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Ogburn Receives Estate Planning/Fiduciary Law Award

The article below has been updated as of August 2020.

Rudy L. Ogburn

Rudy L. Ogburn of Young Moore and Henderson is the third recipient of the NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a past chair of the section and Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The award was announced recently through the section’s blog and presented formally during the section annual meeting, which was held via webcast on Thursday, July 23.

“I was pretty humbled by the recognition, given all of the outstanding people in the section,” Ogburn said. “I am very appreciative of the award.

“Being involved in the section has been a satisfying experience and a great part of my career. It has enhanced my practice and also given me the opportunity to get to know so many of my colleagues.”

Ogburn is a graduate of Wake Forest University (1979) and Wake Forest University School of Law (1982). He began his career in banking, where he ultimately served as Regional Trust Manager for First Citizens Bank.

Ogburn joined Young, Moore and Henderson, where he is a shareholder, in 1989. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a North Carolina State Bar-Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

The Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section Distinguished Service Award was established in 2018. The previous recipients are Graham D. Holding of Charlotte (2018) and James W. Narron of Smithfield (2019).

The Section sets forth the following criteria for the award:

  1. Be a member in good standing for 25 or more years of the North Carolina Bar Association and Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section.
  2. Be a currently licensed member in good standing of the North Carolina State Bar or otherwise be retired to “inactive status” by said State Bar under “honorable” conditions.
  3. Be a person of high character and reputation in her/his community and in the bar.
  4. Have served on council, one or more committees or as an officer of the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section.
  5. Have provided CLE services to the section as speaker, panelist, organizer and/or facilitator.
  6. Have received prior public recognition by her/his peers for expertise in the area of estate planning and fiduciary law, such as being a fellow in ACTEC; being recognized by Best Lawyers, The Legal Elite or Super Lawyers; being a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the NC State Bar Board of Legal Specialization; or a similar recognition.
  7. Have exhibited the utmost professionalism in the practice of law consonant with the NC Bar Association’s “Purposes” as defined in Article 1.2 of said Association’s bylaws and in Article 1, Section 2 of the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law bylaws.
  8. Have provided exemplary, outstanding and distinguished service to the Section, the North Carolina Bar, its practitioners and the public which has made a significant impact for betterment of legal practice in the area of estate planning and fiduciary law.

This article is part of the August 2020 issue of North Carolina Lawyer. Access a curated view of NC Lawyer or view the table of contents.