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History

Poyner Spruill was formed January 1, 1986

The firm was formed by the merger of two of North Carolina's oldest and most respected law firms: Poyner, Geraghty, Hartsfield & Townsend of Raleigh and Spruill & Spruill of Rocky Mount and Raleigh.

The Poyner firm was established in Raleigh in 1946

James M. Poyner, Marshall B. Hartsfield and John J. Geraghty founded the Poyner firm. Newman A. Townsend, Jr. later became associated with the firm. It steadily expanded its civil practice in Raleigh, becoming the city's largest and most established corporate practice and achieving a significant reputation for expertise in tax law. Pictured from left to right: Nat Townsend, John Geraghty, Cornelia Trott with Lawyers Title, Marshall Hartsfield, NC Lawyers Title employee, and Jim Poyner. 

Spruill & Spruill traced its beginning to 1883

Frank S. Spruill established the firm in Henderson. Spruill moved the firm to Rocky Mount in 1907. In 1988, Mark B. Edwards and Richard E. Thigpen, Jr., then president of the North Carolina Bar Association, joined the firm and opened its office in Charlotte. In 2005, the Broughton & Broughton firm merged into Poyner Spruill, giving the firm an office in Southern Pines. And most recently, the firm changed its name from Poyner & Spruill LLP to Poyner Spruill LLP, effective October 10, 2008.

what's new at the firm

Poyner Spruill names new partner, welcomes three new attorneys to strengthen North Carolina practice

1/16/2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill LLP, a commercial law firm with offices across North Carolina, is pleased to announce the firm has named Emily Meeker a partner of the firm while also welcoming three new attorneys, one of whom is returning after serving in an in-house counsel role with a healthcare company.

Our Voices - Cultivating Leadership: An Intimate Discussion with Leaders in our Communities

1/14/2019

The Poyner Spruill Diversity Committee is celebrating Black History Month by hosting an intimate panel discussion with key leaders who have been successful in the legal field. The hour-long discussion will focus on how young minorities can navigate the legal industry and position themselves as leaders in their respective communities. Diversity is critical for an organization to be able to adapt in a fast-changing environment. The panel will shed light on the challenges of attaining meaningful diversity and create discussion and generate ideas on how to continue advancing diversity within the legal industry.

Eight attorneys earn distinction in Business North Carolina's 2019 Legal Elite

1/2/2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill LLP is proud to announce that eight attorneys received a total of nine recognitions as members of Business North Carolina’s 2019 class of Legal Elite. This included Keith Johnson becoming a member of the Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Environmental attorneys.

p.s. Lunch & Learn: How Certain Tax Changes Could Impact Your Personal Life

12/20/2018

The Tax Cuts and JOBS Act will affect divorce, estate planning, and much more. Join us to learn what you can do to mitigate the impact.

Poyner Spruill named a firm of the year winner in Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2018

12/13/2018

RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill is pleased to have earned recognition in the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2018 as the Administrative and Environmental Law Firm of the Year for the United States.

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