Patterson Harkavy attorneys Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh, with co-counsel Spencer Parris and Chris Olson, recently obtained settlements totaling more than $12,000,000 for two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. In 1992, Greg Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. After Taylor served 17 years in prison,
Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith have submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in The Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association et. al. v. Brunswick County. The Plaintiffs are represented in part by the UNC Center for Civil Rights. The Plaintiffs advocate the interests of the residents of Royal Oak, a
Paul E. Smith has joined Patterson Harkavy as an associate attorney. Paul is a native of Kinston, North Carolina. He received his B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2012, where he was a Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan Fellow and a James Kent Scholar. Prior to attending law school,
On October 7, Hank Patterson received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. Hank received the award at the organization’s annual convention in West Palm Beach, Florida, in recognition of his more than 35 years of tireless advocacy for workers’ rights and workplace safety. Hank has long been active
Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh have submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice in North Carolina v. Marcus Reymond Robinson. The case addresses the first instance of a North Carolina death row inmate having his death sentence reduced to life in prison under the North Carolina Racial Justice Act.
On September 14, Burton was elected to serve a two year term as Vice-Chair of the Commission on Indigent Defense Services. The 13-member Commission was created by the Indigent Defense Services Act of 2000, and acts as the governing body of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services. The Office of Indigent Defense Services oversees
The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in favor of one of the firm’s clients in an appeal brought by the defendants. In Rawls v. Yellow Roadway Corporation, the Full Commission awarded Veran Rawls ongoing total disability compensation since his 2005 truck accident. Defendants argued that the Full Commission had erred in several findings of fact,
Hank Patterson and Narendra Ghosh will present a paper they co-wrote at the upcoming 18th Annual Workplace Torts & Workers’ Comp CLE, which is put on by the NCAJ and will be held at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill on Friday December 2, 2011. Their paper is entitled “Future Medical Treatment: Substance and Procedure