McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorneys Emily L. Nenni and Douglas J. Tate were honored with Pro Bono Service Awards at the 28th Judicial District Bar luncheon on April 10. Each year Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar give Pro Bono Service Awards to attorneys from the local bar that have demonstrated exemplary commitment to pro bono service to those in need in Western North Carolina. Nenni and Tate are also nominated by Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar for statewide pro bono awards given by the North Carolina Bar Association.
Emily Nenni, a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, focuses her practice on matters including civil litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law, entertainment law, personal injury and estate litigation. Emily has assisted in litigating cases in North Carolina state court on matters of complex commercial litigation and estate litigation, including jury trials and administrative hearings.
Nenni is an ongoing contributor to Pisgah Legal Services’ Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers program and provides pro bono services through many Pisgah Legal Services and North Carolina Bar Association community clinics. She serves as Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the 28th Judicial District Bar, Liaison to the Western Chapter of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, and is a member of Leadership Asheville Forum.
Doug Tate assists clients with a wide range of debt collection matters. A partner at McGuire, Wood & Bissette, where he focuses his practice on Creditor’s Rights, Tate handles matters in the fields of general business litigation and negotiation, and landlord-tenant including evictions, debt collection, foreclosure and creditor-side bankruptcy. He also practices in the area of Animal Law, a niche practice area in which he combines his knowledge and experience of animal-related matters with his personal interest in animal compassion.
Tate serves on the boards of OnTrack Financial, Asheville Humane Society and the N.C. Horse Council. He is the former President of the 28th Judicial District Bar, a former member of Pisgah Legal Services Board of Directors and Executive Committee, a former Hope for Horses board member and has served on the United Way Campaign Cabinet for the legal division. He is also a volunteer judge for Buncombe County Teen Court, a diversion program for first time offenders.