7, 2015, at the Mecklenburg County Bar’s 2015 Annual Review, an annual continuing legal education program. Shelley and her co-presenter, Diane Furr of Poyner Spruill, will deliver the topic “Bankruptcy Basics and More,” providing an introduction to bankruptcy law for non-bankruptcy attorneys and updates on recent developments in bankruptcy law. Get more information and register to attend at

Posted 01/07/15