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Sherman Lee Criner

Sherman boasts an extensive education, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.

Campbell University, Norman A. Wiggins School of Law
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Juris Doctor, 1990 – 1993

Campbell University, Lundy-Fetterman School of Business
Buies Creek, North Carolina
Masters Business Administration, 1991 – 1993

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political Science / Criminal Justice, 1984 – 1988

Wilmington, North Carolina
December 2006 – present

Wilmington, North Carolina
January 2003 – present

Hedrick, Blackwell & Criner, L.L.P.
Wilmington, North Carolina
August 1994 – December 2002

North Carolina Industrial Commission
Raleigh, North Carolina
Agency Legal Specialist, January 1994 – August 1994

North Carolina Employment Security Commission
Raleigh, North Carolina
Claims Adjudicator, October 1993 – January 1994

United States
United States Supreme Court, 1998-present
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1998-present
United States District Court, Eastern District North Carolina, 1995-present
American Bar Association
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, member

North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar, 1994-present
North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, Member
– Mediation Committee Chairman 2001-2004North Carolina Bar
Association, Trial Practice Curriculum Committee 2003-present
North Carolina Bar Association, Hispanic and Latino Committee 2002-present
New Hanover County Bar Association

South Carolina
South Carolina State Bar, 2001-present
South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association 2001-present

North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
-Re-Appointment by Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake for 2005-2008
-Appointment by Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake for 2002-2005
-Mediator Certification and Training Committee, Chairman 2004-present
-Mediator Certification and Training Committee 2002-present

North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Member
-Nominating Committee, 2006-2007
-Section Counsel, 2008-2011
-Co-Chair Ethics & Professionalism 2008-present
-Section Counsel, 2000-2003
-Membership Committee Chairman, 1999-2002

North Carolina Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section
-Mediation Committee, Chairman 2001-2002

Harvard Law School, Advanced Negotiation: Making Difficult Conversations Productive, Program
of Instruction for Lawyers at Program on Negotiation, June 16-18, 2008

North Carolina Clerk Mediation Program Certified Mediator, February 1, 2007-present

North Carolina Dispute Resolution Certified Equitable Distribution and Other Family Financial Cases Mediator, March 13, 2001-present
Mediation, Inc. Family and Divorce Mediation Training, February 4, 2001

District Court Certified Arbitrator, 1999-present

American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section

North Carolina Industrial Commission Certified Mediator, July 1, 1998-present

North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court Mediator, July 1, 1998-present

Duke University Private Adjudication Center Superior Court Mediation Training, April 26, 1998

Prior, Criner & Edwards, P.L.L.C. d/b/a THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAW FIRM &
Partner, 2005-present.

President, 2002-present.

M.E.S.S. Holdings, LLC, President, July 13, 2005-present.

H.B.C., L.L.C., Partner, 2000-2008.

Hedrick, Blackwell & Criner, L.L.P., Partner 1999-2002.

North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry 1999-present
-Legal Issues and Workplace Policies Committee 2001-present

Soleil Group, Consultant 2005-present

Welcome Hotels, Inc., Board of Directors 1998-2005

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce 1995-present
-Board of Directors ex officio member seat of Wilmington Jaycees 2002-2004
-Recruiting Stakeholders Committee 2000
-Local Government Affairs Committee 1995-present

North Carolina Azalea Festival
-62nd President 2008-2009
-President-Elect 2007-2008
-Vice President 2006-2007
-Treasurer 2005-2006
-Assistant Treasurer 2004-2005
-Assistant Secretary 2003-2004
-Chairman Housing Committee 2001-2003
-Co-Chairman Housing Committee 2000-2001
-Vice-Chairman Circus Committee 1999-2000

New Hanover County Board of Social Services
-Chairman 1999-2003
-Board Member 1998-2004

Kentucky Colonel, Commissioned 2001
-Five Star Counsel, 2002-present

Wilmington East Rotary 1996-present
-President 2005-2006
-President-Elect 2004-2005
-Paul Harris Fellow
-Treasurer 1997

The Parenting Place of the Exchange Clubs, Board Member August 2004-present

New Hanover County Child Fatality Prevention Team December 1998-2003

Teen Leadership Experience Steering Council 1998-1999

Wilmington Kiwanis 1995-present

Wilmington Jaycees 1995-2007
-Jaycee of the Month for January 2002
-Board of Directors 1998
-Chairman of Homeless Shelter 1995-2005
-Outstanding Committee Chairman, November 1996-March 1997

