Hutchens Law Firm has added attorneys Graham Kidner as General Counsel and Shiann Schmidt as an associate focusing on creditor's rights and civil litigation, in the firm's Fayetteville, North Carolina, office.
As General Counsel for Hutchens Law Firm, Kidner is involved in client relations, development activities, firm compliance, and mortgage default and civil litigation. Kidner's previous experience includes working in Freddie Mac's legal division for 21 years. As the Managing Associate General Counsel for Freddie Mac, Kidner had oversight of all single-family loan level litigation that affected Freddie Mac loans nationwide. He also managed Freddie Mac's Designated Counsel Program, which at one point was comprised of 100 law firms in 27 states that handled about 80 percent of all the Enterprise's foreclosures.
Kidner has a bachelor of law degree from The University of Leeds, England, and passed the Solicitors' Final Examinations after attending The College of Law in Guildford, England. He obtained a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law after moving to the United States. He is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and various federal district and appellate courts.
Schmidt received her Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia. While at Regent, she served as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. Schmidt and her teammate gained national recognition in 2012 at the National Negotiations Competition. Her law experience includes servicing as Assistant District Attorney in Hoke County, North Carolina, prosecuting offenses such as domestic violence, drug crimes, property crimes, DWIs, traffic offense, and personal crimes. She also graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Economics, Policy & Management from Oregon State University.
Hutchens Law Firm is based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and also has offices in Wilmington and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as Columbia, South Carolina. While the firm offers client representation in many areas of law, the issues handled as part of the firm's creditors' rights services include loss mitigation, foreclosure, eviction, consumer litigation, bankruptcy, and REO.