02.01.2011 Williams Mullen Announces the Election of Nine New Shareholders Richmond, Virginia - Williams Mullen announces that Earl Baggett (Richmond, Va), Gray Broughton (Richmond, Va), Heath Galloway (Richmond, Va), Beth Hungate-Noland (Richmond, Va), Harold Johnson (Richmond, Va), Larry Parker (Richmond, Va), Sean Sullivan (Raleigh, NC), Greg Stephens (Research Triangle Park, NC), and Robert Travers (Virginia Beach, Va), have been elected shareholders of the firm.
“Williams Mullen continues to bring talent and experience into our partner ranks and this year is no exception” said Thomas R. Frantz, CEO of the firm. “Earl, Gray, Heath, Beth, Hal, Larry, Sean, Greg, and Robert are highly talented lawyers who provide the best in legal experience and client service. I am very pleased to welcome them as shareholders.”
Earl Baggett focuses his practice on general labor and employment law and employment litigation. He counsels employers in connection with Title VII compliance, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and various other federal and state laws. Mr. Baggett and the Labor & Employment team regularly provide ongoing counseling in all areas of human resource management, including employment agreements, employment handbooks, covenants not to compete, personnel practices and I-9 compliance issues. Mr. Baggett also practices business immigration law, advising clients in connection with their business and individual immigration matters. He assists clients with the cross-border movement of personnel and staffing needs. He is experienced in assisting his clients with obtaining nonimmigrant visas, such as H-1Bs, L-1s, E-2s, etc., as well as assisting his clients in obtaining U.S. permanent residence through employment or through family relationships. In addition, Mr. Baggett’s combined business, employment and immigration experience enable him to represent non-U.S. clients with the planning and implementation of their inbound investment activities throughout the United States. Mr. Baggett is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American and Richmond bar associations. He is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association and as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Baggett received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry, cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He received his master of science degree in forensic chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Baggett served as a member of the Moot Court Board and as an editorial board member of the University of Richmond Law Review.
Gray Broughton focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Broughton has experience handling immigration matters and defending product liability claims. As a part of his white collar criminal practice, Mr. Broughton regularly defends clients in felony cases in both state and federal court. Mr. Broughton assists businesses and individuals subpoenaed or under investigation by state and federal agencies, including ATF, DEA, Homeland Security, FBI, HHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, IRS, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Broughton has extensive trial and motions practice experience, having tried dozens of jury trials to verdict. Before joining Williams Mullen in 2006, Mr. Broughton served four and one-half years as an attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, leaving the service as a captain. Mr. Broughton was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Richmond Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the John Marshall Inn of Court. Mr. Broughton’s involvement in the local community includes serving as local chapter president for the Alumni Association of Davidson College and as a member of the President’s Council for the Richmond Sports Backers. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Davidson College in 1998 and his juris doctor degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 2001.
Heath Galloway regularly counsels employers on a wide variety of state and federal laws applicable to the employment relationship. Mr. Galloway’s experience includes representing and counseling clients in regards to: the National Labor Relations Act; OSHA Regulations and Compliance; Restrictive Covenants; individual and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; Title VII; ERISA; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, where he is a member of the Young Lawyers Division and serves on the council of the Labor & Employment Section, and the Richmond Bar Association, where is a member of the Labor & Employment Section, the Young Lawyers Division and the Pro Bono Committee. In addition, Mr. Galloway is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Society for Human Resource Managers. Active in the community, Mr. Galloway is a member of the Richmond Chapter of the Washington & Lee Alumni Association and serves on the board of directors for Read to Them. Mr. Galloway received his bachelor of arts degree from Washington and Lee University. He received his juris doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee School of Law, where he was awarded the Washington and Lee Merit Scholarship. While in law school, Mr. Galloway was a member of the editorial board for the Washington and Lee Law Review and the Order of the Coif.
Beth Hungate-Noland's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general business matters with a specialization in the senior housing industry. She has assisted clients in such areas as asset and stock acquisitions and dispositions, public and private mergers, joint ventures, private equity financing and secured lending. Beth is also experienced with complex corporate reorganizations and restructurings. Beth is a member of the Virginia State Bar, where she is a member of the Young Lawyers Conference and served as co-chair of the Women and Minorities in the Profession Commission and chair of the Bench-Bar Dinner. She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, where she is a member of the Young Lawyers Division and served as co-chair of Lawyers for the Arts. Beth is also a member of the American Health Lawyers and the Richmond Bar associations. Beth received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Roanoke College and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She received her juris doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was the senior notes and comments editor of the University of Richmond Law Review.
