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NCBA Government Affairs Team

Devon Karst serves as the Governmental Affairs Manager for the North Carolina Bar Association. Before joining NCBA, Devon worked at the North Carolina General Assembly as a policy advisor to Senator Tamara Barringer, former Senator of NC Senate District 17. At the General Assembly, she worked to advise Senator Barringer’s policy agenda on a range of issues, including bills heard in the Judiciary Committee.

Devon is a 2012 magna cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University, where she studied psychology, and a 2016 graduate of Campbell Law School, where she served as Student Bar Association President and Director of the Pro Bono Council. Upon graduation and passing the bar exam, Devon was selected as the Wallace Public Service Fellow at Campbell Law, a position that allowed her exposure to several practice areas. She then practiced family law before joining the General Assembly. Contact Devon at dkarst@ncbar.org.

Michelle L. Frazier
serves as a government relations attorney in the Raleigh office of Nexsen Pruet and represents clients before the legislative and executive branches. Michelle previously worked at the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) serving as Assistant Executive Director, which included the supervision of the NCBA's Office of Governmental Affairs. She joined the NCBA in March 2001 as Director of Governmental Affairs and was responsible for administering the legislative program as well as serving as the Association’s lobbyist for the legislative, executive and federal branches.

Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Law Alumni Association of UNC. In 2017, she was awarded a “Women in Business” award by the Triangle Business Journal.  She was also recognized in Business North Carolina magazine's Legal Elite (2009) as one of North Carolina's best lawyers under the age of 40 (Young Guns category) and was listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers (2009, 2010) as a Rising Star. Contact Michelle at mfrazier@nexsenpruet.com.

David P. Ferrell
 is a Partner with Nexsen Pruet PLLC in Raleigh and has been a North Carolina registered lobbyist since 1997. He has experience in state, local and executive branch lobbying, grass roots campaigns, and regulatory compliance. David’s government relations experience includes a diverse group of clients and a wide range of issues, which has allowed him to appear in and monitor legislation in most of the standing legislative committees and interim study committees. He is active in various legal and lobbying organizations, and often lectures and teaches continuing education seminars on legislative matters and substantive areas of law.

David concentrates his law practice in civil matters, including energy and public utilities, eminent domain and real estate law, administrative and regulatory matters, government contracts, and construction litigation, and civil litigation. He has represented clients before state agencies and licensing boards, as well as represented state agencies and private sector businesses and associations in the state rulemaking process. David also serves as general counsel to North Carolina business and trade associations, as well as to state professional licensing boards. David completed the Leadership Raleigh Program through the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2017. He was listed in the North Carolina Super Lawyers for Civil Litigation (2009 & 2010) and for Professional Liability Defense (2011). David is a Fellow of the Washington D.C. Institute for Professional Leadership, Education Policy Fellowship Program. Contact David at dferrell@nexsenpruet.com.

George Smith
 is an Associate with Nexsen Pruet's Public Policy & Regulatory practice.  He has experience representing companies and individuals before the North Carolina Property Tax Commission, administrative and regulatory boards and commissions, Superior Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. His practice also includes the areas of economic development, commercial real estate, financial services, and general corporate matters. George has experience representing clients before the General Assembly and Executive branch, at the local level before municipal and county boards, and interacting with state agencies.

George earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University. During law school, George worked as a law clerk with the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, completed a summer internship with the Honorable Dennis W. Shedd of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and was an editorial board member of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Journal. Contact George at gtsmith@nexsenpruet.com.