Political Action Committee

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2021-2022 Political Action Committee Trustees

Kevin Bunn

Political Action Committee Chair

Kevin Bunn

Political Action Committee Chair

Kevin Bunn graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in 1986, and received his Master of Public Administration degree from UNC in 1989.  He graduated from the UNC School of Law in 1993. Kevin has practiced law in Cary, North Carolina, since graduating from law school. Kevin has been a Board-Certified Specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law since 2013. He is a frequent presenter at workers’ compensation continuing education programs. Kevin is a Fellow of the National College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Kevin is a former Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section, and currently serves on the Section’s Executive Committee and as Chair of the Section’s Legislative Committee. He also serves on the NCAJ Board of Governors, Executive Committee and Finance Committee. He is the Chair of the NCAJ Political Action Committee.

Kevin joined NCAJ for the continuation education, but he stays for the friendships.

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Philip A. Baddour, Jr.

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Philip A. Baddour, Jr.

Andy Banzhoff

Membership Vice President

Andy Banzhoff

Membership Vice President

Andrew B. Banzhoff is a partner in the firm of Devereux & Banzhoff, PLLC, located in Asheville, NC.  His practice is focused primarily on criminal trial and appellate litigation.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Tampa in 1995 with a BA in Political Science and obtained a JD from Wake Forest University in 1999. 

He is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law by the NCBA.  He has served as president of the Buncombe County Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, as Chair of the NCAJ Criminal Defense Section, as a member of the NCAJ Board of Governors, a member of the NCAJ executive committee, as a legal affairs vice-president for NCAJ and as Chair of the NCAJ PAC.  He continues to serve as a member of the CJA Panel Selection Committee for the Western District of North Carolina.

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Elizabeth Beall

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Elizabeth Beall

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Steve Bowden

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Steve Bowden

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Clifford Britt

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Clifford Britt

Bartina Edwards

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Bartina Edwards

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Bartina L. Edwards, a member of the NCAJ Board of Governors, is an employment lawyer who is MD-110 Certified and Collaborative Law trained. Her special focus is on navigating the workplace, workplace issues and business disputes. She is a graduate of The College of Charleston and received her Juris Doctor cum laude from North Carolina Central School of Law. She has a corporate and entrepreneurial background giving her a unique ability to advise companies while being an employee advocate. As an extension of her legal practice, she sees her role as an employee advocate while helping businesses understand the strategic benefits of helping their employees navigate the workplace by replacing symptomatic responses with equity, inclusion and collaborative principles. This led to her vision of a transformative workplace culture redesign firm, CP3 Paradigm, LLC, where she is a co-founder. In addition to volunteering in various capacities and access to justice initiatives, she is a founding board member of the N.C. Civil Collaborative Law Association, a member of the College of Charleston Alumni Board, and the N.C. Bar Association Employment Law Council. She is published and speaks on such topics as Equity, Bias and Resolution through Collaboration. 

Carma Henson

Carma Henson

David Henson

Immediate Past President

David Henson

Immediate Past President

David Henson is a partner with Henson & Fuerst Attorneys and manages the firm’s eminent domain land condemnation division. David represents individuals, families, businesses, churches and other property owners across the state of North Carolina who are having their land taken by the government or other private condemnors. David received his bachelor’s degree with academic distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and his Juris Doctor from University of North Carolina School of Law in 1998. 

A member of NCAJ since 1998, David has actively participated in the Eminent Domain and Auto Torts sections and the Hispanic-Latino Division. Since 2012, he has served on numerous committees and task forces as a member or chair of: Finance, Building, Strategic Planning, Advocacy Strategic Planning, PAC, Governance Review, Ethics, Personnel, Nominating, and others. Further, he has served on the Executive Committee in the roles of Education VP, Communications VP, Legal Affairs VP, Fundraising and Development Officer, and at-large. He served as President-elect from 2019-2020, and then President from 2020-2021.

David is an ardent supporter of and believer in NCAJ and its mission.

Meredith Hinton

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Meredith Hinton

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Carol Huffman-Kendrick

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Carol Huffman-Kendrick

Valerie Johnson

President-Elect

Valerie Johnson

President-Elect

Valerie A. Johnson represents injured workers and individuals who have been wronged or injured at Johnson & Groninger PLLC, a law firm with offices in Charlotte and Durham. Valerie graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Law, and is a board-certified specialist in workers’ compensation law. Valerie taught elementary school after graduating from college and now helps to educate the next generation of lawyers, teaching trial advocacy at the UNC School of Law. She serves on the board of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice as the Education Vice President and on the board of Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.

Tom Maher

Tom Maher

Doug Maynard

Doug Maynard

John McCabe

President

John McCabe

President

John M. McCabe is the founder and president of The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, P.A., which is located in his hometown of Cary, North Carolina. John graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 with a degree in economics, and in 1994, he graduated, cum laude, from Campbell University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Campbell Law Review and was named to several national moot court teams.

Over the last 27 years, John has developed a statewide practice, devoted largely to representing the victims of trucking and auto collisions, on-the-job accidents, animal attacks, and nursing home neglect.

