Hutchens Law Firm attorney Michael B. Stein has received the highest rating for the legal profession, an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and Hutchens associate attorney Lanee Borsman has been named the 2014 Chief Justice Service Award winner by the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) .
Stein has been practicing in the area of creditors' rights for 20 years. His primary areas of focus have been assisting clients with pursuing and collecting outstanding debt through various means, including lawsuits, pre-litigation negotiations, and structured payment agreements, in addition to counseling clients on best practices in debt collection. Stein also assists clients with post-judgment collections and remedies that include property repossession, foreclosure, and eviction.
Stein is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Creditors Bar Association, and the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, and he is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in North Carolina. He received his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
An objective indicator of high ethical standards and professional ability, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are generated from evaluations of lawyers by other bar and judiciary members in the U.S. and Canada. Lawyers usually receive their first review to establish a rating three years after his or her admission to the bar, and a minimum number of responses is required to establish a rating.
Borsman has been volunteering with the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program for a year and a half, and an unusually high level of volunteerism netted her this year's Chief Justice Service Award. The LAP is a service provided by the North Carolina State Bar that provides confidential assistance to North Carolina Lawyers helping them identify and overcome problems with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health disorders.The program relies on lawyer volunteers who have training or personal experience with overcoming addictions or mental health issues.
The LAP said that Borsman, who serves on both the program's board of directors and its foundation board, "has volunteered in practically every capacity available. Despite a busy work schedule, (Borsman) is always willing to speak … tell a personal story … participated in LAP interventions, visited lawyers needing support, served as a liaison to meetings, mentored and monitored clients under a LAP recovery contract, and provided testimonial for a new website. In many ways, she served as adjunct LAP staff this year."
Borsman received her Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she is a member of both the North Carolina and American Bar Associations.
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.