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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

2019 Charlotte Employment Seminar: Navigating Risks in the Workplace

4/12/2019

Wednesday, May 15th at 2 P.M. Join us as we discuss the impact of #metoo and managing risks in retirement plans.

Employee Benefits Day Webinar: Executive Compensation

3/12/2019

Attracting and retaining executives and key employees is critical to an organization's success. As a result, offers of employment often come with special perks and promises. These additional benefits are essential in attracting the executive, but can create unintended liabilities. This session will identify common issues associated with executive compensation arrangements, discuss the potential liability, and provide practical tips to allow you to spot potential issues before they become liabilities.

Poyner Spruill’s First Ever NCAA Tournament Party

3/12/2019

This year we will be hosting our first annual NCAA Party!

Mayo named Client Choice Award winner in North Carolina

2/19/2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill partner Kelsey Mayo has been named the 2019 Client Choice Award winner in the Employment & Benefits category for North Carolina.

Terminating Employment: Best Practices to Navigate the Termination Minefield

2/13/2019

How an employer manages an employment termination is often the determinative factor in whether an employee sues for wrongful termination. This webinar discussion focuses upon best practices that should be used to minimize frequency of post-termination lawsuits, severance and release considerations, and essential planning and documentation for termination of an employee.

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