North Carolina State University
-Park Scholarship Regional Committee 2001-present
-Wolfpack Club
-Lifetime Alumni Member

Little Chapel on The Boardwalk (Presbyterian)
-Lifetime Elder, ordained December 10, 2006
-Outreach Committee 2006-2009
-Moderator 2008-2009

City Club de Rossett 1999-present

Wilmington Historical Association

Thalian Association 1993-present

Notary Public

American Mensa International
-lifetime membership


Cape Fear Soccer Association
-Coach U6 Coed Criner Law Firm, Spring 2005
-Coach U8 Girls, Criner Law Firm, Fall 2004
-Coach U5 Coed Criner Law Firm, Fall 2004
-Coach U8 Girls, Criner Law Firm, Spring 2004
-Coach U5 Coed, Criner Law Firm, Spring 2004
-Coach U7 Girls, Workers’ Comp, Fall 2003
-Coach U7 Girls, Workers’ Comp, Spring 2003

Costal Pop Warner Football
-Assistant Coach of Mighty Mite Cowboys White, 2005

February 16, 2008 – Presenter on Workers’ Compensation Mediation, at Getting Ahead of the ‘Comp’etition: Key Issues in Workers’ Compensation Law, NCBA Workers, Compensation Section 2008 Annual Meeting.

February 1, 2008 – Alternative Dispute Resolution & Workers’ Compensation, , Wilmington Family YMCA, Senior Men’s Club.

May 11. 2006 – Presenter on Ethics When Mediators Listen, People Talk: Understanding the Law, the Parties and the Process,
NCBA Dispute Resolution Section 2006 Annual Meeting.

February 18, 2006 – Presenter on Ethics at Changes, Challenges and Chatter: Important Information About the Current State of NC Workers’ Compensation Law, NCBA Workers’ Compensation Section 2006 Annual Meeting.

Author of Workers’ Compensation In North Carolina, 2nd Edition, Legal Reference Series for the North Carolina Citizens for Industry and Business (Copyright 2005)

March 18, 2005 – Presenter on Ethics at Mediators – More Than Messengers, NCBA Dispute Resolution Council 2005 Annual Meeting.

February 24, 2005 – Presenter for International Paper State Conference on Workers’ Compensation.

October 29, 2004 – Presenter for Morris York Williams Surles & Barringer, L.L.P.
Achieve The Best Outcome — Tools for Successful Defense and Resolution of Claims CLE on Mediation

August 28, 2004 – Presenter for Career Day at Roseville Baptist Church on College Scholarships

June 3, 2004 – Course planner on Workers’ Compensation for Mediators: Training for The Commission Certified Neutral, NCBA.

March 19, 2004 – Presenter on Mediation in Workers’ Compensation, NCBA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting.

March 16, 2004 – Presenter on College Scholarships, Heidi Trask High School.

November 9, 2002 – Presenter on Workers Compensation, H.O.L.A. Latino Legal Educational Seminar.

October 1, 2002 – Presenter on Mediation, 7th Annual North Carolina Industrial Commission Educational Conference.

September 26, 2002 – Guest Instructor on Alternative Dispute Resolution, UNC-W Mediation and Conflict Management.

Author of Workers’ Compensation In North Carolina, Legal Reference Series for the North Carolina Citizens for Industry and Business (Copyright 2002)

April 22, 2002 – Guest Lecturer on Leadership, Campbell University Business School.

April 4, 2002 – North Carolina Association of Self-Insurers Conference, The Art of Mediation, Wilmington, NC

August 28, 2001 – Lorman Workers’ Compensation Seminar, The Art of Mediation, Wilmington, NC

August 2, 2001 – Wilmington Star News, Welfare Reform Shows Progress, published article

May 200 – The Intermediary, NCBA Dispute Resolution Section Newsletter, Market Approach Preferred, published article

December 2, 2000 – Wilmington Star News, Imbalance of Power, Top Court Overreaches Itself, published article

May 1999 – Southern Rehabilitation Annual Seminar in South Carolina, Panel Participant Representing North Carolina Attorneys, Myrtle Beach, SC

Children – Meredith Rae Criner, Elizabeth Lee Criner, Sherman Louis Criner