Womble Carlyle had a strong presence at the Federal Bar Association Middle District of North Carolina Chapter’s Fall CLE and Banquet.

  • Christa Burger and Gemma Saluta gave a presentation titled “It’s All About Location, Location, Location: Remand and Removal in North Carolina.”
  • Sonny Haynes authored an article titled “Be Reasonable:  Qualified Immunity, After-Discovered Facts, and the Case of Hernandez v. Mesa” for the Federal Bar Association MDNC Chapter’s Middle Ground newsletter. Jamie Dean edited the newsletter as part of his responsibilities as the Young Lawyer Division Chair.
  • Burger, Dean, Saluta and Patrick Spaugh all attended the CLE and banquet.

Also in attendance were U.S. District Court Judges Loretta Biggs, Catherine Eagles and Tom Schroeder and Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake.


The event took place October 20th at the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Christa Burger is a young litigator with a broad range of experience defending complex mass tort and business matters, including class actions, contracts, negligence, and products liability claims.  Her practice also involves counseling corporate clients on a variety of marketing and regulatory issues, including product labeling, public relations, and responding to inquiries from state and federal agencies.

Jamie Dean’s practice involves complex civil litigation in areas including commercial and consumer finance, insurance coverage and bad faith claim handling, commercial real estate, products liability, professional negligence, trade secret misappropriation and employee dishonesty, contract disputes, and business torts. 

Sonny Haynes’ litigation practice includes representing local governmental bodies, law enforcement agencies, and local elected officials. She has experience litigating constitutional claims under Section 1983, employment discrimination claims, and wrongful death cases.

Gemma Saluta defends manufacturers, sellers, distributors and other businesses in product liability litigation. She also has experience counseling health care providers regarding medical records privacy issues, cases involving incentive loans to recruit doctors and workers’ compensation matters.

Patrick Spaugh focuses his practice on assisting clients in complex commercial disputes.