George Hanna and Kimberly Zirkle to be formally honored at NCBA Annual Meeting

Moore & Van Allen PLLC is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) has named Litigation Member George V. Hanna III a recipient of the 2014 Citizen Lawyer Award, and Financial Services Associate Kimberly Easter Zirkle the recipient of the 2014 William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award.  Hanna and Zirkle will be formally presented with their respective awards at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington on June 20. 

Moore & Van Allen Member George Hanna is a veteran litigator, arbitrator and mediator with extensive experience in business and construction disputes.  He was selected for the Citizen Lawyer Award by the NCBA and the Citizen Lawyer Committee.  The Award was established to recognize and thank lawyers who, in addition to their legal work, exemplify the ideals of a citizen lawyer by volunteering their time for worthy community or civic causes to improve the quality of life of those in their local or statewide communities.  It recognizes role models who inspire other lawyers to invest their time and talents in service-oriented activities.  Hanna’s commitment to such initiatives is demonstrated within the Firm and throughout the region.  

Hanna was a founding member and immediate past chair of the Firm’s Public Service Committee, and the founder and first chair of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.  He is a past president of the Mecklenburg County Bar and Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, a former chair of Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP), the Children’s Law Center (now the Council for Children’s Rights) and currently serves on the LSSP board.  Hanna was a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Committee for 10 years, and served on the Board of the North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center.  He also served on the NCBA’s Pro Bono Planning Committee for nearly a decade.  He started the Hispanic Outreach Task Force, participates with the Community Building Initiative, and has been actively involved in the Charlotte YMCA for almost 40 years.  In 2012, Legal Aid of North Carolina, LSSP and the Council for Children’s Rights jointly recognized George as the inaugural recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Moore & Van Allen Associate Kimberly Zirkle practices in the areas of mezzanine finance, private equity and venture capital.  She was selected for the William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award, which is awarded to the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, by members of the NCBA Pro Bono Activities Committee.  The Award is presented annually to an attorney who has provided exemplary legal services without a fee.  Particular consideration is given to lawyers whose voluntary contributions have resulted in the increased access to legal services on the part of low-income people. 

Zirkle spearheads the Firm’s partnership with the Mecklenburg County Judicial Pro Se Project’s Self-Serve Center, and uses her work there to identify clients in need of pro bono custody and other family law cases.  Her pro bono area of focus is family law, helping immigrant populations with custody and domestic violence cases specifically.  Zirkle was named the 2013 recipient of Moore & Van Allen’s hallmark Sally & Bill Van Allen Public Service Award.  She is an active member of the Firm’s Public Service Committee, and also volunteers her time to guest lecture at area high schools, educating students on the topics of safe relationships and the dangers of dating violence.  Zirkle was a Mecklenburg County Bar featured pro bono volunteer and named one of The Mecklenburg Times’ “50 Most Influential Women” in 2010.  She received the Jane V. Harper Pro Bono Attorney Award and was named a Charlotte Business Journal “40 Under 40” in 2009. 


About Moore & Van Allen

As one of the largest law firms in the Southeast, Moore & Van Allen PLLC is committed to giving back to the communities in which it serves.  The Firm’s nearly 300 attorneys, along with staff, endeavor and encourage others to advance this commitment by volunteering both time and talents to beneficial projects and organizations of their choosing.  Individuals from the Firm’s Charlotte and Research Triangle, North Carolina offices, and Charleston, South Carolina office, are collectively involved in more than 300 civic, arts and charitable organizations.  To formalize efforts, Moore & Van Allen established its internal Public Service Committee in 2001.  The Firm received the Mecklenburg County Bar Association’s Outstanding Collaborative Pro Bono Project award for the Domestic Violence Project in 2013, and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Large Firm Pro Bono award in 2012.  Attorneys and staff are also individually honored, both internally and externally, for their involvement on a regular basis.