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Attorneys Named to Legal Elite

Four attorneys from Law Firm Carolinas have been named by Business North Carolina Magazine to its 2023 Legal Elite list: Carole Albright for Family Law, Andrew Brower for Tax & Estate Planning Law, Nancy Guyton for Real Estate Law, and Emily Meister for Business Law. The Legal Elite recognition identifies best attorneys in various fields as selected by fellow lawyers.

Wilson Elected Chair of SC Legislative Action Committee

Law Firm Carolinas Partner David Wilson has been elected Chair of the South Carolina Legislative Action Committee (SC LAC). The SC LAC is a committee of the Community Associations Institute that monitors and influences legislation that impacts community associations, and its members talk with legislators on issues of concern to HOAs and condos.

For more information on the activities of the SC LAC, visit the South Carolina Legislative Action Committee page

Adam Marshall Named Partner at Law Firm Carolinas

Attorney Adam Marshal has been named a partner at Law Firm Carolinas, which has six offices throughout North and South Carolina. His practice includes community association (HOA and condo) law as well as land use, zoning and planning issues before the Board of Adjustment and Zoning Commission.

Fast 50 Recognition

Black, Slaughter & Black was recognized last night with a “Fast 50 Award” from The Triad Business Journal, which recognizes the 50 fastest growing businesses in the Triad. Pictured are three partners who attended the ceremony at High Point University (l-r: Jim Slaughter, Keith Black, and Emily Meister).

Attorneys recognized for their Pro Bono Work

Congratulations to our firm attorneys that made the 2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society list--Emily Meister, Jennifer Ruby, Jim Slaughter and Harmony Taylor. 2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society List

Jim Slaughter Recognized for Pro Bono Service

Attorney Jim Slaughter was recently recognized by the Greensboro Bar Association for his pro bono work by being named to the Herb Falk Society. The Herb Falk Society honors Bar members who have performed 75 hours or more of pro bono service hours during the year, which includes free or reduced legal services to clients and activities to improve the legal profession. This is Jim’s 7th year of recognition. His is pictured here with Judge Teresa Vincent, 2019 President of the Greensboro Bar Association.

Community Association Law Day – Charlotte, NC – Friday, March 22

Several Black, Slaughter & Black attorneys will be speaking at the upcoming Community Association Law Day in Charlotte, NC, including:

  • Who’s Going to Fix My Property? HOA/Condo Maintenance, Repair & Casualty (Including Major Weather Events) – Jim Slaughter
  • Assessment Collection Minefields - David Wilson & Adam Marshall
  • How to Avoid Litigation in the First Place – Jim Slaughter (and Hope Carmichael)

Law Day is one of the NC Community Associations Institute’s most popular programs. Attendees include HOA/condo board members, community leaders, and community managers. Speakers include many of the best community association professionals in the state.

The cost is $80 for CAI-NC members, $105 for others, and includes free parking, light breakfast, lunch, and access to all speakers' slides. Preregistration is required. The full schedule and registration info can be found at the 2019 Community Association Law Day - Charlotte Page.

Top Golf Outing

After a tour of our new and larger Charlotte office yesterday, some of our attorneys took an outing to Top Golf. If you haven't visited, it's a sprawling 4-level entertainment complex with high tech golf (microchipped balls that you play like Skee-Ball), food, games, etc. 

What a blast!

Top Golf Outing

Taliercio Elected National Officer for Parliamentary Lawyers

Black, Slaughter & Black attorney Michael Taliercio has been elected 2018 national Treasurer of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers (ACPL).

Taliercio is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians and a Fellow in the ACPL, which recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice of parliamentary law, including lawyers who advise conventions, condominium and homeowner associations, governmental bodies, and nonprofits.

Michael Taliercio

Firm Sponsors Charlotte Yiasou Greek Festival

The firm is a 2017 sponsor of the Yiasou Greek Festival in Charlotte. Great food and entertainment. September 7-10, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC.

