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History

Poyner Spruill was formed January 1, 1986

The firm was formed by the merger of two of North Carolina's oldest and most respected law firms: Poyner, Geraghty, Hartsfield & Townsend of Raleigh and Spruill & Spruill of Rocky Mount and Raleigh.

The Poyner firm was established in Raleigh in 1946

James M. Poyner, Marshall B. Hartsfield and John J. Geraghty founded the Poyner firm. Newman A. Townsend, Jr. later became associated with the firm. It steadily expanded its civil practice in Raleigh, becoming the city's largest and most established corporate practice and achieving a significant reputation for expertise in tax law. Pictured from left to right: Nat Townsend, John Geraghty, Cornelia Trott with Lawyers Title, Marshall Hartsfield, NC Lawyers Title employee, and Jim Poyner. 

Spruill & Spruill traced its beginning to 1883

Frank S. Spruill established the firm in Henderson. Spruill moved the firm to Rocky Mount in 1907. In 1988, Mark B. Edwards and Richard E. Thigpen, Jr., then president of the North Carolina Bar Association, joined the firm and opened its office in Charlotte. In 2005, the Broughton & Broughton firm merged into Poyner Spruill, giving the firm an office in Southern Pines. And most recently, the firm changed its name from Poyner & Spruill LLP to Poyner Spruill LLP, effective October 10, 2008.

what's new at the firm

Two Poyner Spruill Attorneys Help Work for Tomorrow through Mentor Program at UNC Law

2/20/2018

RALEIGH, NC – Founded in 2016, the McIntyre-Whichard Legal Fellows Program is now in its second year of existence at the University of North Carolina School of Law. The program was founded by two UNC Law School alums and is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Study Center and the UNC Christian Legal Society. The program is named after Poyner Spruill partner and former U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre and former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Willis Whichard, who are both alums of the university and serve as program mentors.

Poyner Spruill Diversity Committee to host panel discussion with key leaders in the legal field to celebrate Black History Month

2/12/2018

The Poyner Spruill Diversity Committee is celebrating Black History Month by hosting an intimate panel discussion with key leaders who have been successful in the legal field.

Twenty-three Poyner Spruill Attorneys Honored by Super Lawyers in 2018

2/5/2018

RALEIGH, NC – Poyner Spruill is pleased to announce that 16 of its attorneys have been recognized as 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers and 7 were named as 2018 North Carolina Rising Stars by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine.

Poyner Spruill’s Client Service & Strategy Manager to Present at the 2018 Festival of Legal Learning

1/23/2018

RALEIGH, NC – Poyner Spruill’s Manager of Client Service & Strategy, Brandi Hobbs, has been invited to present at the University of North Carolina School of Law’s 2018 Festival of Legal Learning. The festival will take place February 9-10 at The William & Ida Friday Continuing Education Center in Chapel Hill.

Poyner Spruill files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of European business organizations

1/12/2018

RALEIGH, NC — Led by partner Saad Gul, the law firm of Poyner Spruill LLP filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of five European business organizations, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a lower court’s ruling preventing officials from accessing specific private emails housed on a server in Ireland.

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