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Governor Cooper names Carpenter to U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Durham Attorney Charles Carpenter to serve as an at-large member of the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleship Commission. Carpenter, a North Carolina native, is a Partner in the Durham firm of Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC.

The Battleship Commission was established in 1960 by the General Statutes of the State of North Carolina to provide an organization whose charter is to oversee the administration and operation of the Battleship as a permanent memorial and exhibit dedicated to the State’s World War II veterans.

Charles F. Carpenter

Charles F. Carpenter

Carpenter will serve a four year term as an at-large member of the Battleship Commission. The Battleship Commission consists of eighteen members, including the Secretary of Cultural Resources and the Secretary of Commerce, who serve as voting ex-officio members, along with sixteen at-large members selected by the Governor. 

“I grew up with a love for the Battleship. One of my earliest memories is visiting the ship with my family when I was a little kid. I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Commission,” said Carpenter. “I am proud to be able to serve my State, and to help carry on the work the Battleship Commission does to ensure that the ship is properly maintained and preserved. The ship provides an opportunity to the public to learn about an important time in our history, and about the sacrifice made by those brave men and women who served our nation during the war.” 

Carpenter holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He has practiced law in Durham for thirty-five years.

Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly Announce Recognition

Guy W. Crabtree

Guy W. Crabtree

Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly is pleased to announce the recent recognition firm partner Guy W. Crabtree has received from our peers and the business community. 

Mr. Crabtree was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Mr. Crabtree has been included in Best Lawyers each year since 2005. 

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. 

Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC provides innovative and effective legal representation to injured individuals as trial lawyers in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving automobile accidents and medical malpractice. They are also trial lawyers who represent families and provide legal expertise to individuals and companies in commercial and business disputes, and to property owners whose property has been contaminated by toxic chemicals in their groundwater.  

Michael Kohagen Named President of Durham’s Rotaract Club

Michael E. Kohagen, attorney with Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC, is making a difference in Durham. He was recently named president of Durham’s Rotaract, a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. 

Its membership totals over 184.000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university or community-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true ‘partners in service’ and key members of the family of Rotary. 

Last February the Durham Rotaract club packaged diapers for the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a service that provides and delivers diapers to families in the local community. Other recent service opportunities the club has volunteered for include Habitat for Humanity builds and serving food at Urban Ministries. 

Thank you Michael, and your fellow Rotaract members, for volunteering in the Durham community!

Join us in congratulating Malvern King!

(l-r) Christy Malott (former President of the 14th Judicial Bar Association),  Guy W. Crabtree  (current President) and  Malvern F. King, Jr.   photo courtesy of Bob Friedman, Publisher, NC Triangle Attorney at Law Magazine

(l-r) Christy Malott (former President of the 14th Judicial Bar Association), Guy W. Crabtree (current President) and Malvern F. King, Jr.
photo courtesy of Bob Friedman, Publisher, NC Triangle Attorney at Law Magazine

Malvern F. King, Jr. was honored for 50 years as an attorney at the recent annual meeting of the 14th Judicial District Bar and Durham County Bar Association.  

Malvern King concentrates in the areas of corporate law, commercial transactions and estate planning and administration. Many of his clients have developed close business relationships with Mal, working with him over the years as their businesses prospered and their legal needs evolved. With his broad understanding of commercial law, he’s known as one of the preeminent business attorneys in Durham and surrounding counties. In 2007, he was inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors in the profession.

Mal received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduation from law school, he served on active duty with the U.S. Naval Security Group and retired as a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve Judge Advocate Generals Corp. Mal was a founding partner at Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, P.A. for over 30 years before joining Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC when the firm began in 2015.

Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly Announce Recognitions

Tracy K. Lischer

Tracy K. Lischer

Charles F. Carpenter

Charles F. Carpenter

Guy W. Crabtree

Guy W. Crabtree

Durham law firm Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC is honored by the recent recognition our lawyers have received from our peers and the business community. 

Guy W. Crabtree and Tracy K. Lischer were recently selected for inclusion on the 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers list; firm Partner Mr. Crabtree as a Top Rated Personal Injury – Plaintiff Lawyer, and Ms. Lischer, Of Counsel, as a Plaintiff Lawyer in Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice. They have been included in Super Lawyers each year since 2009. 

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. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.  

In addition, Charles F. Carpenter and Guy W. Crabtree both were again rated AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell. An AV Preeminent Rating is the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating organization and such a rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, and is recognized for the highest levels of legal ability and integrity. 

CCC in the Community

Durham County Bar Association President Guy Crabtree, Judge Doretta Walker and Lydia Walker at DCBA’s Fall Picnic at Forest Hills Park.

Photo credit: Bob Friedman, Publisher, Attorney at Law Magazine

Photo credit: Bob Friedman, Publisher, Attorney at Law Magazine

Lindsey Spain and Guy Crabtree presented a check for $ $2,845 to Kristin Pearson, the Director of Development for TROSA who was the beneficiary of the Durham County Bar Association’s 5K in September.

Photo credit: Bob Friedman, Publisher, Attorney at Law Magazine

Photo credit: Bob Friedman, Publisher, Attorney at Law Magazine