White & Allen Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers List


Jan 29, 2013

C. Gray Johnsey and Matthew S. Sullivan, both longtime members in the firm of White & Allen, P.A. have been selected for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Johnsey was selected in the Trusts and Estates specialty and Sullivan was selected in the Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiff’s specialty.

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey comprising more than 2,000,000 confidential evaluations made by top attorneys from all over the United States.  Because no fee or purchase is associated with Best Lawyers or its selections, inclusion is considered to be a unique honor.

Johnsey has handled tax, probate, and estate and business planning matters in Eastern North Carolina for more than 30 years.  He is a board-certified specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  Johnsey is a member of the Southeastern Trust School Faculty at Campbell University.

Johnsey received his undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from East Carolina University; his law degree (J.D.) from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University; and his Master of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Florida.

Sullivan’s practice is concentrated in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, industrial accidentswrongful deathworkers’ compensationcommercial and general civil litigation. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Bar Associations, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association, the Lenoir County Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and The Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court.

Sullivan received his undergraduate degree (B.S., magna cum laude) in the administration of justice and public affairs in 1990, at Virginia  Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University where he was the Wiggins Scholar, Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review, Paul Dennis Award Recipient, and inducted into the International Order of Barristers. Matt received his Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) in 1995.

White & Allen, P.A. is a full-service law firm that has offered a wide range of legal services to Eastern North Carolina since 1927.  The firm has offices in Kinston, New Bern, and Snow Hill.  Its practice includes emphases in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, civil litigation, personal injury, commercial law, corporate law, criminal law, elder law, employee benefits, employment law, estate planning, and administration, family
law, health care law, real estate, and tax planning.