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John has extensive experience in corporate and tax law matters, mergers and acquisitions and general business transactions, as well as commercial loan transactions where he represents both borrowers and lenders.
John represents clients regarding all aspects of entity formation, debt and private equity financing, corporate governance, shareholder disputes, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and commercial business and loan transactions. He also devotes a significant portion of his time advising clients on a wide range of tax matters, focusing primarily on partnership and S corporation tax issues.
John serves as an adjunct professor of law at Wake Forest University Law School, where he has taught or presently teaches courses in business planning, partnership taxation, and corporate taxation. He has also presented at numerous seminars on topics covering choice of entity, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, and limited liability company operating agreements.
John is currently serving as the Chair of the LLC’s, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Subcommittee of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Business Law Section and is a past Secretary, Treasurer and two-time council member of the Business Law Section. He is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association in the Tax and Business Law Sections, and a member of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
John graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1982, with distinction, with a bachelor of science in administration. He received his J.D. in 1985 from Wake Forest University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1987.
He has consistently been recognized as a member of the Legal Elite, as rated by Business North Carolina magazine, having received the honor of the top rated lawyer for Business Law in 2018 and was recently recognized as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame in 2019. John also continues to be included in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
John is a current member of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company. He also volunteers as a member of the local Board of Managers for the William G. White YMCA.
John served previously as an officer and board member for Twin City Youth Soccer Association for whom he coached several youth soccer teams and was named as the North Carolina Challenge Girls Coach of the Year in 2010. John also served as the Executive Vice-President of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association from 2012-2015.
John is an active sports enthusiast and marathon runner.
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Dennis has over 30 years of litigation experience. He has handled and will continue to manage a broad range of litigation matters through trial and appellate review, including medical malpractice defense, business and banking disputes, premises liability claims, and serious personal injury claims. He also represents health care professionals in licensing board matters.
Prior to joining Wall Babcock LLP, Dennis was a partner with Carruthers & Bailey, P.A., a Winston-Salem-based firm that he started with Joseph Carruthers in 2001. Preceding that, Dennis was a partner at the law firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt in Winston-Salem. Earlier in his career, Dennis served as a law clerk from 1985 to 1986 to The Honorable Frank Bullock, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
A native of Danville, Virginia, Dennis received a J.D. degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1985 and a B.A. degree in philosophy/religion from Elon College in 1982. He has been a member of the North Carolina Bar Association since 1988, including the Litigation and Health Law Sections. Additionally, Dennis has been a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys since 2001.
Dennis is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been AV rated by Martindale -Hubbell since 1999 and has been named to Best Lawyers every year since 2007, including being named as the Greensboro Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year in 2012. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 2008 and is a frequent speaker for Continuing Legal Education and at various symposia for health care providers and medical groups.
Dennis and his wife, Laurie, live in Advance and have two adult children, James and Austin who is married to Rene’.
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For nearly 25 years and in forums across the country, Kelly has been engaged in protecting his clients’ most valuable assets and resolving their most challenging issues. A large part of Kelly’s practice is devoted to safeguarding his clients’ intellectual property and trade secrets and resolving disputes involving noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements, unfair competition claims, and claims arising under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for local, regional, and international companies ranging in size from start-ups to publicly traded, Fortune 100® firms.
In addition to employment and business tort litigation, Kelly routinely represents clients in defending and resolving complex, multi-party commercial matters, regulated investment advisor and broker litigation, and contract disputes.
On a pro bono basis, Kelly has been involved in civil rights and constitutional litigation and international child abduction litigation under the Hague Convention in federal District Courts, the United States Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.
Kelly is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Idaho. Prior to moving with his family to North Carolina, Kelly spent 22 years as an associate and partner in the commercial litigation and intellectual property groups at Perkins Coie LLP in Washington, D.C. and Idaho, where he served as the managing partner of that firm’s Boise office for three years before joining Wall Babcock LLP.
Kelly received his J.D. degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1995 and a B.A. degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University. Kelly has been listed in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers,” is recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for Idaho and “Labor and Employment Star – West” in Benchmark Litigation, and he continues to be listed as a Mountain States Super Lawyer.