For more information, visit

Firm Recognition!

Yes Weekly
The readers of YES! Weekly magazine have selected the firm as a “Best Lawyer/Law Firm.”

It’s nice to be recognized!

For more information on Black, Slaughter & Black, PA, and our practice areas, please visit

New Charlotte Office Purchased!

The Charlotte office of Black, Slaughter & Black will be moving to larger office space! Due to a growing practice and the addition of several attorneys, more room was needed to best serve our clients. On May 11, 2017 the firm closed on its new property that will give the firm about 40% more space from a new location in our same Historic South End buidling.

1927 South Tryon

Construction and upfit should start soon. We'll keep you updated as to progress!

Spring 2016 Kickball-Season Champions

The Firm's kickball team, Nightmare on Elm Street, has ended its Spring 2016, season. We are especially proud of every member, every fan, and the sportsmanship that was demonstrated throughout the entire season. Winning the league this season showed team spirit at its finest! 

Jim Slaughter Recognized for His Pro Bono Work

For the sixth year in a row, Jim Slaughter, Partner at Black, Slaughter & Black, PA, has been recognized as a member of the Herb Falk Society.  The Herb Falk Society honors those members of the Greensboro Bar Association who contribute at least 75 hours of pro bono service annually.  Jim has donated his time in a variety of areas, but most notably as a volunteer parliamentarian for several nonprofit organizations. Congratulations Jim on a job well done!

Firm Participates in Service Day

The firm had 13 attorneys participate in the "4All Statewide Service Day" on Friday, March 4th. The attorneys donated 3 hours of their time answering legal questions from folks around North Carolina. Ashley Bennington, a 2016 4ALL Co-Chair, helped organize and host the event held at the offices of United Way of Greater Greensboro.  

"The 4All Statewide Day of Service is an annual public service event sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation.  As part of the Statewide Day of Service, attorneys volunteer to staff call centers statewide including sites in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilimington and Winston-Salem." 

Firm Participates in Love Our Teachers and Schools Supply Drive

The firm collected school supplies during the month of February as part of the Love Our Teachers and Schools supply drive sponsored by the Guilford Education Alliance. We filled four boxes full of supplies and delivered the donations to the Teacher’s Supply Warehouse, which is where Guilford County Schools teachers get to shop bi-annually to avoid spending money out of pocket.

Keith Black Interviewed for Ask-A-Lawyer

Attorney Keith Black was interviewed on issues of family law and child support for the North Carolina Bar Association 4-All Service Day.  View it at

Attorney Leads State Community Associations Institute

Jim Slaughter, a partner in the law firm of Black, Slaughter & Black, has been elected President of the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

  CAI provides resources, education, credentialing and advocacy for homeowner and condominium associations and the professionals who support them. The NC-CAI Chapter is composed of association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms and other professionals who provide products and services to associations.  North Carolina is now the fifth largest state in number of community associations with almost 14,000 associations and more than 2 million residents.  For more information, visit

Firm Serves at Greensboro Urban Ministiry

The firm got together before the holidays to give back to the community. As a team, we were able to make over 100 sandwhich bags to deliver to the Urban Ministry Emergency Assistance Program. Donations of formula and diapers were made as well!

Our Firm's New Board Certified Specialists!

Congratulations to T. Keith Black, Carole Albright and Ashley Bennington on becoming North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Family Law and Steven Black on becoming a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Residential Real Estate.

2015 Kickball Season Finals

The Firm's kickball team, Nightmare on Elm Street, has ended it's 2015 season. The participants have played great all year, demonstrating athleticism and sportsmanship.
Thank you to the Greensboro Parks & Recreation and all the fans who came out to support us! 

Secure Email Announcement

Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A. (RBS) understands the importance of privacy to our clients and consumers.  Because the security and integrity of client and consumer information is paramount, our firm is taking steps to protect Non-public Personal Information (NPPI) in accordance with new ALTA Best Practices standards. In the coming weeks, you may notice that emails from our firm are now encrypted.

