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Offit Kurman Grows Charlotte Office with Addition of Two Attorneys

Offit Kurman is pleased to announce that Andrea Godwin and Paige Vankooten have joined the firm’s Charlotte office.

 

Principal Andrea Godwin has joined the firm’s Family Law group  Ms. Godwin specializes in cases related to separation and property settlement agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, mediations and arbitrations, adoptions, termination of parental rights, domestic violence, contempt motions, custody, child and spousal support, equitable distribution, alienation of affection and criminal conversation claims and defenses  She has extensive litigation experience but is committed to finding creative and practical solutions to each specific client’s family situation when one can be negotiated.

Ms. Godwin is a North Carolina native who has practiced in the district and superior courts of Union, Gaston, Mecklenburg and Lincoln County, where she recently earned the largest jury award for a plaintiff in an alienation of affections case.

Ms. Godwin received her B.A. from Campbell University and her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law.

 

Associate Paige Vankooten has joined the firm’s Business Law and Transactions group. Ms. Vankooten represents both small and large businesses and assists her clients by advising on the initial structure of their entity, drafting employment contracts, leases, and any other business-related contract needs. She also provides counsel in the sale and purchase of businesses or in mergers. Ms. Vankooten also assists clients with their estate planning needs.

Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Ms. Vankooten worked for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts as a Judicial Fellow, where she served as a law clerk for the 370 trial court judges across North Carolina  Additionally, she clerked at the North Carolina Business Court during law school for both Judge Gale in Greensboro and Judge Bledsoe in Charlotte and served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Barbara Jackson at the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Ms. Vankooten received her B.B.A. from Austin Peay State University and her J.D. from Elon University School of Law.

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