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NC GALA is an organization made up of gay and straight attorneys who support the needs of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender community. Many people in this community are afraid of being judged and worry that their needs will not be understood. We provide referrals to attorneys who are non-judgmental, enlightened, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our member attorneys have vast experience with LGBT issues in many legal areas, including criminal law, family law, corporate law, wills and estates, and many other areas. Our members live and work throughout the State of North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast. If you are looking for help in a specific type of law or a specific location in North Carolina, check out our search features to find someone who can help.

From its beginning, the attorney members of NC GALA have carried out the organization's mission by:

NCGALA Board Members

Angela Haas, President
Haas Tharrington, P.A.
5540 McNeely St., Ste. 301
Raleigh, NC 27612
919-783-9669 Fax: 919-783-7235

As a graduate of Appalachian State University and Campbell Law School, Angela focuses her practice in the areas of family law and estate planning. Throughout her career, Angela has advocated for clients who often face difficult issues involving the planning, evolution, and dissolution of their family dynamics. She believes in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) within the legal system, favoring teamwork to help her clients solve their legal issues with as little impact as possible (especially when children are involved). Knowing that every family is different, and every client has unique needs, Angela prides herself on providing her clients with thoughtful advice while zealously advocating their interests.

Dan Ellison, President-Elect
Attorney at Law
PO Box 25005
Durham, NC 27702
919-491-4625 Fax: 919-596-0919

Daniel Ellison is an attorney in private practice in Durham, NC., concentrating in two areas: arts law and real estate law. He has been working with artists and non-profit organizations for over twenty years and has helped numerous arts organizations obtain their tax-exempt status. He is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of arts law issues. He regularly teaches a course in the Duke University Department of Theater Studies on “Legal Issues for the Performing Arts” and also teaches a course on “Non-profit Arts & Cultural Institutions.” He also teaches “Legal Aspects of Art & Entertainment” in the Elon University arts administration program. He writes legal issues columns for the Southeastern Theatre Conference bi-monthly newsletter and for ArtSee magazine. He has served on a number of arts organization boards and is currently Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Central University Art Museum and is a board member of the Gregg Art Museum (at NCSU). He was recently appointed to the Public Art Committee of the Durham Cultural Advisory Board. He is past president and executive director of the NC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and former chair of the NC Bar Association’s Arts Law Committee. He developed Durham Arts Place, celebrating its sixteenth anniversary of providing affordable artist studio spaces inside the loop in Downtown Durham. He is a 2007 recipient of an Indie Arts Award. He also has a real estate practice – working primarily with gay/lesbian client and with a variety of affordable housing organizations.

Cheri Patrick, Secretary
Law Office of Cheri C. Patrick
100 E. Parrish St., Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
919-956-7171 Fax: 919-956-7833

Cheri C. Patrick is a 1999 graduate of Duke University School of Law. In May of 2001, after working for a small Durham firm, Ms. Patrick opened her solo practice, the Law Office of Cheri C. Patrick. This office is in Durham, North Carolina and she practices in Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance Counties. Her primary focus is family law, serving both straight and gay clients. Cheri is a member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and serves on that organization’s Adoption Committee, as well as its Children’s Issues and Legislative Committees. She is a member and officer of NCGALA, has previously served as Legal Counsel for NC Pride, and is a past- President of Equality North Carolina. She has been chair of the Durham Family Lawyer’s Section three times, and is a past president of the Durham-Orange Women Attorney’s group.

Jennifer Tharrington,
Haas Tharrington, P.A.
5540 McNeely Dr., Ste. 301
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-783-9669 Fax: 919-783-7235

Jennifer believes that counselor is an important synonym for attorney, and that periods of change often have the most impact on the family's memories and relationships. She strives to help families negotiate these changes for the betterment of all involved.

Aida Doss Havel,
Law Office of Aida Doss Havel
3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 370
Raleigh, NC 27612
919-573-4850 Fax: 919-755-4644

Aïda Doss Havel has spent over twenty-five years helping people resolve issues related to their children, their money, and their property. Three years ago, after seeing the destruction that courtrooms and fighting brought to her clients and their children, she wound up her remaining litigation caseload and said goodbye to the adversarial process. Aïda now limits her practice to mediation and collaborative law, and is pleased to call herself a peacemaker. Aïda currently serves as the Chair of the Wake County Board of Elections. She is also on the boards of the Unity Church of the Triangle and the Outer Banks History Center. Aïda enjoys finding positive, holistic, practical, and spiritual solutions to what appear to be thorny and difficult problems. Her interests include bridge, international travel, performing arts of all kinds, cats, and puzzles. Aïda is happily married to John Michael Havel, a graphic designer working for the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park. She and her husband spend most of their free time on the Outer Banks, where he is writing a book about the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

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