When you receive an email containing NPPI:

  • If we establish a secure connection to your email system/provider, you will not notice any change in the way emails are delivered.  For example, some email providers/systems have “behind-the-scenes” protection that allows encrypted messages to be presented to the recipient already decrypted. 
  • If we cannot establish a secure connection to your email system/provider, you will receive an email with a link to access the secure message and its contents.  The one-time set up required will take approximately thirty (30) seconds to complete and will enable you to receive future messages from us containing NPPI by simply entering your self-created username and password.

Our firm strives to deliver to clients the highest degree of service possible while still meeting the compliance standards required by State and Federal laws and regulations, as well as professional standards. It is our hope that this step to help protect your NPPI will cause minimal impact or burden to you and will deliver necessary information in a secure and safe electronic format.

Jim Slaughter Teaches Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Attorneys

Jim Slaughter was a speaker at the 2015 Festival of Legal Learning at the UNC School of Law.  He taught on Parliamentary Procedure Survival Skills for Attorneys, which took a look at running effective meetings – whether board, membership, governmental, or HOA/condo, including which rules to use, frequently used motions, voting, proxies, agendas and minutes. Jim is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition.  For more information, visit

Law Firms Ranked by Triad attorneys

The Triad Business Journal ranks the top 25 Law Firms in the Piedmont Triad. You can read the article here

CLE on December 5, 2014: The Life of a Lawsuit: Issues in the Six Phases of a Civil Action

Need some CLE hours before the end of the year?

On December 5, 2014, beginning at 8:40 am, our firm will host a Greensboro CLE on "The Life of a Lawsuit: Issues in the Six Phases of a Civil Action from Case Assessment through Executing on a Judgment." The CLE has been approved for 6 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour credit for professional responsibility/ethics. All credits should also apply to the CLE requirements for Appellate Practice Specialization certification.

WHERE: Rossabi Black Slaughter, P.A., 3623 N. Elm St., Suite 200, Greensboro.

HOW: Cost: $50.00. (Includes the NC State Bar CLE fee of $18.00 for 6.0 credit hours, as well as a catered lunch.)

Registration – (336) 378-1899.

Participants may also register at the CLE if space is available.

Materials: Course materials will be emailed to registrants and posted at our firm website the week of the CLE. Paper copies will not be provided.

Firm Is Site of Judicial Press Conference

On October 29, at the Greensboro office, North Carolina Supreme Court candidates Justice Robin Hudson, Justice Cheri Beasley, and Judge Sam Ervin held a press conference on the dangers of "dark money" from outside the state in judicial races.  On November 4, all three candidates were the top vote getters for eight-year terms to the State’s highest court.  

Pictured here with attorney Gavin Reardon are Supreme Court Justices Beasley, Hudson and Ervin.

RBS Press Conference

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules Receives 2013 Phifer Award

Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules of Order, Fourth Edition has received the 2013 Phifer Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice (CAPP), an affiliate of the National Communication Association (NCA).  The Award recognizes distinguished scholarship in parliamentary procedure and was presented to authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale and Jon Ericson at NCA’s recent 99th annual convention in Washington, DC.  More information and a review of the book can be found at

Firm Kickball Team Undefeated in Regular Season, Wins First Playoff Game

Kickball TeamThe firm's kickball team, “Nightmare on Elm Street,” finished the regular season undefeated after playing seven games, securing the number two spot in the playoffs.  “We were excited to participate in the fall league for the first time, because we have had such a great time playing kickball in the spring,” says attorney and team manager Jennifer Reutter.  The team received a bye for the first round of play-off games, and won its game in the second round.  “We are hoping to make it all the way to the championship game,” says Reutter.  “But regardless, this has been another great opportunity to spend time together outside the office and meet others in the community.”

