Alumni in the News for August 2018

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Wake Forest School of Law alumni are featured regularly in the media. Following is a roundup of news mentions from August 2018:

J. Gary Vannoy (BA ‘62, JD ‘65), of Vannoy, Colvard, Triplett & Vannoy, was featured in the Wilkes Journal-Patriot on Aug. 14:

J. Gary Vannoy, who has practiced law for over 50 years, was recently inducted into the N.C. Bar Association (NCBA) General Practice Hall of Fame.

After Vannoy graduated from law school in 1964, he joined the law practice of W.H. McElwee Jr. and John Hall in North Wilkesboro instead of accepting an offer to work as an assistant U.S. attorney in Greensboro. Vannoy has been president of the Wilkes County and 23rd Judicial District bar associations, as well as State Bar councilor. After a year with McElwee and Hall, doing criminal law and civil litigation, Vannoy briefly had a solo general practice. He secured an appointment as county court judge in 1967 from fellow Democrat, Gov. Dan Moore. He was the state’s youngest county court judge, but the position ended when the District Court system was adopted in the late 1960s. County court judges heard traffic cases and misdemeanors. Vannoy partnered with Howard C. “Bud” Colvard Jr in 1971, and Anthony “Tony” Triplett joined the practice in 1981. Vannoy’s son, John G. “Jay” Vannoy Jr. joined in 1992, followed by Daniel S. Johnson, Lee C. Bentley and Brandon J. York.

He devoted about 90 percent of his practice to litigation, “earning him the respect of countless judges, many of who supported his nomination” to the hall of fame, the NCBA stated. Vannoy earned a reputation as one of the best criminal defense lawyers around, with cases in state and federal court.

Elie Foy (JD ‘05) of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP was featured in the Carolina Business Connection on Aug. 17:

Experienced trusts and estates attorney Elie Foy has joined Womble Bond Dickinson and will practice in the firm’s Raleigh office.  Foy has more than a decade of experience guiding clients in a range of trusts and estate planning, wealth transfer and administration matters, including counseling clients on the tax implications of trusts and estate transactions. She also counsels charities and foundations on obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status.

A certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Foy has been ranked as one of the state’s top estate planning lawyers by both North Carolina Super Lawyers and Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. She also is a frequent speaker and author on trusts and estate topics, and recently completed a term as President of the Wake County Estate Planning Council.

Porsha N. Buresh (‘07) was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal on Aug. 26:

Posha N. Buresh has joined Halvorsen Bradshaw PLLC as an associate attorney. She received her juris doctor from Wake Forest School of Law in 2007. Buresh has been a member of the 21st Judicial District Bar since 2008. She brings experience to the practice and will represent clients in family law cases with the firm.

Wesley Bailey (JD ‘55) of Bailey & Thomas, P.A., was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal on Aug. 26:

Wesley Bailey is the senior partner with the Bailey & Thomas, P.A. law firm, based in Winston-Salem.  Notable highlights of his career include being the family lawyer for the Newsom family of Winston-Salem, whose killings were the subject of a best-selling book, “Bitter Blood,” which later became a movie; and defending a young black man who was accused of raping a white woman in the 1960s.  Bailey represented former president Jimmy Carter when he and two other Democratic party leaders were sued by Joe Felmet, a former Winston-Salem Journal employee, because he was not chosen as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 1976. A judge rejected Felmet’s challenge, and Bailey got a thank-you letter from Carter, who became president in 1977.  He served on the nine-member Judicial Council of the worldwide United Methodist Church, the denomination’s equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court, when the Rev. Jimmy Creech challenged the United Methodist policy on same-sex unions.

Mark Maland (JD ‘77) was featured in Daily Advance on Aug. 29:

Retired attorney Mark Maland has been hired to serve as Arts of the Albemarle’s interim director while the arts group searches for a new leader. Maland, who practiced law with Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland for four decades, takes over for Larry Jay Gid­dens, who resigned last week to take a job with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. In an AoA press release, Maland described Arts of the Albemarle as a “great asset to this community” and noted the executive director “has a real opportunity to impact the quality of life in northeastern North Carolina.” Maland has served on the organization’s board of directors and as its treasurer.

Jeff Malarney (JD ‘91) of Twiddy & Company was featured in OBX Voice on  Aug. 31:

Jeffery J. Malarney of Manteo has been appointed to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission by Gov. Roy Cooper.  Malarney, a former member of the Real Estate Commission, serves as General Counsel for Twiddy & Company, a North Carolina Vacation Rental Management Firm, and is a principal of the Law Offices of Jeff Malarney, PLLC.  He is also a licensed real estate broker and property insurance agent. A retired commander of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate Corps, he is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney, past president of the North Carolina Vacation Rental Managers Association and past chairman of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce.