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Deuterman Law Group Teams Up with Beyond Sports NC

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Deuterman Law Group Teams Up with Beyond Sports NC

Deuterman Law Group is proud to sponsor Beyond Sports NC, an organization that shares our commitment to fostering community growth and equality. Beyond Sports NC works tirelessly to provide youth with access to sports, regardless of their socio-economic background. They believe in the transformative power of sports, offering mentorship, resources, and opportunities, particularly focusing on under-resourced communities. We look forward to making a positive impact on the children in our community together with your help.

Join us in helping Beyond Sports NC give kids the equipment they need to grow and succeed on the playground, the basketball court, and in life. You can make a big difference with your donation through their Amazon wishlist, or you can drop off new equipment at one of their convenient pickup locations. Either way, you’ll be leveling the playing field for deserving kids throughout our community.

Deuterman Law Group Teams Up with Greensboro Parks & Recreation

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Deuterman Law Group Teams Up with Greensboro Parks & Recreation

Join Us in sponsoring a team! It’ll be a win for the kids, for the community, and for YOU!

As a law firm serving the people of North Carolina, we are not defined just by the cases we win, but also by the good we do in our community. That’s why we are proud to team up with Greensboro Parks & Recreation to sponsor youth sports throughout the year. We believe that ALL kids should have the opportunity to play sports – whether it’s baseball, basketball, tennis, football, cheerleading, soccer or swimming. Which is why the Deuterman Law Group sponsors teams and programs in all these sports, and we’re especially grateful for our partnership with Greensboro Parks & Rec.

We’d love for you to join us in sponsoring a team! It’ll be a win for the kids, for the community, and for YOU! Click here to learn how you can join us in making a difference in our community.

If you’re interested in signing your child up to partcipate in a sport or two, visit the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Youth Sports page.

Attorney Seth Cohen Inducted Into Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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Veteran attorney Seth Cohen, who is of counsel at Deuterman Law Group in Greensboro, has been certified as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious association of trial lawyers.

Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have obtained million dollar verdicts, awards or settlements for their clients. Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. attorneys are members.

In his senior role at DLG, Cohen represents clients in their labor and employment claims. He works closely with the rest of the DLG team to ensure that workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, VA Disability and personal injury clients receive the justice they deserve.

“For more than three decades, Seth has dedicated his career to fighting against discrimination and advocating for people whose civil rights and civil liberties have been violated or infringed,” said firm President Dan Deuterman. “His induction to the Million Dollar Advocates is another example of his strong client advocacy.”

Before joining DLG, Cohen was a partner for 25 years with Smith, James, Rowlett & Cohen in Greensboro. He continues to serve as general counsel of the ACLU of North Carolina and as an adjunct professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law.

The Atlanta native earned undergraduate degrees in religion and journalism from the University of Georgia, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Before attending law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter, most recently at the News & Record in Greensboro.

Cohen graduated in 1991 from the UNC School of Law with highest honors. He was a member of the law school’s chapter of the Order of the Coif, an honor society. He was admitted to the N.C. State Bar in 1991, and in 1997 he was admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

After law school, Cohen clerked for Justice Henry E. Frye, who later became chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

Cohen is a member of North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) and the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment Law.

Attorney Casey S. Francis Earns Place in Prestigious Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums

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Casey S. Francis, an attorney with the Deuterman Law Group in Greensboro, has been certified as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, two prestigious associations of trial lawyers.

Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have obtained million dollar verdicts, awards or settlements for their clients. Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. attorneys are members.

To qualify for the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an attorney must have secured a verdict, award or settlement worth $2 million or more on behalf of a client.

Francis is a board certified specialist in workers’ compensation law at the Deuterman Law Group. Since joining the firm in 2011, she has been the lead attorney on cases involving Spanish-speaking clients, with a focus on representing undocumented workers in their claims.

“Casey works really hard on behalf of her clients, and our peers in the legal field consider her an expert in these types of cases. She has successfully argued cases before the N.C. Industrial Commission, the N.C. Court of Appeals and the N.C. Supreme Court,” said firm President Dan Deuterman. “It’s no surprise to me that she has earned these professional honors.”

Francis is a magna cum laude graduate of N.C. State with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and International Politics with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She earned her juris doctor with honors in 2011 from the UNC School of Law.

Francis is a member of the N.C. Advocates for Justice Executive Committee for Workers’ Compensation and is serving a three-year term as a member of the N.C. Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Council. She is past vice president and founding member of the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys’ Piedmont Triad Chapter.


DLG Attorneys Lead Continuing Legal Education Sessions

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Deuterman Law Group clients often choose us to represent them because of our legal experience and expertise. Their peers in the legal profession also look to our attorneys for leadership and expertise in workers’ compensation, personal injury, Social Security disability and veterans disability law.

DLG attorneys are often tapped to present at professional conferences, write articles, serve on panels, and teach continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for other lawyers and legal professionals.

Attorneys in North Carolina are required to complete at least 12 hours of CLE each year to maintain their law licenses. Paralegals must complete six hours annually to maintain their certification.

