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Our capabilities in our chosen fields rival those of larger firms, but we do not see ourselves as a replacement for Big Law. We’re the alternative.

Our capabilities in our chosen fields rival those of larger firms, but we do not see ourselves as a replacement for Big Law. We’re the alternative.

How Big Thinking Led to a Smaller Firm

Our philosophy is simple – simple is our philosophy.
Wall Esleeck Babcock is a boutique business firm composed mostly of senior attorneys with extensive experience gained from practicing their areas of expertise at large firms. We’re here because we believe in the idea of removing the layers between ourselves and our clients.

Big Law relies on a pyramid – with a few partners directing the work of many associates with less experience. Ours is a different model – our pyramid is inverted. We offer the experience of Big Law, but with the convenience and accessibility of a smaller firm.

Meet Our Team

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John Babcock Partner

John has extensive experience in corporate, tax and securities law matters, mergers and acquisitions and commercial business transactions. John represents clients regarding all aspects of entity formation, debt and private equity financing, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial business transactions.

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Dennis Bailey Partner

J. Dennis Bailey has joined Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP as a partner. Dennis brings over 27 years of litigation experience to Wall Esleeck Babcock, most recently while serving as a partner at Carruthers & Bailey, P.A., a Winston-Salem-based firm that he started with Joseph Carruthers in 2001. He has handled and will continue to manage a broad range of

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Joseph Carruthers Partner

Joseph (Joe) T. Carruthers, III has joined Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP as a partner. Joe brings over 35 years of litigation experience to Wall Esleeck Babcock, most recently as a partner with Carruthers & Bailey, P.A., a Winston-Salem-based firm that he started with Dennis Bailey in 2001.

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Mike Drye Partner

Mike is a partner at Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP. His practice focuses on business transactions, corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract matters and general corporate law. Prior to joining Wall Esleeck Babcock, he was a partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Winston-Salem.

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Robert Esleeck Partner

Robert is a former partner with Kilpatrick Stockton LLP in Winston-Salem. He joined the predecessor firm of Kilpatrick Stockton in 1979 as an associate, became a partner six years later, and practiced with the firm for an additional sixteen years.

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Andy Fitzgerald Partner

Andrew (Andy) L. Fitzgerald is a partner at Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP. He is an experienced litigator with a background that covers fiduciary, commercial, insurance coverage, trucking accident, aviation accident, personal injury and product liability litigation matters. Before joining...

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Jim Wall Partner

Jim is a 1986 graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Karen Wilson Partner

Karen is a partner at Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP. Her practice focuses on estate planning, estate administration, corporate and tax law. She also is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining Wall Esleeck Babcock, Karen was a partner at Robinson & Lawing LLP in Winston-Salem.

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Matt York Partner

G. Mattern (Matt) York is a partner at Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate. Matt has been recognized as a member of the “Legal Elite” in Real Estate by Business North Carolina magazine (2005) and has been a guest lecturer on real estate law at the Kenan-Flagler Business School Real Estate Program.

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Hannah K. Albertson Associate

Hannah K. Albertson is an attorney with Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP. Hannah’s practice focuses on a variety of litigation matters, including insurance coverage, products liability, construction, professional liability, ERISA, personal injury and transportation litigation. She has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts in both North Carolina and Virginia. Hannah is currently licensed to practice in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York. A native of Winston-Salem, Hannah received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Prior to joining Wall...

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Jessica Burr Associate

Jessica Burr focuses her practice on commercial real estate and corporate law. Prior to joining Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP, Jessica was an attorney with Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jessica has experience representing developers, financial institutions and corporate clients in commercial real estate transactions, including development projects, real estate investments and dispositions and leasing. Jessica also has experience in business and corporate law matters, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions and general governance matters. Her practice experience includes representing: • A Triad developer in the disposition of real estate portfolio • A community bank in the...

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Meg Shipley Associate

Margaret (Meg) S. Shipley is an associate attorney with Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP with a practice focused on litigation. Prior to joining Wall Esleeck Babcock, Meg was an associate attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Raleigh, an employment law firm. A native of Houston, Texas, Meg received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.  She completed her law degree at Wake Forest University.  She and her husband, John, live in Winston-Salem and are members of Centenary United Methodist Church.  

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Greer Taylor Associate

Greer B. Taylor is an associate attorney at the law firm of Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP with a practice focused on litigation. Prior to joining Wall Esleeck Babcock, Greer served as a law clerk to The Honorable Samuel G. Wilson, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia...

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