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Firmly Connected Thru Family – The Hornthals Expand Their Family and Their Tradition of Excellence in Practice

Firmly Connected Thru Family – The Hornthals Expand Their Family and Their Tradition of Excellence in Practice

By – Ben Gallop

North Carolina has a long tradition of small to medium sized firms that have built their  practice providing a defense to those in need. Many of these firms have close ties to one another  through relationships that have developed over many years and generations. Two such firms are  Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP, which has three offices in northeastern North Carolina and Roberts & Stevens, P.A., which is based in Asheville. Despite their juxtaposition at opposite  corners of the State, there have long been both professional and personal connections between  the two firms. Both firms have family histories, and recently, their  firm  families have been connected by marriage

L P. “Tony” Hornthal and Jack Stevens met in law school during the early 1960’s and  over the years  became close friends. They served together for many years on the board of  directors of Lawyers Mutual, and Tony succeeded Jack as President of the North Carolina Bar  Association in 1996. Tony cannot think of a “closer friend in the world” than Jack and sincerely  appreciates Jack’s “adoption”  of  his youngest son when  Lang Hornthal located his business,  Appalachian Designs, to Asheville in the mid-1990’s. Tony and Jack and their wives, Harriett and Cissie, have spent many vacations together and have often traveled abroad with each other.
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