Fred Berry, a certified mediator, is a partner in the Greensboro
firm of Barron and Berry. He obtained his undergraduate
degree in economics 1978 from Wake Forest University and
his law degree in 1981 from the Wake Forest University School
of Law. Mr. Berry represents plaintiffs and defendants in
the state and federal courts throughout North Carolina,
his practice being primarily limited to complex personal
injury litigation. He is active in the community and serves
on the Stokesdale Planning Board, the boards of the Greensboro
YMCA and Bethany Charter Middle School and is a member of
Summit Rotary Club. He is a native of Greensboro and he
and his wife have three children.
Jim Exum, Jr
AB, 1957, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Morehead Scholar; President,
Phi Beta Kappa; Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. LLB, 1960, New York University
School of Law: Root-Tilden Scholar, Benjamin F. Butler Award.
Admitted to practice in North Carolina, 1960. Law Clerk, Associate Justice Emery Denny,
North Carolina Supreme Court, 1960-61. Attorney, Smith Moore Smith Schell & Hunter,
Greensboro, North Carolina, 1961-67.
Member, North Carolina House of Representatives, 1967.
Resident Superior Court Judge, 1967-1974. Associate Justice, North Carolina
Supreme Court, 1974-86; Chief Justice, 1986-94; Retired, 31 December 1994.
Smith Moore, of counsel, 1996 - present: Practice areas--appellate litigation
and alternative dispute resolution.
American Bar Association: Member, House of Delegates (1993-96); Criminal
Justice Section Council (1993-96). Former Chair, Criminal Justice Standards
Committee; Committee on Ethical Considerations in the Prosecution and Defense of
North Carolina Bar Association: Council, Constitutional Rights and
Responsibilities Section, 1996-99 Council, ADR Section, 1996-99; Former
Vice-Chair, Board of Governors. Former Vice-Chair, Commission on Alternative
Conference of Chief Justices: Board of Directors, 1990-92; Chair, Committee on
Resolutions, 1989-92. Chair, Committee on Tribal-State Court Jurisdiction,
University of North Carolina General Alumni Association: President, 1986-87;
General Counsel, 1998-2001.
Adjunct Faculty, UNC-CH School of Law, 1979-85; 1995-97; Instructor, Duke
University School of Law, 1995-97.
Vestry, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro, 1995-97.
Board of Directors: Fair Trial Institute; Sustainable North Carolina;
Paul Green Foundation.
Recipient: UNC-CH Trustees' William R. Davie Award, 1990; UNC-CH General
Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award, 1991; NYU School of Law's
Alumni Achievement Award, 1992; UNC-CH Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1992;
The American Judicature Society's Herbert Harley Award, 1966. North Carolina
Bar Association's Judge John J. Parker Award, 1997.
Member: American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; International Society of
Barristers; American, North Carolina, and Greensboro Bar Associations.
Henry E. Frye
Born in Ellerbe, Richmond County, August 1, 1932, to Walter A. and Pearl (Motley)
Frye (both deceased).
Mineral Springs School; North Carolina A & T State University, 1953, B.S.;
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, 1959, J.D. with honors.
Chief Justice, N.C. Supreme Court, 1999-January 1, 2001; Associate Justice, N.C.
Supreme Court, 1983-1999 (appointed, February, 1983 to replace J. Phil Carlton;
elected, 1984); practicing attorney, 1959-1963, 1967-1983; former professor, N.C.
Central University Law School, 1965-1967; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District
of North Carolina, 1963-1965.
Greensboro Bar Association; N.C. Bar Association; American Bar Association;
National Bar Association; Kappa Alpha PSI; American Judicature Society, Vice
President, 1991-93, Board of Directors Chair, 1995-96.
Boards and Commissions
Board of Directors, N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1973-1983; Board of
Directors, Greensboro National Bank, 1971-1983 (President, 1971-81).
Member, N.C. Senate, 1981-82; Member, N.C. House of Representatives, 1969-80.
U.S. Air Force, 1953-1955 (Captain)
Honors and Awards
Alumni Excellence Award, North Carolina A&T State University, 1972; Doctor of Laws,
Shaw University, 1971, N.C. A&T State University, 1983; Charles D. McIver Medal,
UNC-Greensboro, 1986; Distinguished Alumnus Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1986; Lawyer of
the Year, N.C. Association of Black Lawyers, 1988; Appellate Judges Award, N.C.
Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1989; Brotherhood Award, National Conference of
Christians and Jews, 1991; Greensboro Business Leaders Hall of Fame, Jr.
Achievement of Central N.C., 1991.
Married, Edith Shirley Taylor, August 25, 1956. Children: Henry Eric and Harlan
Elbert; Member, Providence Baptist Church, Greensboro; Deacon; former Sunday
Kenneth J. Gumbiner
Mr. Gumbiner is a graduate engineer and is a partner at
the law firm of Tuggle, Duggins & Meschan, P.A. in Greensboro,
North Carolina. His practice includes complex case litigation
in both state and federal courts throughout the country.
