James, McElroy & Diehl Announces Three New Partners

July 11, 2019 (Charlotte, N.C.)—James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A. (JMD) is pleased to announce that attorneys Jon R. Burns, Christopher T. Hood, and Caroline T. Mitchell have been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective July 1, 2019.

“This is a significant milestone for these talented lawyers, who are already sought out by our clients,” said Catherine Barnes, managing partner. “Their election to the partnership is a continuation of our firm’s standard of exceptional client advocacy.”

Jon Burns practices in family law, including the issues of child custody, child support, spousal support (post separation support and alimony), equitable distribution and domestic violence. Before joining JMD, Jon served for more than five years as an assistant district attorney in Iredell and Alexander counties where he gained valuable litigation experience and top-notch trial advocacy skills. Jon is a member of North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense Section and New Lawyers Division. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chris Hood focuses his practice on civil litigation and appeals. Chris has represented a variety of businesses and individuals in litigation before both trial and appellate state courts. He also has previous experience in litigation and appeals in family law matters. Chris was recently named for a fifth year to North Carolina Super Lawyers in various areas, including as a “Rising Star” in Construction Litigation in 2018 and 2019. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Wake Forest University, and earned his Juris Doctor from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Caroline Mitchell’s family law practice encompasses premarital agreements, separation agreements, equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, child custody, alienation of affection, criminal conversation, and appeals. A 2019 graduate of the Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Caroline serves on the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors and is the Vice Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Family Law Section. She was recently admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Caroline is a member of the Mint Museum Auxiliary and the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Rose Council. Caroline earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Richmond, and she earned her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.