Jim Slaughter Recertified as Professional Registered Parliamentarian

Attorney Jim Slaughter has been recertified as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), a designation he has held since 1993.  Slaughter is also a Certified Professional Parliamentarian with the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP) and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. 

Michael Taliercio Attains Status as Professional Registered Parliamentarian

Congratulations to attorney Michael Taliercio, who has obtained Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) status with the National Association of Parliamentarians.  Our firm now becomes the only law firm in the country with two licensed attorneys who are also Professional Registered Parliamentarians.

Michael Taliercio Selected as State Party Parliamentarian

Attorney Michael Taliercio has been selected Parliamentarian for the North Carolina State Democratic Party.  In addition to advising associations and bankrupty clients, Michael is a Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians.

13th Annual Firm Retreat Held

The firm held its 13th annual firmwide retreat in the mountains of Virginia on May 30-June 1, 2013.  Partner Keith Black once again graciously opened his family home for attorneys and staff to conduct a bit of business, but mainly to decompress.  As usual, there was lots of competitive volleyball, croquet, cornhole, Kan-Jam (a disk game) as well as swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing!

Jim Slaughter Recognized for Pro Bono Service

Partner Jim Slaughter was recognized by the Greensboro Bar Association by inclusion in the Herb Falk Society at the its third annual Recognition Dinner held on May 22, 2013.  Jim was honored for his pro bono service hours in 2012. The Society is named for past Greensbor Bar Association President Herbert S. Falk, Jr., who was deeply committed to pro bono service.

Firm Kickball Team Finishes in Playoffs

"Nightmare on Elm Street," our firm's kickball team in the Greensboro Kickball League, ended its 2012-2013 season in second round play-offs.  Employees, family and friends have enjoyed several successful seasons, including recognition as the 2012 Regular Season Champions.  “Playing kickball together is a wonderful opportunity for all employees--regardless of their position at the firm--as well as family and friends to bond outside of the office,” says attorney and team manager Jennifer Reutter. “We enjoy the competition and finding a way to work together in a recreational setting.”


Partners Present at Seminar for Homeowner and Condominium Association Board Members

Partners Jim Slaughter and Steve Black will present a "Board 101" legal program for board members of homeowner and condominium associations on Monday, May 6, at the Koury Sheraton Convention Center.  Topics will include the roles and responsibilities of community association board members, running effective meetings, Robert's Rules of Order, overseeing the budget, fiduciary duties, conduct, and more.  The program is sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute.

Firm a St. Pius X BASH Sponsor

The firm is a Gold sponsor of St. Pius X Catholic School’s charitable BASH event.  Estate attorney Theodora Vaporis will offer an estate planning consultation, including a Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Living Will as an auction donation.

Steve Black Speaks at 2013 Community Association Law Day

Partner Steve Black is a speaker for the 2013 Law Day of the North Carolina Chapter of the Community Associations Institute on Saturday, March 2.  His topic is “Creating Enforceable Rules and Regulations in Homeowner Associations.”

Firm's Kickball Team Named 2012 Regular Season Champions

The Firm's kickball team, Nightmare on Elm Street, was crowned Regular Season Champions in the City of Greensboro, Parks and Recreation league.

Jim Slaughter Authors Parliamentary Procedure Books

Partner Jim Slaughter, who is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian and Professional Registered Parliamentarian, has authored two books on meeting procedure, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track and Notes and Comments on ‘Robert’s Rules,’ Fourth Edition. 

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is short, to-the-point, and focused on smaller meetings, including boards and committees, and provides details on the most-used motions, appropriate informal procedures for smaller boards, and general advice for shortening meetings.

Notes and Comments on ‘Robert’s Rules,’ Fourth Edition is a user’s guide to the new 716 page edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and is designed for more procedurally complicated meetings, such as annual and special membership meetings or conventions.  Notes and Comments is designed to make Robert’s accessible and uses a question-and-answer format to cover the most misused and asked-about provisions.