Harold Johnson has substantial experience litigating various types of cases in both state and federal courts. His practice focuses on matters related to insurance coverage and disputes between insurers and their insureds. He has also defended numerous individuals and businesses in personal injury and casualty claims, as well as various commercial disputes. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and the Defense Research Institute. Civically, he is an active supporter of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He is listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite.” Mr. Johnson received his bachelor of arts degree with distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Larry Parker focuses his practice primarily on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures involving public and private companies and strategic and financial buyers and sellers. In addition, Mr. Parker provides general business counsel, and counsel on corporate governance, private debt and equity financing and other complex commercial contracts. Mr. Parker also advises businesses, business owners, family businesses and investors on the organization and use of joint ventures, limited liability companies, Subchapter S corporations and partnerships. Mr. Parker provides transactional assistance, primarily in mergers and acquisitions, and compliance advice to public and privately held clients in the insurance and financial services industries including community banks. Mr. Parker also provides compliance advice and assistance to registered investment advisors and broker-dealers. In addition, he provides counsel to manufacturing and distribution companies on significant sales, distribution and manufacturing agreements. Mr. Parker is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association. Mr. Parker is a member of the Innsbrook Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors for the Venture Forum. Before joining Williams Mullen, Mr. Parker was a logistics officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Mr. Parker received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia. He received his juris doctor and master of business administration degrees from the University of Richmond, where he was a member of the McNeill Law Society and editor-in-chief of the University of Richmond Law Review.
Sean Sullivan practices in the firm's environmental section. His practice involves auditing and compliance counseling regarding all of the major federal environmental statutes, due diligence and permit transfers for corporate transactions, and judicial review of federal agency actions and rulemakings. Mr. Sullivan also represents clients involved in toxic tort litigation as well as CERCLA information requests, response actions, and cost recovery actions. Mr. Sullivan is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Section on Natural Resources and Environment of the American Bar Association and serves as vice-chair of the ABA’s Committee on Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right to Know. In addition, Mr. Sullivan is active in the Florida State Society and serves as vice president of the D.C. Canes (the University of Miami Alumni Association). Mr. Sullivan received his juris doctor, cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2001. While in law school, Mr. Sullivan served as recent developments editor of the Administrative Law Review and assistant director of the Moot Court Board. He was a dean’s fellow of the National Equal Justice Library and a judicial intern to the Honorable Joan Zeldon of the D.C. Superior Court. Mr. Sullivan received his bachelor of science degree in environmental science, with honors, from the University of Miami in 1998.
Greg Stephens practices intellectual property law with a focus on patent prosecution. He has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications for Fortune 500 companies in the Research Triangle Park, N.C. area, technology start-up companies in Princeton, N.J., and major research universities like the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, North Carolina State University, Duke University and Rutgers University. Some technologies Mr. Stephens has worked with include computer hardware and software systems such as mobile telecommunication networks and mobile phones, IP telephony infrastructure, RF transponder systems, software control systems, consumer electronics, network interface drivers, image analysis/pattern recognition, and Smart Cards. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Stephens worked as a U.S. patent examiner within Electrical Communications Group 2600. Mr. Stephens is a member of the North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania state bars, as well as registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA). He also volunteers his time with the North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program, serving on the group's steering committee. Mr. Stephens earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1988 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, afterwards working for General Electric as an electrical engineer until 1991. He earned his juris doctor degree in 1994 from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, N.J.
Robert Travers practices in the Litigation Section at Williams Mullen. He focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Travers also represents private individuals, insurance companies and the local transit authority, in matters related to casualty claims. In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Travers has extensive experience representing clients in administrative hearings, arbitration proceedings, and mediations. Mr. Travers is admitted to practice before the state courts of Virginia and North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia. Mr. Travers received his bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State University, 1999 and earned his juris doctor degree in 2003 from Wake Forest University School of Law.