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2021-2022
Advocacy Team

Ann Ochsner

Legislative Vice President

Ann Ochsner

Legislative Vice President

Ann Ochsner practices with the Whitley Law Firm in Raleigh. Well versed in civil litigation and appellate advocacy, she concentrates in automobile collisions, slip and fall cases, dog bites and general negligence. Ochsner has been an NCAJ member since 2011 and has previously served as NCAJ’s education vice president. She is a graduate of Methodist University and Campbell University School of Law.

Jon Moore

Legal Affairs Vice President

Jon Moore

Legal Affairs Vice President

Jon Moore grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri area before graduating college from Northwestern University.  After a year of teaching high school, Jon went on to law school at Georgetown University.  After briefly working in Missouri following law school, Jon moved to North Carolina when his wife accepted a job as a reporter at a local television station.  Jon focuses his practice on personal injury and medical malpractice.  He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine from 2017 through 2021.  Jon has served as Chair of the Product Liability section, and also Chair of the Auto Torts and Premises Liability section.  During his tenure as Chair of the ATPL section, Jon launched the popular monthly trial de-briefs.  Jon has served on the NCAJ’s Legal Affairs committee for several years, and authored multiple amicus briefs and served on multiple moot court panels.  His favorite part about being an NCAJ member is the collegiality and the willingness of members to share their knowledge and expertise.

Abby Hammond

Advocacy Consultant

Abby Hammond

Advocacy Consultant

Abby Hammond joined the NCAJ team in March of 2018. She brings a wealth of experience interacting with state agencies, legislators and special interest groups in North Carolina. Prior to joining NCAJ, Hammond served in the North Carolina Industrial Commission, where she worked for three chairs of the commission. She also spent four and half years as commission counsel to the Rules Review Commission within the Office of Administrative Hearings. Before coming to North Carolina, Hammond practiced family law in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hammond’s duties at NCAJ include coordinating advocacy efforts with members and contract lobbyists regarding legislation in the N.C. General Assembly. She also assists NCAJ’s Legal Affairs Program in administering reviews of amicus requests and organizing moot court panels and she works with the NCAJ PAC. Hammond serves as staff liaison to NCAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Section and its Legislative and Legal Affairs committees. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and a member of the Junior League.

Hammond is a graduate of Clemson University and earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places and Clemson football. Hammond has two children and a wonderful puppy that is the best behaved of the three. Her husband is an economist, and between the two of them, they make dinner conversation for their kids the worst.

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Erwin Byrd

NCAJ Member & Amicus Consultant

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Erwin Byrd

NCAJ Member & Amicus Consultant

Philip Isley

NCAJ Member & Contract Lobbyist

Philip Isley

NCAJ Member & Contract Lobbyist

Philip Isley began his tenure as a contract lobbyist for NCAJ in 2011. Since then, he has lobbied for a variety of clients across the state and nation, including the City of Raleigh and the City of Asheville.

He has practiced law in North Carolina since 1992, and served four terms on the Raleigh City Council. During his time on the council, Isley built lasting relationships with other elected officials and staff within Raleigh, Wake County and North Carolina. After joining the Raleigh firm Blanchard, Miller, Lewis & Isley, PA, he began significant work for clients before the City of Raleigh, Wake County, and the North Carolina General Assembly. His lobbying and governmental relations work is a substantial part of his practice.

Isley graduated cum laude from Washington & Lee University with a degree in European History and a concentration in English History. He graduated from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law in 1992.

He currently serves as a member of the Centennial Authority, Band Together, the Triangle Educational Assistance Fund, and has served on the last three Local Organizing Committees with the NCAA regional basketball tournament. Outside of his legal work, Isley’s interests include cooking, fly fishing and music.

Zane Stilwell

Contract Lobbyist

Zane Stilwell

Contract Lobbyist

Andy Munn

Contract Lobbyist

Andy Munn

Contract Lobbyist

Kevin Wilkinson

Contract Lobbyist

Kevin Wilkinson

Contract Lobbyist

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