Category: Jim Siemens

BPR Story Features Patton Documents

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Siemens Family Law Group’s office in the historic    Patton-Parker House.

Blue Ridge Public Radio did a story this week on the historic documents found in the ceiling of the Patton-Parker House during renovations last year. The documents provide glimpses of Asheville’s past through records of the Patton family, which played an influential role in various areas of the city’s history.

The documents have since been donated to Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville, and pictures of a few of the pieces are displayed throughout the building at Siemens Family Law Group.

The story, along with a slideshow featuring some of the donated documents, is available on the Blue Ridge Public Radio site: Historic Patton Documents Find New Home at Pack Library.

Jim and Brenda honored by 2017 Super Lawyers

Siemens Family Law Group is happy to announce that Jim Siemens and Brenda Coppede have been honored as 2017 Super Lawyers. Jim was first recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012 and is included again in North Carolina’s Family Law category. Brenda is honored in the Family Law category as a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

The Super Lawyers selection process combines peer review and evaluation with independent research.  Once nominated, lawyers are evaluated based on indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, then reviewed by practice area.  The final Super Lawyers list includes no more than 5 percent of North Carolina lawyers.

More information can be found on Jim and Brenda’s Super Lawyers profiles.

SFLG Moves to Patton Parker House Oct. 3

Siemens Family Law Group is proud to announce its move to the Patton Parker House.

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Siemens Family Law Group’s new office at 95 Charlotte Street.

The Patton Parker House, at Charlotte and Chestnut St., offers a distinguished history and character that suits the firm’s clients and style of practice.  The history of this location will be thoughtfully displayed, and available to you and to our community.  We look forward to greeting you there.

Siemens Family Law Group will be open for business at the Patton Parker House October 3rd, 2016, with parking and entry from the front or the back of the home.  The firm’s new mailing address, effective October 3rd, will be 95 Charlotte St., Asheville, N.C. 28801.

Representing the Dependent Spouse

Jim Siemens and Brenda Coppede recently presented at the North Carolina Bar Association’s Family Law Section Annual Meeting in Charleston.  Jim and Brenda’s CLE topic was Representing the Dependent Spouse, and you can take a look at their presentation materials below.

 

Jim Siemens named 2016 Super Lawyer

Jim Siemens has been honored as a 2016 Super Lawyer, included again in North Carolina’s Family Law category. Jim was first recognized by Super Lawyers in 2012.

The Super Lawyers selection process combines peer review and evaluation with independent research.  Once nominated, lawyers are evaluated based on indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, then reviewed by practice area.  The final Super Lawyers list includes no more than 5 percent of North Carolina lawyers.

More information about Jim and the Super Lawyers honor can be found on Jim’s Super Lawyers profile.

Jim Siemens honored in 2016 Legal Elite

Jim SiemensSiemens Family Law Group is pleased to announce Jim Siemens’ inclusion in Business North Carolina’s 2016 Legal Elite.  Each year, Business North Carolina honors the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories.  Every active lawyer in the state is given the opportunity to participate by selecting peers they feel are at the top of their fields.  Fewer than 3 percent of the state’s lawyers made this year’s list.  Jim is included in the Legal Elite Family Law section for the third year.  The complete list and more information about the selection process can be found on Business North Carolina’s 2016 Legal Elite website.

Plans for SFLG and Patton-Parker House

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Citizen-Times photo

The Patton-Parker House and plans for Siemens Family Law Group were featured in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Sunday. The article highlights the history of the house, the Preservation Society’s involvement, and Jim Siemens’ plans for the future. Read the story, Historic Patton-Parker House finds new owner, to learn more about the historic building that will house Siemens Family Law Group in 2016.

 

 

 

Historic Landmark to be New Home for SFLG

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Jim with the keys and plans for the Patton-Parker House at 95 Charlotte Street.

Siemens Family Law Group will be moving its office to the historic Patton-Parker House in 2016. Located at 95 Charlotte Street, the Victorian-style home was built in 1868 by Thomas Walton Patton, who served as mayor of Asheville in the 1890s.

The Patton-Parker House has been a part of various notable events in Asheville’s history. During the Civil War, the site served as a military encampment known as “Camp Patton,” used by both Union and Confederate forces. In 1894, Helen Morris Lewis conducted a meeting at the Patton-Parker House for a community rally that led to the formation of the North Carolina Equal Suffrage Association. Thomas Walton Patton and his sister, Frances Louisa, worked to reform jails and prisons and to improve the welfare of women, children and people living in poverty. They were also instrumental in the formation of Mission Hospital, the public library, and the YMCA and YWCA. The African-American community known as “Mountainside” was originally part of the Patton holdings, and the Patton family donated land to establish several local churches, including First Presbyterian Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Matthias Episcopal Church.

The Patton-Parker House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a Local Historic Landmark by the City of Asheville. Siemens Family Law Group looks forward to becoming a part of the history of this Asheville landmark!

Family Law and Bankruptcy

Tomorrow I am presenting before the annual meeting of the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in Pinehurst.  The topic will be on the intersection of family law and bankruptcy.  I’m told one of the topics that will be of interest to attendees is whether domestic support obligations (child support, spousal support and alimony) are subject to modification.  The modification of alimony was my topic of presentation last week before a meeting of the Family Law Section, so I’m primed for that discussion.  I posted my manuscript on alimony modification last week.  Here is the manuscript for tomorrow’s presentation.  Making presentations this year has been a great way for me to gain mastery of the material, to make and deepen connections with colleagues, and to be of service to my profession.

Lawyers as Leaders

The American Bar Association presented on Lawyers as Leaders at the Peace Center in Greenville on October 23rd, 2015, and it was a good refresher for me to attend.  Presentations focused on personality traits of lawyers, and how those traits impact leadership; lawyers as leaders within their firms; lawyers as leaders in client relationships; and, lawyers as leaders in our communities.  One presenter suggested that perfection is the ideal aspiration for a firm to adhere to.  That means going all in, in every case, great and small.  Ideas to beat the Pareto principle (the 80/20 rule) and to move to 100 in the client experience were discussed and included maintaining consistent situational awareness; maintaining open, diverse and deep social networks; and operating from a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset that is bound by an unhealthy ego.

Maybe the perfectionist mindset isn’t all bad, I found myself wondering.  Personally, I believe that to beat the commodification of the legal profession, which is happening, lawyers must meet the leadership challenge.  For one, that means collaborating with your client in a way that ensures that he or she can see, hear and feel the difference a lawyer committed to leadership can make.  The call to leadership has my attention.  As my firm’s leader, the goal of Siemens Family Law Group remains to exceed client expectations while positively impacting the legal profession, the Courts, and the community at large.