York County trial lawyer makes Top 100 list

January 12, 2014 

Local trial lawyer makes Top 100 list

Jack G. Leader, a partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm, has been selected as a member into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2013.

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization of America’s top trial lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and is extended to individuals exemplifying superior qualifications, trial results and leadership in South Carolina civil plaintiff law.

Leader has been practicing law since 1971 and joined Elrod Pope Law Firm in 1989. The firm serves clients with personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, social security disability and medical malpractice matters. He also serves as Elrod Pope’s chief litigator for social security disability cases.

Leader is an undergraduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is licensed to practice before the State of South Carolina, the District of South Carolina Federal Court and the United States Supreme Court. Jack is also a member of the York County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice and the America Association for Justice.

Elrod Pope Law Firm has offices in Rock Hill at 212 E. Black St. and by appointment only in Lake Wylie at 264 Latitude Lane, suite 102.

Free financial workshops offered

Family Trust Federal Credit Union will offer a free money management workshop series at its Clover and Fort Mill locations beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The series, “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom” will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Basic budgeting will be the first topic presented Jan. 14 at the Clover office, 1219 Highway 55 E. The speaker will be Jennifer Panther, certified financial counselor at Financially Focused Inc.

Registration is available at familytrust.org/knowyourdough or call 803-326-2187. Handouts will be provided.

Other Clover workshops: Improve Your Credit Score, Feb. 11; Home-Buying Made Easy, March 11; Growing Old is No Place for Sissies, April 7.

Fort Mill workshop: Home-Buying Made Easy, Feb. 4.

Speakers will include representatives from Family Trust’s Mortgage Service Center and Mitchell Payne of Warner, Payne and Black. Participants will be entered to win prizes at each workshop.

Restaurant Week begins Friday

The winter installment of the semi-annual Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week runs Friday, Jan. 17, to Jan. 26, featuring 117 upscale restaurants in the metro Charlotte area offering three courses or more at dinner for $30 per person (not including tax and gratuity).

First-time restaurant participants include Nan and Byron’s in South End; Tanner’s Bistro & Lounge in uptown Charlotte; Chillfire Bar & Grill and Trattoria Al Gusto in the Lake Norman area; Rodi Med-American Grill in Gastonia; Stone Mountain Grill in Ballantyne; and Fish Market Bar and Grill in Fort Mill.

Visit CharlotteRestaurantWeek.com to see participating restaurants’ prix fixe menus and reservation information.

Budget Bootcamp begins Jan. 21

Pam Horak of Pathfinder Planning LLC is offering Budget Bootcamp from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21-Feb. 11, location to be determined. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 14.

This four-week workshop for couples will help shape up the family budget, strengthen savings, curb debt and work toward building wealth. Topics include budgeting, saving, debt management, insurance, estate planning and retirement for an action plan guide to meet specific goals.

To learn more, visit pathfinderplanningllc.com/choose-your-path.html.

Gaston Regional Chamber president resigns

John Kimbrell has resigned as president and chief executive of the Gaston Regional Chamber effective Feb. 21 to become executive vice president of the Greater Greenville, S.C., Chamber of Commerce.

Kimbrell assumed the presidency of the Gaston Chamber in February 2010 following the departure of Elyse Cochrane, who left to become director of economic development for the Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce.

The executive committee has appointed Alison Cookson, senior vice president as the interim president. A search committee will be appointed by the chamber board to begin the process of hiring the next president.

Business health fair Jan. 29

The Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, Piedmont Medical Center and The Heart2Heart Foundation will hold a health and wellness fair for York County businesses on Jan. 29 at the Palmetto Room, 150 E. White St.

Local business employees may drop by the health fair from 8 a.m. to noon to take advantage of free health screenings, and receive information about wellness programs and services available in York County.

The event is a kick-off to Heart Month and Piedmont Medical Center will offer free heart health screenings, which include cholesterol, BMI, blood glucose and blood pressure checks. Advance Heart Health Risk Assessments, which includes blood work, a 12-lead EKG and a review by a board-certified cardiologist, will be offered for $39.95 and can be scheduled by calling 803-329-1234, ext. 2. Both heart health screenings require fasting prior to the event.

Admission is free and there will be door prizes. Visit TheHeart2HeartFoundation.org for more information.

Join Gaston networking program

The Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Prospects Pipeline meets at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the chamber office, 601 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.

Each participant has an allotted time to talk about their business and its value.

Register to attend at gastonchamber.com.

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