Biz briefs 12/18

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 18, 2016

Groundhog job shadow day
The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Alliance encourages its members to host high school juniors at their businesses for students to learn more about careers of interest to them.
The alliance is seeking employers in all fields to participate as hosts on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
If you can host, please contact Charlene Deese at or 704-633-4221 ext 307 by Monday, Dec. 12.
Students will provide their own transportation. Hours for this half-day event to be set by host.
Tilley Harley-Davidson manager retires
Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury would like to extend best wishes to Janice Thompson, who has recently retired after 11 years of service as Human Resources and Accounts Payable manager.
Thompson is already greatly missed and will be impossible to replace. The Tilley Harley-Davidson Salisbury family has all been inspired by her passion for motorcycles as well as her dedication to employees and suppliers.
Shared memories of her exciting life stories and her wonderful sense of humor will be cherished. The company wishes Thompson well as she starts a new chapter relaxing and spending time with her family.
Kluttz Reamer attorney earns certification as criminal law specialist
Drew Cochran, an attorney with the Salisbury law firm Kluttz, Reamer, Hayes, Adkins & Carter, LLP, has earned certification as a specialist in the practice of criminal law from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

Certification indicates that the attorney has intentionally focused his legal practice to improve the proficiency and quality of his legal services and to stay current in the specialty field. Only 3.7 percent of attorneys achieve specialty certification, according to the North Carolina State Bar. In North Carolina, just over 1,000 attorneys have earned certified specialist status in a community of approximately 27,000 attorneys, the State Bar reported.

Cochran, who joined the Salisbury law firm in 2015, concentrates on federal and state court criminal defense. He also handles federal criminal appeals for Kluttz Reamer.

Before coming to Rowan County, he had more than nine years of experience as a prosecutor in the state courts of Forsyth County, the federal court for the Middle District of North Carolina and other district courts.

Specialization in criminal law requires meeting continuing education requirements, devoting 25 percent or more of practice time to the specialty and passing a six-hour exam in the specialty field. It also requires confirmation by the attorney’s peers that he has the qualifications to be board certified in the specialty. Re-certification is required by the board every five years.

Cochran is a 2006 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and a 2002 magna cum laude graduate of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich., with degrees in history and Spanish. Cochran is married with two children and previously served as head junior varsity baseball coach at RJ Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem.

He was employed by the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office for five years and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina for four years. At the D.A.’s Office, Cochran served as a Superior Court assistant district attorney for the Violent Crimes Division and the General Felony Division. As a special assistant United States attorney, Cochran was responsible for prosecuting gun and drug crimes coming out of Forsyth County. He also wrote briefs and argued to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.