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Public Service

Our firm has long recognized that lawyers have special responsibilities for public service. We encourage our lawyers to give of their time and talents, not only to our profession, but to our communities. Actions speak louder than words.

Professional Service and Honors
Members of our firm have served as president of the North Carolina State Bar (NCSB); twice as presidents of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA); on the governing bodies of both those organizations; appointed positions in public bodies overseeing discipline of judges and lawyers; leadership positions in various bar organizations; and have received numerous professional honors. A few specific examples of commitment to our ideal of public service by individual lawyers:

Tony Hornthal: President, NCBA, 1996-1997; N.C. Judicial Standards Commission 2007-; NCSB Disciplinary Hearing Commission, 1986 - 1992 . American College of Trial Lawyers, 1986 -; Board of Directors, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina, 1987 - (Chairman, Claims Committee, 2007 -); President, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys 1984-1985; NCBA Tort Reform Study Commission, 1987-1988.

Hood Ellis: NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame induction, June, 2005; NCSB Disciplinary Hearing Commission; Chairman 2007, N.C. Board of Elections, Chairman 1989-1993.

Charlie Ogletree: NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame, inducted June, 1999; Councilor, Second Judicial District Bar, 9 years.

Don Prentiss: Councilor, NCSB, 2004- ; presently serving on the Grievance and Administrative Committees of the NCSB, Board Member (6 years) - Legal Services of N.C.

Robert Hobbs: Chair, Real Property Section, NC Bar Association, 2009-10; Real Property Section Council, NC Bar Association, 2004 -; Chair, Law Practice Management Section, NC Bar Association, 1991-92; Law Practice Management Section Council, 1988-93, NC Bar Association; Board of Governors, NC Bar Association, 1993-96; Membership Recruitment and Retention Committee, NC Bar Association, 1997-98; Strategic Planning Committee, NC Bar Association, 2004-08; Real Property Specialization Committee, NC State Bar, 1997-2002; General Counsel, Roanoke Island Historical Association (producer of The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama) 2008 -.

John Leidy: First President of the N.C. Association of Community College Attorneys, October, 2007; Board of Directors of the Conference of School Attorneys, 2008 - .

Ben Gallop: member of the NCBA Technology Advisory Committee, 2006- .

Vann Irvin: Board of Directors, College of the Albemarle Foundation.


Firm Administrator, Gayle Eason is serving a three year term on the NCBA Law Practice Management Section Council beginning in 2008.

Community Service
Firm members have given back to their communities over the years. Examples:

  • drive chairmen for numerous public and charitable public drives;
  • officers and directors of chambers of commerce;
  • numerous leadership positions in civic clubs;
  • trustees/directors of the Museum of the Albemarle, Albemarle Area Arts Council, Roanoke Island Historical Association, Albemarle Manna, Albemarle Hopeline; Elizabeth City and Dare Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of Elizabeth City, Crime Line and three community foundations.

On a regular basis, several members of our firm will be serving on vestries and administrative boards of their churches. Our lawyers have served as instructors at Elizabeth City State University, College of the Albemarle and North Carolina Academy of Real Estate. Our members have conducted seminars for the public on various topics, including Wage and Hour Law; Employment Law; and Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.

Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland - A Full Service North Carolina Law Firm for over 100 years

From the HRE&M News Room

Phillip Hornthal Receives Citizen Lawyer Award
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Tara Mochrie, Summer 2017 Law Clerk, awarded Wake County Bar Association (WCBA) Memorial Scholarship
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Tom White receives the Martin Kellogg Distinguished Service Award
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