“Our attorneys truly have earned the respect of their peers, who look to them for expertise and leadership in a number of areas,” said founder and president Dan Deuterman. “I’m really proud that our attorneys are willing to teach these CLE classes and seminars and share their knowledge. By doing so, they’re helping to ensure that injured people in North Carolina get the best representation possible, whether they’re our clients or not.”

Deuterman has personally taught many CLEs over the years for the N.C. Bar Association, the N.C. Advocates for Justice, the N.C. Industrial Commission, and other professional organizations. He has always encouraged the firm’s associate attorneys to share their knowledge as presenters and organizers of CLE events.

Through her involvement in the N.C. Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Council, Casey S. Francis has planned CLE courses. She also has led many CLE sessions, frequently teaching other attorneys about how to best represent undocumented workers in their workers’ comp claims.

Casey’s colleague Jack Waissen is also a member of the N.C. Bar Association’s Worker’s Compensation Section Executive Council. As part of his responsibilities, he is on the committee that plans CLEs for workers’ comp attorneys statewide.

CLE educational seminars help attorneys keep up with evolving laws in the state and professional standards so they can better serve their clients.

Topics run the gamut. A CLE might focus on a particular quirk in the law, a recent change or an upcoming change in the law. Other sessions deal with case management, technology, client relations or professional ethics.

Attorneys in all practice areas at DLG have taught CLEs, spoken at professional development groups or helped plan educational programs. These include Christine Burnside and Ben Burnside (Social Security Disability), Michele Cybulski (Auto Accidents and Personal Injury), Chris Stevens (Veterans Disability), Seth Cohen (Civil Rights and Employment Law), and Deuterman, Francis, Waissen and Zach Marquand (Workers’ Compensation).

“Professional development is essential to ensure that people across North Carolina receive quality legal representation,” Deuterman said. “That’s why we encourage our attorneys to teach, speak, write and lead these sessions.”


Attorney Ben Burnside Completes 7-Day Cycling Challenge

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Attorney Ben Burnside recently completed his second endurance fitness event — a weeklong bike ride across North Carolina — and he’s already planning for his next challenge.

In October, Ben participated in Cycle North Carolina’s Mountains to Coast ride. The annual bike ride takes place over seven days.

Cyclists ride between 55 and 75 miles per day on North Carolina’s beautiful backroads and stay in a different town each night. The goal is not to get there first or the fastest. Rather, the sightseeing endurance ride is geared to cyclists of all ages and abilities.

For Ben, it was a chance to challenge himself physically, spend time with a friend and also see parts of his home state he’d never visited.

“A good friend of mine heard about this ride, and asked if I wanted to do it with him,” he said. “I was in for the challenge, although at the time I had never ridden on a road bike or gone any significant distance on any type of bike.”

Though he first started planning for the ride in the summer of 2020, Ben’s training plans were interrupted by the pandemic and a serious leg injury.

Ben ordered a road bike in August 2020, but found out he’d probably have to wait about six months to receive it due to the unprecedented demand for them as a result of the pandemic.

While he was waiting for the bike to arrive, Ben broke his lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula, in October 2020. His injury required surgery, with titanium rod and screws used to stabilize his broken bones.

“This was a big setback in terms of my fitness level and general mobility, but I thought that cycling would be a good way to rehabilitate my leg once I was ready for it,” he said. “The healing process was longer and more difficult than I expected, but I got through it.”

When his bike arrived in March 2021, Ben’s leg injury wasn’t fully healed. But he started training slowly, finding cycling to be a good no-impact form of exercise.

He gradually increased his hours and distance on the bike. In March, he rode 65 miles. In April, he rode 188 miles. In May, he rode 228 miles, every month adding more miles so he would be ready for the endurance event in October.

Initially, Ben trained mostly at night after work and after his young children had gone to bed. Later, he rode longer distances on the weekends “with the support of my lovely wife, who was very encouraging and took on extra kid duties without complaint.” (Ben is married to Christine Burnside, another Social Security Disability attorney at Deuterman Law Group.)

How did he feel after completing the challenge and finishing Mountains to the Coast ride?
“Well my body was certainly very sore, but I felt accomplished and happy,” Ben said. “The week was spent hanging with my friend and riding five to seven hours per day over scenic terrain. I think I put in over 35 hours on the bike that week.”

This was not the first endurance challenge Ben has completed. In 2018, he participated in the Make-a Wish Trailblaze Challenge, hiking more than 28 miles to raise money for the charity.

“Although I’m not a great athlete, I like doing endurance challenges,” he said.

In fact, Ben is already planning for his next challenge. He wants to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the not-too-distant future. He had a trip booked for 2020 to attempt the Kilimanjaro hike, but he was unable to go because of the pandemic.

Supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Thanks to the leadership of Winston-Salem office manager Maureen Olsen, the Deuterman Law Group has raised more than $65,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

This cause is very important to the DLG family because we have loved ones who have been affected by blood cancers. Several of our employees have lost family members to leukemia. 

