Our Support Staff
Meet Our Support Staff
Our knowledgeable and helpful support staff makes all the difference.
Tom joined CBLW in February of 2006. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and has two associate degrees in business and law enforcement. He serves as the firm administrator responsible for HR and operations management, vendor support, and facilities. Tom is an Army Reserve officer and combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
April joined CBLW in 1987, as an assistant in the estate administration, estate planning, and fiduciary tax department under the primary supervision of Cowles Liipfert. Over the past 27 years, with hard work and determination, she has focused on estate and trust administration and fiduciary income tax practice and fill-in Information Technology person, when needed. She currently continues to work in fiduciary law but has assumed responsibility as Controller of the law firm’s finances. April has been a member of the NC Paralegal Division since its inception in 1997, and is an active member at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church and served as Senior Warden (2 years of 3 year term) on the Vestry.
Jill joined the firm in February 2010. Jill works within the litigation department and assists William W. Walker, H. David Niblock and Susan J. Ryan. Although her duties are too many to list, she primarily works with the attorneys in various litigation matters including drafting pleadings and discovery, preparing documents for filing with Clerks in many counties, and works one on one with clients. Jill is happily married and has two boys who are very involved in sports, which keeps her extra busy in her spare time.
Dodi Shore, NCCP
Dodi has been an employee of Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker, LLP since 1992. She attended West Virginia Career College and is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal. She works in the Trust Administration practice area. She prepares fiduciary accountings (quarterly and annual), pays client bills, and prepares annual court accountings along with any necessary verifications to the clerk’s office in various counties. Currently, she is also a proud member of the Workplace Enhancement Committee for the firm. Dodi enjoys performing, writing and recording music, tae kwon do, astronomy, crafts and hiking. Dodi has also been known as the firm’s resident hippie!
Karen joined Craige Brawley in December 1972. She graduated from Brevard College with an A.A. degree, concentrating in the Secretarial Science program. As a Legal Assistant, she works primarily in the preparation and proofreading of documents in the Estate Planning and Elder Law practice areas. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching her grandchildren’s soccer and baseball games, volunteering at Clemmons Food Pantry and also with Red Cross blood drives in her church community.
Tara joined Craige Brawley in May of 2015. She received her Paralegal Degree from Forsyth Technical Community College. She works in Estate and Guardianship Administration. She meets with clients, obtains information needed for the process and prepares and files the required documents with the Clerk’s offices in various counties. She is married with a son and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, crocheting, playing various types of games, and watching her youngest daughter play travel softball.
Amy joined Craige Brawley in February 2005, but has worked with David Niblock since 1992. She works as a legal assistant in the litigation department. In her spare time, Amy enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.
Brice joined Craige Brawley in September of 2013 after 30 years of service in the Estates Division of the Clerk of Court Office. He received degrees in business management and economics from N.C. State University in 1983. He works in the Estate Administration practice area. He schedules appointments, meets with clients, obtains information needed for the estate administration process and prepares and files the required documents with the clerk’s offices in various counties. Brice enjoys playing golf, ACC football and basketball and collecting old cameras.
Joy has a decade of experience as a legal assistant in the Winston-Salem area. She joined Craige Brawley in the Spring of 2014 as the newest member of the Special Needs Trust Administration team. She assists in making purchases and processing invoices, schedules Trustee Council meetings and prepares meeting minutes, obtains documents needed to prepare Trust taxes, and ensures that records are up to date. When she is not at Craige Brawley she participates in a Bible education ministry, and in her spare time she likes to enjoy good food, live music and travel with friends and family.
Melissa joined Craige Brawley in February of 2005. As the firm’s receptionist, she greets clients when they come in, answers and directs all phone calls to the appropriate party, schedules conference rooms, manages all incoming and outgoing packages, opens all new client files and provides client maintenance throughout the entire process. Melissa has one beautiful daughter. She enjoys going to the gym, playing with her dog Kingston, visiting San Diego, and being around friends and family.
Lisa joined Craige Brawley in November of 2011, with 13 years of experience in the legal field and 12 years of experience in the medical field. As a legal assistant, she works in the Elder Law and Long Term Care Planning practice area. Her previous experience in both fields gives her the compassion and knowledge to better assist our clients and their families throughout the Long Term Care Planning process. She schedules client and attorney appointments, meets with new and established clients to obtain needed information, prepares and updates client files, and drafts and processes various legal documents as well as general correspondence. Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Lisa is active in her church, as well as her son’s various school and sports organizations.
Tanya joined Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker, LLP in December of 2002. She received her Paralegal degree from Forsyth Technical Community College. At CBLW, she is the first point of contact for all real estate matters. She enjoys cooking, playing golf, traveling, and spending time with her family. She lives in Oak Ridge with her husband Billy. They have three children and two dogs.
Certified Public Accountant
Tim is a CPA with an aptitude for analytical thinking, which complements the accounting and tax work CBLW offers. He enjoys knowing that on a daily basis, his efforts are providing benefits and understanding to others in a complex and ever changing world of compliance. Hobbies: Playing tennis, golf, swimming, and hiking. Education: BSBA with a major in Finance and a MS in Accounting with a concentration in Federal Tax, both degrees from Appalachian State University Boone NC.
Special Needs Trust Coordinator
Kathy joined Craige Brawley in 2001. She has extensive experience working with families of special needs children and helping them to acquire items that will enhance the child’s quality of life.
Mary joined Craige Brawley Liipfert & Walker in March of 2007. She is an office assistant and brings to the firm 16 years of experience as an administrative assistant. Mary is coordinator of records management which includes creating and updating numerous spreadsheets for documentation and tracking of all records offsite. She orders office supplies and forms and communicates with vendors. Mary enjoys spending time with her family and three grandchildren, traveling, tending her perennial flower and rose gardens, and playing with her four dogs.
Mary Jane Guilfoyle
Mary Jane joined Craige Brawley in July 2005. As the Billing Coordinator she handles all client billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, gardening and reading.
Jane joined Craige Brawley in February of 2005. She left in January of 2007 to assist her husband in his business, but returned to the firm in July of 2008. She is a legal assistant in the Estate Planning department and Estates department. She also assists in tax preparation along with scheduling appointments, meeting with clients and obtaining information needed for the estate administration process. Jane enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband, three sons, and her grandchildren.
Charlie joined CBLW in November of 2006. He works in the Special Needs Trust practice area. He schedules appointments, meets with clients, and obtains information needed for the trust administration process. Charlie enjoys movies, football, fishing, and taking trips with his family.
Darlene joined CBLW in February, 2014 as a part-time Office Assistant. She assists with phone coverage, courier duties and backup assistance for other staff. She lives in Stokes County and is retired from Stokes County Government. She enjoys watching her grandchildren participate in sports, traveling and spending long weekends at the beach or mountains.
Claudia joined Craige Brawley in July of 2013. She attended the University of South Florida and the University of Miami – School of Paralegal Studies and is a Notary Public. She works in the Estate Planning, Tax and Corporate practice areas. She schedules client and attorney appointments and drafts and processes various legal documents, as well as general correspondence. She is currently a member of the firm’s Safety and Wellness Committee. While away from the office, Claudia enjoys traveling, playing golf, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She is an avid UM fan – Go Canes!
Shannon joined Craige Brawley in October of 2011. She received her BA in English from Salem College in 2002 and is a Notary Public. She works in the Estate Planning, Tax and Corporate practice areas. She schedules client and attorney appointments and drafts and processes various legal documents, as well as general correspondence. She is currently a member of the Workplace Enhancement Committee. While away from the office, Shannon enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is an avid Duke fan and loves the Dallas Cowboys.