CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo LLP, a leading regional litigation and dispute management law firm, announced in a Thursday news release the promotion of attorney Shari Saracini Ballard, along with four others.

Ballard is from Newport and her parents, Jerry and Sandy Saracini, currently reside in Jonesboro.

Ballard was promoted to special counsel. She focuses her practice on workers' compensation.

"We are excited to promote these five individuals in recognition of their years of excellent work and dedication to their clients," said Hedrick Gardner managing partner Paul Lawrence. "We look forward to many more years of their continued success."

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