John is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned numerous recognitions, including: (1) Tier 1 Best Law Firms and Top Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report; (2) The Best Lawyers in America; (3) North Carolina Super Lawyer (Top 100), (4) North Carolina’s Legal Elite, (5) Best Lawyers in North Carolina, and (5) Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

John has remained active in NCAJ through his career. He has served on the Executive Committee since 2014, and last year, he chaired NCAJ’s Advocacy Strategic Plan Task Force, the Finance Committee, and the Nominations & Awards Committee. He was also appointed to the Chief Justice’s COVID-19 Task Force. John previously chaired the Auto Torts Section and the New Lawyers Division, and in 2015, he received the Ebbie Award.

John frequently presents at CLE’s and law schools throughout the State, and he serves on the Board of Visitors at Campbell Law School. He also authored The Analysis and Investigation of Personal Injury Cases” in the book Personal Injury Practice in North Carolina.

In his spare time, John enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and going to concerts with his wife, Rebecca.

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.

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.

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Jason Orndoff

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Jason Orndoff

Jason has been an NCAJ member since 2001 and has had the privilege to serve as Chair of the Auto Torts & Premises Liability Section, as a PAC Trustee, and on the Executive Committee. Membership in NCAJ continues to give me lasting friendships, cutting edge education, professional growth, and an unparalleled group of colleagues to help me in my practice.  I cannot imagine practicing law in NC helping injured folks without being a member of NCAJ and having access to all of its combined knowledge and resources.  With a solo practice in Hickory, I am a member of the Catawba County Bar, a past President of the 36th Judicial District Bar (Burke, Caldwell, Catawba), and greatly enjoy involvement in my local community.

Stewart Poisson

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Stewart Poisson

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Stewart Poisson is a partner with Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC where she practices law with her brother and father. She practices in the firm’s Wilmington and Wadesboro offices, representing plaintiffs in workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. Stewart has litigated numerous cases before juries and the Industrial Commission and also handles cases before the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Stewart received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 2001 and received her J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2004. In law school, she was an editor on the North Carolina Law Review and received the William T. Joyner Award for Excellence in Journal Writing.

The North Carolina State Bar certified Stewart as a workers’ compensation specialist in 2009 and recertified her in 2014 and 2019. Stewart served as an advisory member of the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee from 2014 to 2020 and currently serves as a member of the State Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Specialization Subcommittee and Authorized Practice Committee.

Stewart presents each year on various topics in the field of workers’ compensation for North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE programs, is a former Chair of NCAJ’s Workers’ Rights Section and is a former chair of NCAJ’s New Lawyer’s Division. She currently serves on NCAJ’s Executive Committee as the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Officer; she formerly served on NCAJ’s Board of Governors from 2012 to 2017. She is active on NCAJ’s Legal Affairs Committee and has authored numerous amicus briefs for the organization.

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Brian M. Ricci

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Brian M. Ricci

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Jason Taylor

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Jason Taylor

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Isaac L. Thorp

2020-2021 Auto Torts & Premises Liability Chair

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Isaac L. Thorp

2020-2021 Auto Torts & Premises Liability Chair

After graduating from New York University School of Law in 1986, he began his legal career as a prosecutor in the sex crimes unit of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. He then returned to North Carolina to practice law with his father Bill Thorp in 1990. Isaac is now the managing partner at Thorp Law, in Raleigh, and focuses the firm’s practice on personal injury and eminent domain.

Isaac has been a member of NCAJ since 1990. He has lectured at NCAJ’s continuing legal education seminars on various topics. He has served as Chair for NCAJ’s Eminent Domain and Auto Torts and Premises Liability sections and is on NCAJ’s Board of Governors.

Kimberly Wilson White

Education Vice President

Kimberly Wilson White

Education Vice President

Kimberly Wilson White, Managing Shareholder of Wilson Law, P.A. in Raleigh, NC, has been practicing law for 25 years. She received her law degree from West Virginia University, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For nearly 20 years, Ms. White has represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases involving dangerous pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, defective products and medical malpractice. Ms. White has been appointed to leadership positions by federal judges in various multidistrict litigations across the country. Recently, she was appointed by Federal Judge M. Casey Rodgers to the Expert and Science Committee in the 3M Products Liability Litigation pending in the Northern District of Florida. This litigation involves the use of defective hearing protection by U.S. Servicemembers, including many servicemembers from North Carolina.

As a member of NCAJ, Ms. White has served the organization as a lobbyist, PAC Trustee and member of the Board of Governors, Finance and Nominating & Awards committee. Over the past 10 years, she has also assisted with NCAJ opposition to proposed legislation impacting civil jury trials, specifically beating back, along with other NCAJ members, an effort in 2012 to pass legislation that would have afforded immunity for pharmaceutical companies from civil suit for injuries caused by dangerous drugs. But for the efforts of NCAJ, North Carolinians would not have the same access to the courtroom as other Americans who are injured by the misleading, inadequate warnings of drug manufacturers.

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Terre Yde

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