This annual issue recognizes 14 top attorneys chosen by their peers for their outstanding work in different fields of law. With every issue, we look for a creative way to portray this elite group of counselors. Inspired by our chalk art success creating the cover art for the UNC Law School magazine, I worked closely with Business North Carolina’s  Art Director Jim Denk to come up with simple sketch art that might illustrate each attorney’s field of law. My plan was to draw the art on concrete in advance of each portrait. Jim kept these sketches very simple, thankfully. I got better with each attempt and better chalk. Not all chalk is equal. If you want rich colors, it’s better to work with real artist chalk which we sourced from Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh. All of the attorneys were extremely cooperative coordinating a color in their outfit with the chalk art color I chose. My apologies to Mike Colombo of Greenville for the awful nest I drew outside his office, it lacked finesse and punchy color. Mike, you were great and looked great but that nest was my weakest. That was my second sketch. I got better when I found better chalk. Photography by Steve Exum of Exum Photography. For more information please pick up a copy of the January 2015 issue of Business N.C. Magazine or check out


Here is the list of the attorneys, their field of law and the law firm.

Robert K. Corbett, III, Criminal Defense with Halrold Cogdell from Charlotte

Nicole Gardner, Employment Law with Gardner Skelton PLLC from Charlotte

Garry Rice, Environmental Law with Duke Energy from Charlotte

Alvaro De la Calle, Young Gun with Calle Law from Greensboro

Santiago M. Estrada, Corporate Law with Quintiles from Durham

Holly H. Alderman, Real Estate Law with Schell Bray PLLC from Chapel Hill

Pressly M. Millen, Antitrust Law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP from Raleigh

Robert “Bob”A. Meynardie,Construction Law with Meynardie & Nanney PLLC from Raleigh

Kimberly Bryan, Family Law with Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC from Raleigh

Sarah E. Nagae, Intellectual Property Law  with The Nagae Law Firm PLLC from Raleigh

Jonathan D. Sasser, Litigation, with Ellis & Winters LLP from Raleigh

James S. “Charlie” Livermon, III, Bankruptcy Law with Poyner Spruill LLP from Rocky Mount

Charles Baldwin, IV Business, Law with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP from Wilmington

Michael A. Colombo, Tax and Estate Planning with Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball & Porter LLP from Greenville