Parker Poe Announces New Partners for 2022

Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce the election of six new partners for 2022. Alonzo Llorens in Atlanta, Will DesChamps in Charleston, Katie Iams and Tory Summey in Charlotte, Amy Flanary-Smith in Columbia, and Merrick Parrott in Raleigh were voted into the firm’s partnership.

Alonzo Llorens has substantial experience in corporate law and represents clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He focuses his corporate practice on capital markets and finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, corporate governance, and minority business enterprise (MBE) certification and transactions. He also has significant experience advising sports and entertainment clients with respect to their corporate needs.

Will DesChamps concentrates his practice on construction and commercial litigation. Will advises homebuilders, developers, general contractors, and owners on a variety of their construction and contract needs. He focuses his practice on complex construction defect litigation, as well as mechanics’ lien and contract disputes, typically involving multifamily and single-family residential dwellings or large commercial properties.

Katie Iams represents business and professional clients in all phases of federal and state court litigation, with a particular focus on real estate litigation and eminent domain proceedings. Her experience includes managing large eminent domain projects, advising developers in land use disputes, and advising clients regarding lease and development disputes, appraisal issues, and other areas of commercial real estate litigation.

Tory Summey focuses on employment counseling and litigation. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Tory has been a leader at Parker Poe in monitoring the dizzying legal changes facing employers and helping clients to react and adjust to these new challenges. As a litigator, he has experience at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts, including the N.C. Business Court, the N.C. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Amy Flanary-Smith is an experienced health care law advisor, litigator, and teacher. Amy has served in several interim operations counsel roles for clients needing seasoned, pragmatic counsel for multiple hospitals. Her practice focuses on operational compliance and enterprise effectiveness, and she is particularly skilled in forging relationships with leadership teams working in fast-paced clinical settings.

Merrick Parrott focuses on renewable energy, assisting solar, wind, and other renewable developers with the full scope of their legal needs. Merrick represents energy clients before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, helps developers navigate local land use regulations, and counsels on the acquisition, sale, financing, and permitting of renewable energy facilities across the Southeast. She has advised on renewable portfolios ranging in value from $10 million to $200 million.

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has more than 250 lawyers in eight offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. The firm provides legal counsel to many of the largest companies and local governments in the Southeast.

Parker Poe is a member of two leading international legal networks: TerraLex and the Employment Law Alliance. TerraLex and the ELA have chosen Parker Poe to help guide clients through the challenges of global business.


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