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Fred Berry

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.

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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 Criminal Cases.

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 Dispute Resolution.

Conference of Chief Justices: Board of Directors, 1990-92; Chair, Committee on Resolutions, 1989-92. Chair, Committee on Tribal-State Court Jurisdiction, 1990-94.

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.

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Henry E. Frye

Early Years

Born in Ellerbe, Richmond County, August 1, 1932, to Walter A. and Pearl (Motley) Frye (both deceased).

Educational Background

Mineral Springs School; North Carolina A & T State University, 1953, B.S.; UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, 1959, J.D. with honors.

Professional Background

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).

Political Activities

Member, N.C. Senate, 1981-82; Member, N.C. House of Representatives, 1969-80.

Military Service

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.

Personal Information

Married, Edith Shirley Taylor, August 25, 1956. Children: Henry Eric and Harlan Elbert; Member, Providence Baptist Church, Greensboro; Deacon; former Sunday School Teacher

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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 disputes.

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.

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Robert 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 contract background.
Partner - Hunter, Higgins, Miles, Elam & Benjamin, PLLC (Sept., 2002 to Present.)
Special Counsel to Connecticut Republican Senate Caucus (2000)
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 Justice (1974)
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 1987)

Litigation Experience:
*Experience directly with Redistricting Litigation.
More than twenty-five (25) jury trials in District and Superior Court

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 Association
North Carolina Bar Association: Member - real property law, estate law, constitutional law and dispute resolution law sections
Greensboro Bar Association: Member - public contract, real property, and probate sections
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers: Member
Leadership Greensboro alumni Association: Class of 1984
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 pending)
Racial Gerrymandering and the Voting Rights Act in North Carolina, 9 Campbell L.R. 255-91 (1978)

Admitted to Practice:
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

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Professor Ralph Peeples

Ralph 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.

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James Turner

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:

  • Fraud
  • First Amendment Law
  • Patents and Trade Secrets
  • Corporate Control Fights
  • Neighborhood Dispute over Construction
  • Sale of Medical Practice

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