Robinson Bradshaw Names Five New Shareholders



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Jan. 2, 2014

Robinson Bradshaw, one of the Carolinas’ leading corporate and commercial law firms, has named five new shareholders. The shareholders, who were previously associate attorneys at the firm, are Nicholas G. Allmon, Nathan C. Chase Jr., Matthew B. Efird, Pearlynn G. Houck and Brandon M. Lofton.

Allmon’s practice includes the areas of private equity finance and investment transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. His experience includes representing private equity groups and companies in acquisitions and dispositions and representing private equity groups, financial investors and other lenders in complex investment and financing transactions at each level of a company's capital structure, including senior secured debt financing, mezzanine debt financing, and common and preferred equity investment transactions.

Allmon earned his law degree magna cum laude from Wake Forest University and his Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee.

Chase’s litigation practice focuses on complex business disputes. He has extensive experience in antitrust matters, including defending clients in nationwide antitrust class actions, representing clients in connection with antitrust investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, and counseling clients with respect to antitrust issues raised by contractual relationships. He also has a wide range of experience in other complex litigation matters and has significant experience with e-discovery issues. Prior to joining Robinson Bradshaw, Chase was an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Palo Alto, California.

Chase received his law degree from Stanford University. He earned his Master of Arts magna cum laude and his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude from University of Alabama.

Efird practices with the firm’s corporate group and works on a variety of corporate transactions, with a particular focus on sports and entertainment law, private fund formations, private investments, general advising of start-ups and small to medium sized businesses, licensing of intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions. He has substantial experience representing teams, drivers, sponsors and agents in NASCAR and other motorsports series, including in connection with the negotiation, drafting and interpretation of driver agreements, sponsorship agreements, personal services and endorsement agreements, license agreements, and car and engine lease and servicing agreements.

Efird earned his law degree cum laude from Wake Forest University and his Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from North Carolina State University.

Houck practices in the area of corporate and commercial litigation, focusing on complex business disputes, employment and labor law, tort and products liability, and construction litigation. She has experience in matters involving fraud, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, financial products, loan syndications, breach of warranties, professional negligence and general business disputes, as well as various employment issues such as covenants not to compete, severance agreements, wage and hour claims, and employment discrimination claims. Houck also has extensive experience with electronic discovery issues in complex business disputes and government investigations, including managing the preservation, collection, negotiation, review and production of such documents.

Houck earned her law degree from Harvard Law School and her Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the University of Montana.

Lofton practices in the area of public finance and regularly serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and borrower’s counsel. His clients include municipalities, counties, hospitals, universities, nonprofits and underwriters in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds. He represents clients in a variety of public finance transactions, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, installment financings and limited obligation bonds. Prior to joining Robinson Bradshaw, Lofton was an attorney at Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham and Sumter, P.A.

Lofton earned his law degree from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

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