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May 8, 2019

North Carolina Women Attorneys Win New Legal Awards

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Lawyers Weekly has chosen Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Raleigh Partner Antonia A. Peck and Charlotte Associate Ariel E. Harris as recipients of its inaugural Rising Stars Award.

They will be honored at a luncheon in Raleigh on May 22, 2019.

The publication named 30 up-and-coming attorneys across North Carolina as winners of this new award. Recipients are attorneys who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and have made a strong impact on the legal community though their career accomplishments, contributions to the bar, the profession, and the development of the law; and efforts to increase access to justice for North Carolinians.

Toni is a healthcare attorney who focuses her practice on assisting healthcare providers in a variety of regulatory compliance and corporate matters, including Stark law and federal and state Anti-Kickback Statute compliance, HIPAA questions, 340B Drug Pricing Program issues, physician recruitment, medical staff issues, and antitrust concerns. She also counsels healthcare entities on transactional and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reorganizations, management services organizations, and hospital-physician alignment strategies.

She chairs the Board of Directors for The Lucy Daniels Center, a non-profit organization that provides mental health services to children and families in the Raleigh area. She is currently guiding the organization through its transition from its initial Executive Director/Clinical Director, who has led the organization for almost 30 years, to a new leader. She is a board member of Spotlight Healthcare, a nonprofit behavioral health organization based in Raleigh that develops and implements comprehensive substance abuse disorders treatment programs for youth, adults and families.

Ariel is a litigator whose practice focuses primarily on business litigation, which includes complex commercial disputes and financial services matters. As a former NCAA Division 1 national champion with the UNC Women’s Soccer team, and a former member of the Boston Breakers, Ariel is also building a sports law practice, and she represents former soccer teammates and sports organizations in contractual settings.

She serves on the executive board of the John S. Leary Association of Black Lawyers, which was founded to facilitate the administration of justice, provide leadership in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community, encourage and increase diversity in the legal profession, and ensure that people of color have adequate representation in the criminal justice system. She has helped organize judicial candidate forums, voting rights panels and networking events for black attorneys in Mecklenburg County.

At Legal Aid of North Carolina, Ariel represents pro bono low-income tenants facing eviction, experiencing uninhabitable living conditions in their homes or subjected to cruel, retaliatory measures by their landlords. In addition, she does bail reform work for the State of North Carolina on behalf of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Criminal Justice Project. 

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 785 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 11 states and Washington, DC. Nelson Mullins and Broad and Cassel LLP combined effective August 1, 2018 and does business in Florida as Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel. For more information on the firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com



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