We are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Russell and Mary Aiken Barrow have earned board certification as Family Law Specialists in late 2018 and that Mary Aiken has become a partner.
Mary Aiken Barrow is a Raleigh native and Broughton graduate. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Upon receipt of her law degree from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012, she joined Tharrington Smith. She became a partner in the firm on January 1, 2019.
Jeffrey R. Russell, a Western North Carolina native, earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in 1999. He graduated magna cum laude from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 2012. Following clerkship with the Honorable John C. Martin, Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, he joined Tharrington Smith in 2013.
Board Certification is a comprehensive effort that requires years of commitment. Applicants must be licensed and in good standing, substantially involved in the practice area for a minimum of five years, and must attend a certain number of continuing legal education credits in the specialty area during the three years prior to application. A satisfactory showing of qualification in the specialty through judicial and peer review must be made and the applicant must achieve a satisfactory score on a written examination. The certification of lawyers as specialists according to objective criteria fulfills the mission of the North Carolina State Bar to protect the public by providing truthful, relevant, and reliable information to consumers of legal services. Certifications help clients identify lawyers who are skilled and experienced in a specific area of practice.