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Joseph (Joe) T. Carruthers, III has joined Wall Babcock LLP as a partner. Joe brings over 35 years of litigation experience to Wall Babcock, most recently as a partner with Carruthers & Bailey, P.A., a Winston-Salem-based firm that he started with Dennis Bailey in 2001. He has handled and will continue to manage a broad range of litigation matters through trial and appellate review, including medical malpractice defense, business and banking disputes, wrongful death, serious personal injury, and products liability. Joe also is a certified Superior Court Mediator
Joe practiced at the law firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt from 1981 until 2000 and was named a partner in 1985. Prior to joining Bell, Davis & Pitt, he served as an associate at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice from 1977 until 1981.
Born in Greensboro, Joe received a J.D. degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he was ranked first in his graduating class, in 1977, and a B.A. degree in political science from Duke University in 1974. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Forsyth County Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute.
He has been named to Best Lawyers every year since 1997 and Super Lawyers since 2010. He has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1992 and has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1997.
Joe and his wife Marty live in Winston-Salem. Joe has four adult children: John (wife Abby and grandchildren Brewer and Page), Mary Sutton, Steve, and Drew (wife Taylor and grandsons Holden and Lawson).
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Mike is a partner at Wall Babcock LLP. His practice focuses on business transactions, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract matters and general corporate law. Prior to joining Wall Babcock, he was a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Winston-Salem.
Mike is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, and the Forsyth County Bar Association. Mike has been actively involved in the primary pro bono initiative of the Business Law Section, the NC LEAP program, by providing legal services to individuals and small business owners in North Carolina.
He received a J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and a B.S. in Business Administration (concentration in accounting) degree from the University of Central Florida in 1978. Prior to law school, Mike was a Certified Public Accountant and worked for an international public accounting firm performing and supervising audits of public companies.
Mike has extensive experience representing companies of all sizes with respect to mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. He has prepared and reviewed Securities Exchange Act periodic reports for both NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies. Mike also devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising clients on entity formation, debt and equity financing, and the structure and formation of joint ventures. Mike has advised both public and private companies on a wide range of issues related to corporate governance, including the fiduciary obligations of directors, director independence and the structures and compositions of their boards of directors.
Mike is included in The Best Lawyers in America (Mergers and Acquisitions Law) and holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mike is a long-time member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he has served in several capacities, including youth ministries. Mike and his wife, Laura, live in Lewisville and have three grown children.
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Jean has over twenty years of experience in healthcare law. She represents health care systems, clinically integrated physician networks and accountable care organizations in managed care contracting, transactions with physicians, health systems and payors, and regulatory matters such as fraud and abuse.
Prior to joining Wall Babcock, she was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Mission Health and General Counsel for a division of Mission focused on population health and physician networks. She previously served as General Counsel for Novant Health’s headquarters in Charlotte, NC, where she had responsibility for four hospitals, a nursing home, and physician practices. She has also worked in the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division preparing rulings on exempt organization issues and training field agents.
Jean has published numerous articles on healthcare fraud and abuse regulation, provider led health plans, and self-disclosure of billing errors, among other topics. Her speaking engagements have included the American Health Lawyers Association, state bar groups, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics.
Jean earned her B.A. in Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill, and her law degree and a Masters in Taxation at George Washington University. She is a member of the North Carolina, Maryland and District of Columbia bars.
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Jim represents entrepreneurs and businesses in a wide array of transactions and governance issues. He has significant experience representing executives in connection with their employment relationships, including negotiations of employment and separation agreements.
Additionally, Jim assists health care providers including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, optometrists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in connection with their practices. He also represents other clients in the health care field including owners and managers of long term care facilities, management service organizations, providers of clinical research and local management entities. He advises clients on corporate issues as well as regulatory matters including Stark, Anti-Kickback, fraud and abuse and the corporate practice of medicine.
Jim recently completed his term as chair of the Health Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (Physician Organization, Fraud and Abuse and Long Term Care Practice Groups), the North Carolina Bar Association (Health Law, Business Law and Employment Law Sections), and is a frequent speaker and author on issues affecting health care and small businesses. A certified mediator, Jim has been recognized as a Legal Elite by Business North Carolina magazine, and is included in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. In 2012, Best Lawyers named Jim “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of corporate law for the Greensboro metropolitan area. Jim holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Prior to being a founding member of Wall Babcock LLP, Jim practiced as a partner with Kilpatrick Stockton in its corporate and health care departments. Earlier in his career, Jim was a shareholder and director of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. where he practiced in the firm’s corporate, health care and insolvency sections.