The law firm first became involved with the organization in 2013 when our friend Ty Walters was diagnosed with the disease. Every year, we participate in the Society’s Light the Night fundraiser in memory of Ty and in honor of others with blood cancers. This year, we are also participating in support of a Light the Night fundraising team member who lost her father to acute myeloid leukemia.

Normally, the Light the Night fundraiser culminates in a charity walk. Because of COVID-19, the event was held virtually this year.

But the challenges of fundraising during a pandemic did not deter Maureen and fellow team members Leah Hatfield, Carly Presnell, Whitney Sides, Tara Cool, Julia Lane, Vanessa Ramos and Casey Francis.

The DLG team raised nearly $16,000 for Light the Night this year. DLG was among the top corporate fundraisers. Maureen was among the top 10 list of individual fundraisers in the Triad, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honored her as its top emerging leader.

To reach their big fundraising goals, Maureen and her team organize a silent auction each year. They ask friends, family members, local businesses, and even celebrities to donate items for bid.

“While I may not get to see our impact directly, I hear the stories of survivors and family members who are directly affected by the funds we raise,” she said. “It is pretty amazing to know that we can take something that is so much fun, like the silent auction, and turn it into something that can change someone’s life.”

This year, Maureen reached out to her favorite band, The Avett Brothers, and asked if they would donate. The band contributed signed artwork from its “True Sadness” album.

Other popular silent auction items included travel packages to Durham and Asheville, a private cocktail class for 10 at Gia in Greensboro, and several bottles of rare bourbon.

A weeklong Hilton Head beach rental raised the most money in the auction.

“I absolutely love working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I love gearing up for the auction,” Maureen said. “It is so exciting when you secure a big donation that you know will be popular.”


Join us in Supporting the Samaritan Ministries Penny Campaign

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For the sixth year, the Deuterman Law Group is supporting the Samaritan Ministries Penny Campaign.

For more than 25 years, this program has energized the greater Winston-Salem community to help feed the hungry during the holiday season.

From small children collecting change, to classrooms challenging one another, to families collecting coins to help homeless and hungry members of our community, there is always excitement around the Penny Campaign. It is a powerful (and easy) way to support those in need during the holidays.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Samaritan Ministries has changed the fundraising process this year to ensure the safety of its volunteers and donors. Though we won’t be collecting pennies, spare change and other monetary donations in person this year, our staff remains committed to raising money for this important community organization.

And we’re asking for you to help.

Attorney Chris Stevens, from our Winston-Salem office is leading our fundraising team this year. Learn more about Samaritan Ministries  and donate to the Penny Campaign here.

Please consider a donation of ANY size.

Every penny truly does count. It only takes $2.81 to provide a warm meal for one of our hungry neighbors in Winston-Salem. A donation of 2,774 pennies provides a night of shelter for someone experiencing homelessness.

Samaritan Ministries will also be collecting donations at a drive-through event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Truist Stadium in Winston-Salem. The event will follow social distancing and other appropriate COVID-19 guidelines.

Our Greensboro Office Has Moved!

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New Building. 

Same Passion for Justice!

We’ve moved from our former downtown Greeensboro location to our just completed office building on Lawndale Drive.

We’re easy to find, on-site parking is plentiful, and we’re following all the steps for social distancing and safety.

We look forward to seeing you in our new Greensboro space – or at our Winston-Salem office – sometime soon!

Our NEW Greensboro Office Address:

3524 Lawndale Dr. | Greensboro, NC 27408

Winston-Salem Office:

514 S. Stratford Road | Winston-Salem, NC 27103

Wear A Mask

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Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect one another.

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering when you are out in public and when social distancing is not possible.

In North Carolina, wearing a mask is mandatory, indoors and out, when you are not able to maintain six feet of distance from people who do not live in the same household as you.

Wearing a mask is not a political issue. It’s a public health issue. And it’s the right thing to do.

Please join us at the Deuterman Law Group in donning a mask. We do it to protect our clients, neighbors, friends, family and most vulnerable community members.

New DLG HQ to Open This Summer

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Construction continues on the Deuterman Law Group’s new, expanded Greensboro headquarters building.

The two-story, 23,363-square-foot office building at 3524 Lawndale Dr., should be completed, ahead of schedule, in August. We will let you know on our website when we  are meeting with clients in the new building.

Since 2008, our Greensboro office has been located at 317 S. Greene St., across the street from the Carolina Theatre. As our law firm has expanded, we have outgrown that space. A Winston-Salem office opened in 2013, and in 2016 we leased additional office space in downtown Greensboro for some of our legal staff, as well as accounting and IT departments.

We’re excited to bring our Greensboro team back under one roof. Our Winston-Salem office will remain open.

The new headquarters building is located near St. Francis Episcopal Church and will be near the Lawndale Drive exit for the Greensboro Urban Loop. It will have ample parking for clients and staff, something the current downtown location does not offer.

The first floor of the new headquarters building will house attorney offices, conference rooms and other client-related areas.

“We worked for more than a year to design an office that works for our business, our employees and, most importantly, our clients,” Dawne Deuterman, the firm’s vice president said. “We will have a lot of room to grow in this new space.”