Law firm to move into Mills


Staff Writer

Saturday, December 15, 2018

A longtime law firm is making a move to another location.

Poyner Spruill, which has offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Southern Pines, has signed a lease to move its 30-person Rocky Mount office to the main building of the Rocky Mount Mills.

Poyner Spruill will join Envolve Vision, the Rocky Mount Telegram and Life 103.1 to be the fourth corporate tenant in the 150-acre mixed-use development on the Tar River.

“Poyner Spruill is a pillar of the community in Rocky Mount, and we’re thrilled to have them join the family of companies moving to the Mills,” said Matt Honeycutt, real estate development manager of the Rocky Mount Mills.

The firm was formed in 1986 by the merger of two of North Carolina’s oldest law firms — Poyner, Geraghty, Hartsfield & Townsend of Raleigh and Spruill & Spruill of Rocky Mount and Raleigh. James M. Poyner, Marshall B. Hartsfield and John J. Geraghty founded the firm.

Frank S. Spruill established the Spruill & Spruill firm in Henderson. He later moved the firm to Rocky Mount in 1907. In 1988, Mark B. Edwards and Richard E. Thigpen Jr., then-president of the N.C. Bar Association, joined the firm and opened its office in Charlotte. In 2005, the Broughton & Broughton firm merged into Poyner Spruill, giving the firm an office in Southern Pines. The firm changed its name from Poyner & Spruill LLP to Poyner Spruill LLP in October 2008.

“Poyner Spruill’s roots in Rocky Mount are deep, dating back to the early 1900s,” said Tim Wilson, partner of Poyner Spruill in Rocky Mount. “Since that time, we’ve continued uninterrupted in our presence, service and leadership here in Rocky Mount and Eastern North Carolina. With this move to the historic Rocky Mount Mills, we’re renewing and strengthening our commitment here.”

Dan Cahill, managing partner of Poyner Spruill, said the expectation is for the law firm to move into its 8,000-square-foot redeveloped location in the fourth quarter of 2019. While the new space will be smaller than its current office at 130 S. Franklin St., Cahill said the space at the Mills will be a lot more efficient and a much more modern space.

He said the atmosphere and ambience surrounding the Mills campus that features a mix of breweries and restaurants could also serve as a recruiting tool when looking to bring on additional attorneys to the firm.

“That’s one of the opportunities that we hope will come from it, and the entire campus is evidence of real resurgence and renewal happening in Rocky Mount,” Cahill said. “This is a great environment for our attorneys to work and staff to serve our clients. We’re excited about continuing our century-old presence in a beautiful, historic building on the Tar River.”