Jim is a 1986 graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.
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Ashlee Webster is an associate attorney with Wall Babcock LLP in Winston-Salem. Ashlee’s practice includes a broad range of litigation matters, focusing on medical malpractice defense, commercial litigation, and labor and employment law. Prior to joining Wall Babcock LLP, Ashlee gained diverse experience working in firm environments, and as an in-house corporate attorney for both large and small businesses.
Ashlee is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Ashlee has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both North Carolina and Virginia. She currently serves on the Leadership Council for Trellis Supportive Care in Winston-Salem.
A native of North Carolina, Ashlee received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from North Carolina State University and her law degree, cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
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Ben is an associate attorney with Wall Babcock LLP. His practice is focused on general corporate law, business transactions, and commercial real estate.
Ben is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Business Law and Real Property Sections. Prior to joining Wall Babcock, Ben spent time as a closing attorney for residential real estate transactions.
A North Carolina native, Ben received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Public Policy and Management & Society from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Ben received his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University in 2016. Ben is a member of Mercy Hill Church, where he serves as the volunteer leader for the parking team. Ben lives with his wife Anna in High Point.
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Karen is a partner at Wall Babcock LLP. Her practice focuses on estate planning, estate administration, corporate and tax law. She also is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Wall Babcock, Karen was a partner at Robinson & Lawing LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC in Winston-Salem.
Karen is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Tax and Estate Planning Sections, and is a member of the Forsyth County Bar Association. She is a member of the Winston-Salem Estate Planning Council and has served multiple terms on its board of trustees and as its treasurer. She has also served multiple terms on the Wake Forest University Planned Giving Council.
Karen is included in The Best Lawyers in America and holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She is also recognized as a member of the Legal Elite, as rated by Business North Carolina magazine.
Karen received a J.D. degree cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1985 and a B.S. degree, also from Wake Forest University, in 1982. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management, where she taught “Federal Taxes and Management Decisions” to M.B.A. students.
An experienced speaker and author, Karen’s speaking topics have included “Children & Taxes” (North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Intensive Seminar on Bedded and Imbedded Taxes), “Marital Deduction Trusts and Uniform Transfers to Minors Act” (Wake Forest University School of Law CLE), “North Carolina Intangible Personal Property Tax” (Lorman Educational Services Seminars) and “Tax Aspects of Buy-Sell Agreements” (Law and Accountants Seminar). She co-authored “North Carolina Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual” for Data Trace Legal Publishers and “Corporate and Income Tax and Franchise Tax Summaries” for Prentice Hall’s North Carolina State and Local Tax Service.
Karen is an active member of Knollwood Baptist Church, where she has served in a number of capacities, including deacon and past chair of the personnel, finance and missions committees. Additionally, Karen contributes her time to charitable causes. Karen is the Treasurer of Crisis Control Ministry and serves on its Board of Trustees. She also tutors underprivileged children through a local Kids Café program. Karen has participated in over a dozen international medical mission trips to underserved populations. She has served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and is a former member of the board of trustees of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Central North Carolina.
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Jan Yarborough is a partner with the law firm of Wall Babcock LLP. She has a concentration in health law, particularly in the area of managed care issues. Prior to joining Wall Babcock, Yarborough worked as a solo practitioner in Chapel Hill and continues to work from her Chapel Hill office.
Prior to establishing her own practice in 2002, Jan was a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP in Winston-Salem. Earlier in her career, she was director of legal affairs at PHP, Inc. and an attorney at Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey and Leonard in Greensboro. She also served as an adjunct health law professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law and was a clinical faculty member of the School of Nursing at Rowan Technical Community College.
A native of Western North Carolina, Jan received a J.D. degree magna cum laude from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1987 and a B.S. degree magna cum laude in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1980.
A frequent writer on topics related to health law, she served as chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Health Law Section from 1994 to 1995. In addition, she has been a faculty member for numerous health subjects for continuing education, a member of the North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys and is a former member of the advisory committee for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. She is included in The Best Lawyers in America and is currently a member of the Wake Forest University School of Law Board of Visitors.