Member Moves

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Noorthoek Joins Jason E. Taylor

Rachel Mary Noorthoek has joined the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor P.C. in the firm’s Hickory office, where she will focus her practice on personal injury. Noorthoek is a graduate of Indiana University and earned her law degree at DePaul University College of Law. She practiced most recently with Campbell & Associates, Attorneys at Law in Charlotte. 

Payton Joins Maynard & Harris

S. Camille Payton has joined Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PLLC, in Winston Salem, where she will focus her practice on Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation law. Payton is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her law degree at the University of Texas. Prior to joining Maynard & Harriss, Payton practiced at Ward Black Law in Greensboro.

Granados Joins Wiley Nickel As a Senior Associate 

Lindsey Granados has joined the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, in Cary. Granados is the current president of the Wake Women Attorneys and the immediate past president of the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers. She previously had a solo practice, where she focused on criminal law and defense, and afterward served as an assistant district attorney in Wake County. Prior to joining Wiley Nickel, Granados practiced at Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, where she focused on criminal defense and DWI. A native of Oklahoma, she graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee with a bachelor’s degree in political science and attended law school at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Fertig Joins Ferrin

Emily Fertig has joined The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in its personal injury department. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Fertig has a degree in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. She is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Mississippi.

Gooden Opens Firm in Mooresville

Thomas Gooden has opened the Law Office of Thomas W. Gooden, PLLC, in his hometown of Mooresville. His practice will focus on Social Security Disability and estate planning. Gooden is a graduate of Wake Forest University and earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law in 2009. Gooden was previously with the Levine Law Group.

Hudgins Joins M.C. Davis & Associates in Rocky Mount

Tia J. Hudgins has joined the firm of M.C. Davis & Associates, PLLC in her hometown of Rocky Mount. Hudgins is a 2018 graduate of Elon University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Queens University of Charlotte, where she majored in sports management and minored in pre-law. She will focus her practice on criminal defense, personal injury, traffic law, real estate and wills and estates.

Beall Joins Farrin  

Elizabeth Todd Beall has joined The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin where she will focus on cases involving nursing home and assisted living abuse and negligence in North Carolina. Beall has more than 20 years of experience in nursing home claims and litigation. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law.

Dickinson Joins Farrin 

Paul R. Dickinson Jr. has joined The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in Durham as a member of the firm’s personal injury litigation team. Paul earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. He has more than 30 years of legal experience, including representation of Iraqi victims of the Blackwater military contractors who opened fire on civilians at a traffic stop.

Rowlett Joins Hodgman, Rowlett & Jahnes In Greensboro As Partner

Margaret Rowlett has joined the firm formerly known as the Hodgman Law Firm, PA, as a partner. The Greensboro firm’s new name is Hodgman, Rowlett & Jahnes, PA. Rowlett focuses her practice on workers’ compensation law and also handles employment, personal injury, and long-term disability insurance claims. She was formerly with Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen, LLP. Her former partners Norman B. Smith and J. David James have retired.

Snyder Joins Ward Black Law in Greensboro

Gabriel Snyder has joined the Greensboro law firm of Ward Black Law where he will focus his practice on personal injury, workers compensation and eminent domain. Snyder earned his undergraduate degree from Campbell University and his law degree from Campbell School of Law. He received the Millie Wiggins Scholarship and the Howard Memorial Christian Citizenship Award during his time at Campbell Law. Snyder met his wife, Audrey Snyder, during undergraduate school at Campbell and then they attended Campbell Law together. She also practices at Ward Black.

Copeley Joins White & Stradley In Raleigh

Leto Copeley has joined White & Stradley PLLC in Raleigh in an of counsel role. Copeley’s practice concentrates on sexual abuse, serious personal injury and wrongful death. She is immediate past president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association and currently serves on the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. Copeley earned her law degree at Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree at Hunter College in New York. She has been an NCAJ member for more than 20 years. Copeley practiced previously with Johnson Groninger PLLC in Durham.

Scarborough Opens Firm In Wadesboro

Whitney Scarborough has opened Scarborough Law PLLC in Wadesboro. A board-certified specialist in Social Security Disability, Scarborough also practices family law, estate planning and estate administration. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her law degree from Campbell Law School. Scarborough has been an NCAJ member since graduating from law school in 2011. Scarborough practiced previously with Poisson Poisson and Bower, PLLC, in Wadesboro.

Reach Scarborough Law at 704-694-4100. 

Matesic Joins Sasser In Charlotte

NCAJ Board of Governors member Rachel Matesic has joined The Sasser Law Firm in Charlotte. Her practice will continue to focus on employee benefits litigation. Matesic is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law & Public Policy Scholar. Previously, Matesic practiced with Marcellino & Tyson in Charlotte


Merger Forms Farris & Thomas In Wilson

Longtime NCAJ member Robert Farris Jr. and his cousin and fellow Wilson attorney Allen Thomas have merged their firms to create Farris & Thomas. The merger of Thomas Law and Farris & Farris took effect Oct. 1. “This is a re-emergence, a return to where we all started, “ Bob Farris said.  “My dad and Allen set a very high standard of service to Wilson and throughout our area many, many decades ago. The time is right for us to formally get back together as we work to provide quality representation for our clients.”Robert Farris Sr. is a legend among Wilson attorneys. After serving in the Pacific as a PT boat commander in World War II and then finishing law school at the University of North Carolina, he set up a one man law firm in downtown Wilson in 1948. Farris soon became known throughout the state for his extraordinary trial skills and willingness to defend those even in the most unpopular situations. Bob Farris joined his dad and Thomas in 1971.The firm handles a broad range of cases in areas such as personal injury, criminal, major civil, domestic, workers’ compensation, contracts, wills and estates, and appeals. Farris & Thomas will maintain both firms’ phone numbers, (252) 291-1000 and (252) 243-3000. Find them online at