Title: Retired Lawyer
Company: Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Murray Crossley Greason, Jr., JD, Retired Lawyer at Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
Now in his golden years, Mr. Greason is turning his attention to active community service out of his continuing belief that helping others is “paying rent for the space he takes up on earth.” He has helped others in a legal fashion as a managing partner of his law firm, which was a highlight of Mr. Greason’s career. He is an expert on tax law, mergers, acquisitions, charitable organizations, and the rights and obligations of majority and minority shareholders. Mr. Greason was recognized for his selflessness with a 2005 Beverly Lake Public Service Award by the North Carolina Bar Association.
Born in Wake Forest, North Carolina to Murray Crossley and Evelyn Elizabeth Greason, Mr. Greason discovered his skills led to political science and history in college, rather than science and mathematics. After graduating with a BS, magna cum laude, in 1959 from Wake Forest University, he stayed on to earn a JD, magna cum laude in 1962. Mr. Greason served to the rank of captain, judge advocate general, with the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965 and joined the predecessor of his firm as an associate in 1965. In 1988, he became a managing partner of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice. Over a long legal career, Mr. Greason has earned fellowship with the American College Tax Council, as well as membership with the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Order of Long Leaf Pine, Forsyth County Bar Association, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Wake Forest University Alumni Association, the Forsyth County Club, Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.
In addition to his legal duties, Mr. Greason has taught at his alma mater Wake Forest University as a visiting lecturer form 1972 to 1974. True to his word, he is an established leader with many North Carolina civic societies. In particular, he has been a member of the Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center and Health Sciences department, as well as a trustee of the Denmark Loan Fund, which provides scholarships to Wake Forest students. He has supported the local chapter of the American Red Cross, United Way Forsyth County, the Commission on Ministry Episcopalian Diocese of North Carolina, the Winston-Salem Alliance, Idealliance, Wake Forest Innovation Quarters, Community Care Center, the North Carolina Railroad Company, the Amarr Company, and the Wachovia Corporation.
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