Earlier in his career, he was Group Vice President and General
Counsel for three related engineering and construction firms
and was a partner in a Chicago law firm. Throughout his
career, he has served as an advocate or neutral in mediations,
arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
He has mediated or arbitrated over three hundred cases.
Mr. Gumbiner's mediation practice includes a broad range of subject matter areas
including commercial and business, intellectual property, product liability,
personal injury and property damage, employment, environmental and construction
Mr. Gumbiner is a North Carolina Superior Court Certified Mediator and has helped
train mediators as a Trainer with Dispute Management, Inc. and the Private
Adjudication Center. Mr. Gumbiner is active in North Carolina state initiatives
in ADR and is past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina
Bar Association. In 2002, he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North
Carolina Supreme Court to serve on the North Carolina Dispute Resolution
Commission and was reappointed in 2004. Mr. Gumbiner speaks and writes on the
subject of ADR and is a chapter contributor to the American Bar Association book,
"Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Litigator's Handbook."
Mr. Gumbiner received his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University
in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1971.
Neal Hunter, JR.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of
Arts, 1969, Willie P. Magnum Award University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1973
Certified Mediator, State of North Carolina, 1992.
Appointed and selected in over fifty (50) mediations for
state and federal court.
Certified District Court Arbitrator, State of North
Carolina (1995 to present)
Chairman, North Carolina State Board of Elections,
sitting as a quasi-judicial official hearing election law
issue disputes (1985 to 1989).
Guilford County Public Administrator (including Greensboro
and High Point, North Carolina). Responsibility included
administration of private estates in which family conflicts
or breach of fiduciary duties has prevented successful completion
of estate administration; successfully administered approximately
200 estates with a total combined value of approximately
$7 million (1981 to 1995)
President of and General Counsel to New River Gorge
Corporation providing extensive real estate and government
Partner - Hunter, Higgins, Miles, Elam & Benjamin, PLLC
(Sept., 2002 to Present.)
Special Counsel to Connecticut Republican Senate Caucus
Hunter, Elam, Benjamin & Tomlin, PLLC (Sept., 1999
to Aug., 2002)
Robert N. Hunter, PLLC, Greensboro, North Carolina
(Aug., 1996 to Sept., 1999)
Partner - Patton, Boggs, LLP, Greensboro, North Carolina
(May, 1989 to Aug., 1996)
Partner - Hunter, Hodgman, Cooke, Elam & Gordon,
Greensboro, North Carolina (1975 to 1989)
Deputy Attorney General for the State of North Carolina
- second in command in the Department of Justice for Attorney
General Jim Carson; overall supervision of Department of
Instructor in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
School of Business
Administration, Graduate Division, in business law
(1974 to 1980)
In-house legal advisor for the Department of Natural
and Economic Resources, including the North Carolina
State Department of Parks (1972 to 1974)
Substitute Trustee for Farmers' Home Administration
in North Carolina for twenty-two (22) counties; conducted
approximately fifty (50) foreclosure proceedings (1986 to
*Experience directly with Redistricting Litigation.
More than twenty-five (25) jury trials in District and Superior
Professional Organizations and Awards:
A.V. : "highest" rating by Martindale Hubble
Bar Register of PreEminent Attorneys 2000 and 2001
1995 Lincoln Award: The Lincoln Forum
1987-88 "Boss of the Year": Greensboro Legal Secretaries
North Carolina Bar Association: Member - real property
law, estate law, constitutional law and dispute resolution
Greensboro Bar Association: Member - public contract,
real property, and probate sections
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers: Member
Leadership Greensboro alumni Association: Class of
American Inns of Court, Justice Joseph Branch Inn of
Court: Master of the Bench
Direct and Cross Examination Chapters, Civil Trial Manual
for North Carolina, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co. (publication
Racial Gerrymandering and the Voting Rights Act in North
Carolina, 9 Campbell L.R. 255-91 (1978)
United States Supreme Court
North Carolina Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern
Districts of North Carolina
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Peeples is Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of
Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Professor Peeples teaches courses
in dispute resolution, business organizations, and torts. He received
his undergraduate degree in 1973 from Davidson College, and his
law degree in 1976 from New York University. Prior to joining the
faculty at Wake Forest in 1979, he was an associate attorney with
the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor
Peeples has taught mediation and negotiation at Wake Forest since
1987. He has also been a trainer for various mediation and arbitration
programs in North Carolina. He is a certified mediator for the NC
Superior Court mediated settlement conference program, and presently
serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the newly
created State Judicial Council.
James R. Turner is an attorney mediator with 14 years
of experience in successfully mediating several hundred
cases. He is licensed by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution
Commission and regularly receives assignments from attorneys,
Superior Court Judges, the United States Postal Service
and the North Carolina Industrial Commission. He also
mediates cases pending before the United States Court
for the Middle District of North Carolina and the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission.
James R. Turner has handled mediation cases that have
included matters such as the following:
- First Amendment Law
- Patents and Trade Secrets
- Corporate Control Fights
- Neighborhood Dispute over Construction
- Sale of Medical Practice
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