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Attorney Dottie Burch Named to Executive Committee of NC Horse Council

Dorothy Burch, Attorney at Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh was appointed to the North Carolina Horse Council Executive Committee

Raleigh, NC, April 15, 2011 --( Attorney Dottie Burch Appointed to Executive Committee for the North Carolina Horse Council

Dottie Burch, partner at Ragsdale Liggett PLLC law firm in Raleigh has been appointed to serve on the Executive Committee for the North Carolina Horse Council. The Executive Committee is the business management arm of the council, responsible for all financial and business decisions. She serves on the Board of Directors as well.

Executive Director of the Council, Sue Gray, says “Dottie brings a very distinct voice to the Executive Committee of the Board. She comes to us not only with insight as a horsewoman/ equestrian, but also as an Equine Law expert. As the nearly $2 billion equine industry grows in North Carolina, we are faced with complex issues such as land use, zoning, contracts and the business of owning horses. These types of issues demand clear thinking, technical skills and the legal knowledge which Dottie abundantly provides. We happily welcome her to this important committee.”

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About the North Carolina Horse Council:
The North Carolina Horse Council (NCHC) was formed in 1972 as a Non-Profit 501 (c) (5) Corporation by a group of concerned horse owners. Today the Council exists to represent and further the common interests of the entire equine industry in all 100 counties of North Carolina. Membership is comprised of volunteer individuals and groups from all breeds and types of horse activities including amateurs, professionals, hobbyists, commercial producers, riding clubs and large corporations.

The NCHC maintains effective government relations and works closely with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, county extension agents and higher education institutions throughout the state including NC State University and NC A & T University.

About Dottie Burch:
A partner at Ragsdale Liggett, Dorothy Bass Burch heads the law firm’s Equine Law practice. As one of the few firms in the state that practices equine law, the group handles numerous forms of corporate, real estate and litigation concerns. Dottie is an avid horsewoman with years of experience in the equine industry both from legal, business and personal perspectives. She serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Horse Council and was also recently appointed to the Council’s Executive Board.

Dottie Burch’s primary practice is in the firm’s corporate and real estate law departments, with focus in business law including day-today counsel, mergers and acquisitions, insurance regulatory law and commercial real estate transactions.

Ms. Burch is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and holds the esteemed Martindale Hubbell “AV” peer review rating. She has received numerous achievement awards which recognize her as an exemplary professional in North Carolina. She is active in several Triangle organizations that foster community relationships and professional development.

A Raleigh native, Dottie received her Bachelor’s degrees in American History and Political Science from Meredith College and received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

About Ragsdale Liggett PLLC:
The law firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC is comprised of lawyers with extensive legal expertise across a broad range of practice areas. Ragsdale Liggett is equipped to handle all of a business' legal needs, including formation, day-to-day business counseling, acquisition, disposition, merger and dissolution of companies, regardless of size. The diverse real estate group handles a wide variety of transactions, from residential purchases and sales to all aspects of commercial real estate development, including entity formation, final project completion, complex public and private bond financing transactions, and the privatization of university student housing. Since its formation in 1972, the firm has maintained an extraordinary reputation in civil litigation and appellate practice, enjoying significant courtroom successes ranging from local state courts to the United States Supreme Court. In addition to practicing in such areas of insurance/reinsurance coverage disputes, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA disputes, professional negligence defense, accountant’s liability actions, catastrophic personal injury defense and complex construction disputes, Ragsdale Liggett also maintains a well respected lobbying government relations and mediation groups and practices equine law as well.

For further contact:
Dorothy Bass Burch: 919-881-2206,
Sue Gray, Executive Director, North Carolina Horse Council: 919/854-1990,

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