North Carolina – March 19, 2019. Hedrick Gardner is pleased to announce the recent addition of six associates. ”We look forward to the benefit that these new attorneys will bring to our clients,” said Hedrick Gardner managing partner Paul Lawrence. “I am confident they will be a great asset to clients and we are excited about their future with the firm.”

Emily Poe joined the workers’ compensation team in the Charlotte office. Prior to joining the firm, Emily practiced financial services litigation at McGuireWoods and served in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. She is a graduate of the Tulane University Law School.

Taylor Simmons practices with the firm’s workers’ compensation team in Charlotte. He graduated from the Campbell University School of Law in the top 9% of his class. During law school, Taylor served as founding president of the school’s chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Kari Loomer joined the Charlotte office as a member of the civil litigation practice. She is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Kari practiced law in Colorado.

Eric Schaefer joined the civil litigation team in the Charlotte office. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an in-house litigation attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School.

Michele Livingstone joined the workers’ compensation team in Raleigh. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at another litigation firm focusing her practice on complex labor and employment disputes. She graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Charlie Vail is the newest member of the workers’ compensation team in Raleigh. He graduated from the North Carolina Central School of Law in the top 15% of his class. During law school, he served as staff editor and senior editor of the school’s Law Review.

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