Welcome New Teachers!

Welcome New Teachers!

Brinkley Walser Stoner welcomes all the new teachers to our local counties!  We are proud supporters of our local school systems. The firm was a sponsor of today’s Chamber breakfast where all three Davidson County Chambers of Commerce honored educators new to the county. Read more about the event in The...
Kelly Chatterton Earns NC Certified Paralegal Title

Kelly Chatterton Earns NC Certified Paralegal Title

Lexington, NC – David Inabinett, Managing Member of Brinkley Walser Stoner, announced today that team member Kelly Chatterton has earned the title of NC Certified Paralegal. Chatterton earned her degree as a paralegal in May 2014. “We congratulate Kelly on her achievement,” says Inabinett. “The NC Certified Paralegal program is a long-term commitment. Not only do participants have to successfully pass multiple classes, but also participate in continuing education each year to maintain their certification. Kelly worked hard to earn this recognition.” The certification program is administered by the North Carolina State Bar. The voluntary program focuses on ensuring paralegals work with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. “I had planned to get a degree in political science but ended up working as a 911 emergency operator for 12 years,” says Chatterton. “That sparked an interest in the law, so I returned to school in 2013 to pursue a degree as a paralegal. I took a double course load, and graduated in May of 2014, then found a job with Stoner, Bowers, Gray and McDonald [Stoner Bowers merged with Brinkley Walser in January 2015 to become Brinkley Walser Stoner]. Becoming certified seemed like the natural next step. I’m very excited to have earned this honor!” Kelly is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is married and has one child. Brinkley Walser Stoner prides itself on providing new and cutting edge legal counsel built on a foundation of knowledge and integrity. Brinkley Walser Stoner’s attorneys are first and foremost counselors, advising clients on their legal rights...
Long-Time Paralegal Pat Hodges Retires

Long-Time Paralegal Pat Hodges Retires

Brinkley Walser Stoner office manager, Karen Greene, today announced that paralegal Pat Hodges has retired after many years of service to the legal industry. Hodges joined Brinkley Walser Stoner in 2010, but had previously worked for the Smith Law Firm and R.B. Smith, Jr. for more than 30 years. “Pat has been a tremendous asset to the firm,” says Greene. “She had only been with the firm for five years, but made a big difference with her positive attitude and enthusiasm for her work. Pat has a wealth of knowledge about administering estates. We’ll miss her and wish her well on her retirement.” Hodges worked most recently part-time as the firm’s estates paralegal, handling hundreds of estates. During her time at the Smith Law Firm, Pat was the Office Manager and a real estate paralegal. Her last day with the firm was April 22nd. The firm will host a reception in Pat’s honor later this month. “I’ll certainly miss the great people I’ve worked with,” says Hodges. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people through the years, including Irvin Sink, Wayne Michael, Rod and Phyllis Penry, Dan Timberlake, Doris Gamblin, Ryan McNeill, RB Smith and many others. I worked for RB at the Smith Law Firm for 34 years. He was a kind, considerate and caring person who always looked after us and helped in any way he could. He was a great boss. I found the same caring people here at Brinkley Walser Stoner.” Brinkley Walser Stoner prides itself on providing new and cutting edge legal counsel built on a foundation of knowledge and...
Brinkley Walser Stoner Update | April 2015

Brinkley Walser Stoner Update | April 2015

3 Situations Where Your HOA Board Needs Legal Advice By Ryan V. McNeill If you serve on the Board of your Homeowner’s Association, you may quickly find out how much you need to learn! In addition to the Covenant’s and Bylaws that govern your HOA, there are other local, state and federal laws and regulations that can come into play. As long as all homeowners abide by the rules and pay their dues on time, being on the Board can be relatively simple. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t read (or perhaps understand) these thick documents and others ignore them. Evenly and fairly enforcing the Covenants and Bylaws for the benefit of the Association members (the homeowners) as a whole becomes the responsibility of the Board.  Read more… Tribute to Walter F. Brinkley Mentor, friend and beloved former senior partner Walter F. Brinkley passed away on April 6, 2015 at the age of 88. Walt was an inspiration to those of us who knew him. He was a role model, mentor and leader whose commitment to providing legal services to the community truly made the firm what it is today. Walt Brinkley was the epitome of the “citizen lawyer” and to many he was their “Atticus Finch,” says David Inabinett, Managing Member of the firm, referring to the fictional attorney in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. “He believed everyone, no matter their income or status, should have qualified legal representation. His leadership at the community and state level and his pro bono efforts were instrumental in starting Legal Aid of NC. The firm today still maintains a strong level of...
A Tribute to Walter F. Brinkley

A Tribute to Walter F. Brinkley

Mentor, friend and beloved former senior partner Walter F. Brinkley passed away on April 6, 2015 at the age of 88. Walt was an inspiration to those of us who knew him. He was a role model, mentor and leader whose commitment to providing legal services to the community truly made the firm what it is today. “Walt Brinkley was the epitome of the “citizen lawyer” and to many he was their “Atticus Finch,” says David Inabinett, Managing Member of the firm, referring to the fictional attorney in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. “He believed everyone, no matter their income or status, should have qualified legal representation. His leadership at the community and state level and his pro bono efforts were instrumental in starting Legal Aid of NC. The firm today still maintains a strong level of service to the community based on Walt’s teachings.” Walt Brinkley followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming an attorney. He joined the firm in 1953. Walt was committed to education and represented the Lexington City Schools and Davidson County Schools during his tenure. He served as President of the North Carolina Bar Association and as Chairman of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners. Walt was named to the North Carolina Bar General Practice Hall of Fame in 1995. He retired in 2009 after 60 years of practice. The Walter F. Brinkley Scholarship Fund at Davidson County Community College was established to honor Walt Brinkley’s service to the community and to the law firm that bears his name. The Fund is managed by the Davidson County Community College Foundation, Inc. Those...
Firm Recognized for Outstanding Employer Support of Guard and Reserve

Firm Recognized for Outstanding Employer Support of Guard and Reserve

Attorney David Inabinett and the law firm Brinkley Walser Stoner have been awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Patriot award for outstanding employer support of the Guard and Reserve. “The Guard and Reserve are important to our national security,” says David Inabinett, Managing Member of Brinkley Walser Stoner. “The men and women who serve our country should have the support of their managers and coworkers.” The award was presented by Thomas C. Tadlock, Jr. (pictured right), NC Committee, ESGR, and accepted by Inabinett (center) and Roy L. McDonald (left). McDonald is an attorney with Brinkley Walser Stoner and U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate with the 134th Legal Operations Detachment at Fort Bragg, NC. “David is a true patriot,” says McDonald, “and I am grateful that he and my co-workers support my military service. I encourage all employers to become familiar with the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and sign the ESGR Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve.” More information on the Statement of Support can be found at www.esgr.mil/Employers/Statement-of-Support.aspx. Brinkley Walser Stoner prides itself on providing new and cutting edge legal counsel built on a foundation of knowledge and integrity. Brinkley Walser Stoner’s attorneys are first and foremost counselors, advising clients on their legal rights and options for appropriate solutions. Practice areas include business law, real estate, litigation, elder law, estate planning, injury and disability, criminal defense, traffic and DWI, banking, family law, municipal, governmental, and education law, among others. Brinkley Walser Stoner is an AV rated firm by Martindale-Hubble®. The firm has offices at 10 LSB Plaza in Lexington and in the First Citizen’s...