Biz briefs 1/22

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 22, 2017

Woodson law firm announces new partner

Attorney J. Graham Corriher has been named a partner in the law firm of Woodson, Sayers, Lawther, Short, Parrott & Abramson LLP.

Corriher is a native of Rowan County and was raised on his family’s farm in China Grove. He graduated from South Rowan High School in 2003, where he was named to the All-Rowan County and All-Central Piedmont Conference basketball teams his senior year.

Corriher earned his bachelor’s degree in history summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2007 and a law degree cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2012.

While in law school, Corriher was a Chancellor’s Scholar (formerly part of the Morehead Scholarship program); president of the Broun National Trial Team; and Articles & Notes editor and a published staff member of the First Amendment Law Review.

Before enrolling in law school, Corriher taught social studies and coached basketball at North Rowan High School and spent his summers in New York working at the New York Historical Society.

Before joining the Woodson law firm, Corriher practiced law concentrating in education at Tharrington Smith LLP in Raleigh, where he represented public school boards. He also practiced at the Salisbury firm of Koontz & Smith.

Corriher has been an associate with the Woodson law firm since 2015. His practice areas include civil and criminal litigation, education law, municipal law, real property law, employment law, contracts and veteran’s benefits.

Corriher is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

He lives in Salisbury with his wife, Danielle, and children, Ruby and John Graham Jr. He attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and is a member of the board of directors of Rowan County United Way, Rowan Museum and Salisbury Rotary Club.

Realtors group inducts 2017 officers

The Salisbury/Rowan Association of Realtors inducted its 2017 slate of officers and directors at its January meeting.

They are: Rob Bean, president; Mary Arey, president-elect; Daniel Almazon, secretary; Cindy Ehrman, treasurer; and Monica Poole, immediate past president. Directors are John “Tom” Bost, Molly Miniea, Victor Poplin and Dan Waggoner.

Also at the meeting, the association announced that members donated $700 to Communities in Schools at its holiday meeting, while also collecting canned goods for Rowan Helping Ministries’ pantry.

China Grove official named to credit union council

David Ketner, public works director for the town of China Grove, has been named to the Central Piedmont Advisory Council by Local Government Federal Credit Union.

The council covers Alexander, Iredell, Rowan, Cabarrus and Davie counties.

Ketner will be part of the credit union’s volunteer-driven initiative, which is designed to educate people about the benefits of credit union membership and to relay feedback to the board of directors on available or potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs.

Advisory council members, who are not paid for their time, serve as liaisons between credit union members and nonmembers and the credit union management.