Stan Harris is an attorney in Taylor English’s Charlotte office, who focuses his practice on general business representation, real estate and leasing, and estate planning and probate.With four decades of experience, Mr. Harris has formed and represented numerous corporations, LLCs and other business entities throughout North Carolina. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge drafting estate planning…

Gary Ernst is an attorney in Taylor English’s Charlotte office. His practice areas include estate administration (probate), trust administration, estate planning, commercial real estate, and corporate law. In addition, Mr. Ernst has extensive experience in civil litigation and animal law.  A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Ernst has gained the trust of his business…

Tom Gorman is a partner with Taylor English who manages the Charlotte, North Carolina office of the firm. He practices in the areas of commercial real estate, corporate, estate planning, and estate and trust administration.In his more than 37 years of practice, Mr. Gorman has drafted wills, trusts, powers of attorneys, living wills, health care…

Scott Tobin provides strategic legal and business advice to high-growth businesses and those who govern, manage and invest in them.Throughout his career Mr. Tobin has held various corporate positions in addition to his law practice, including service as a senior executive, board member, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. His varied experience helps him to better manage…

Melissa (Missi) McMorries has extensive experience in a variety of corporate matters, both large and small. Her work in corporate governance and transactions, coupled with her trust and estate planning experience, position her to advise both closely held and family businesses in their day-to-day and long-range planning and needs.Ms. McMorries represents several manufacturing companies, technology…

As a former in-house counsel for a nationwide retailer, Ken Mallernee brings extensive practical and strategic business experience to the representation of his clients and a thorough understanding of the retail real estate industry. Mr. Mallernee also works with local restaurant operators and franchisees of national restaurant chains in the leasing, purchase and sale of…

Philip McCann has more than 35 years of intellectual property experience with a particular focus on patent law. He prosecutes patent and trademark applications before the United State Patent and Trademark Office and provides strategic guidance to clients on patent and trademark infringement and patent licensing issues, as well as the management of patent and…

Michael Johnston is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Johnston’s more than 25 years of practice is focused on patent prosecution. He counsels his clients on various intellectual property matters, including patent procurement, patentability, patent infringement, validity opinions and litigation.Mr. Johnston prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications primarily in the…

Deborah Ausburn is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, where she focuses on advising and defending youth-serving organizations. Ms. Ausburn has spent more than 30 years as a social worker, foster parent, criminal prosecutor, and civil trial attorney. Her experience includes successful cases before the United States Supreme Court in constitutional…

Ryan Arnold is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. He focuses on commercial disputes including disputes related to construction and design professional companies.Mr. Arnold’s experience includes representing the client directly and representing the client on behalf of the insurance carrier, in all phases of litigation in North Carolina state and federal…