In March 2015, Attorney Joel Harbinson was retained to represent a client charged with Felony Hit and Run in Catawba County after she struck a jogger on the
side of the road early in the morning before sunrise.
The defendant thought she had hit a dog and went on to work two miles away at a day care center where she worked and parked her car right outside. When the sun rose and she finally looked the damage to the passenger side of her car, it was determined she had a struck a jogger running on the edge of the highway in the dark.
After negotiations with the District Attorney's Office over the next three years, she eventually pled No Contest on October 8, 2018 to a simple misdemeanor -- instead of a felony -- and was ordered to perform some community service and pay a fine, but was not ordered to pay any restitution.
- In September of 2018, our firm won The Taylorsville Times and Alexander County Economic Development Corporation's Readers' Choice Awards for "Best Overall Law Firm" -- for the fifth consecutive year.
- Attorney Joel Harbinson was chosen on August 13, 2018 as one of just 30 recipients for the 2018 "Leaders in the Law" award as determined by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Honorees of this award are described as "the most influential individuals within our state's legal community" and are recognized as going "above and beyond in their profession and community."
- Attorney Joel Harbinson was retained on June 25, 2018, to represent a 20‑year‑old teen who accidentally crossed the centerline coming home from work causing a collision which killed a young mother and injured her children. The teenager, a volunteer firefighter in his community, was exhausted from a long day working his construction job outside in the hot weather. The teen has fully cooperated with authorities. Neither alcohol nor drugs were involved. Charges of misdemeanor death by vehicle (an unintentional death resulting from the violation of a traffic law), reckless driving, and driving left of center are currently pending in Alexander County District Court.
- Attorney Joel Harbinson was hired on June 11, 2018, to defend a teenager who accidentally shot and killed his best friend earlier that morning. During an investigation by the DA's office and local detectives over the next week, Harbinson and his client fully cooperated with local authorities in order to show any charges of homicide would not be justified based upon the specific facts of the case. One week later, on June 18, 2018, the District Attorney announced that no criminal charges would be sought by her office.
- Attorneys Joel Harbinson and Caryn Brzykcy served as co‑counsel in a complicated medical negligence trial in Iredell County Superior Court over a period of more than three weeks from May 21‑June 11, 2018 in Iredell County Superior Court. The case involved the testimony of a total of seven doctors (five of which were expert witnesses). With the law in North Carolina stacked in favor of the defendant doctor in such medical malpractice cases, the plaintiff did not prevail despite a hard‑fought battle by our team of experienced attorneys.
- On May 21, 2018, Attorney Caryn Brzykcy finalized a settlement for her client who was of one of the students injured on October 3, 2015, when a rental truck struck North Iredell High School, causing a concrete awning to collapse on students waiting underneath. Twenty-five students attending a band competition were injured and taken to local hospitals. The claims of all of the students, some severely and permanently injured, were mediated collectively over a period of 24 hours, and Caryn was able to reach a successful settlement for her particular injured client.
- Attorneys Joel Harbinson and Caryn Brzykcy settled a Medical Malpractice case in April 2018 on behalf of a client where a urologist negligently left a 150 cm guidewire in his bladder. By agreement of both parties, the terms of the settlement are confidential.
- Attorney Joel Harbinson was recognized in the April 2018 edition of Trial Briefs, the quarterly publication of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, for his representation in a First Degree Murder case in January 2018.
- Attorney Bryan Corbett originated and promoted the firm's decision in January 2018 to offer its criminal defense representation free of charge to those defendants who seek in-patient treatment for their opioid addictions. Watch The Video »
- Attorneys Joel Harbinson and Bryan Corbett were recognized for their roles in the October 2017 North Carolina Advocates for Justice seminar entitled "Becoming Atticus Finch ‑‑ Representing the Wrongfully Accused in Sexual Assault Cases." Harbinson was Program Chair and author and presenter of the topics "Using Inconsistent Statements and the Lack of Corroboration as the Bedrock of Your Defense" and "Establishing Shared Values with the Jury Leading to an Acquittal. Corbett was author and presenter of the topic "Upholding the Ethical Standards of Atticus Finch."
- Attorney Joel Harbinson was recognized in the July 2017 edition of Trial Briefs, the quarterly publication of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, for his representation of three indigent defendants in First Degree Sexual Assault cases in a twelve-month period from January 2015 to January 2016.
- Attorneys Joel Harbinson and Caryn Brzykcy were recognized in a October 2016 publication of N.C. Lawyers Weekly for their part in a successful settlement in a Wrongful Death damages case resolved in May 2016.