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A.J. Ceberio is now a Partner at Surratt Thompson & Ceberio, PLLC.

Surratt & Thompson, PLLC, a Winston-Salem law firm, has added a new name to its letterhead, the firm announced today. A.J. Ceberio joins Bryan C. Thompson as a partner at Surratt Thompson & Ceberio, PLLC.

“Since joining our firm, A.J. has proven himself to be a highly skilled attorney, with great businesssense that brings new, exciting ideas to the workplace. I have the utmost confidence that he is the right partner for our firm,” says Thompson.

LEARN MORE ABOUT A.J.

Ceberio began working with the firm while he was just a first year law student at Wake Forest University. Though the attorneys at Surratt Thompson & Ceberio enjoy a diverse practice, A.J. focuses the majority of his time in corporate, real estate, civil litigation, estate, and trust matters.

A native of Key West, Florida, A.J. has extensive real estate and corporate experience, spending time as a licensed real estate appraiser prior to moving to North Carolina.

“I am thrilled to begin my new role as a partner at Surratt Thompson & Ceberio. I chose to join Surratt & Thompson to be a part of its unmatched commitment to our clients. I will continue to work diligently to honor the firm’s outstanding reputation while enhancing its growth for the next several decades,” says Ceberio.

In October, the firm relocated from the Wells Fargo Center to the Col. William Allen Blair house, a historic home built in 1901, located at 210 South Cherry Street.

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Exciting News At Surratt & Thompson!

Surratt and Thompson is getting a change of scenery! As announced on BizJournal earlier this summer, Surratt & Thompson has purchased and will now reside at The Historic Col. William Allen Blair House located at 210 S Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, 27101.

Colonel William A. Blair House History

Built in 1901, the Col. William Allen Blair House is one of the oldest homes in Winston Salem, and was marked on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. This Colonial Revival design house has three finished floors, containing more that 8,000 sq feet of office space, and an additional 2,627 sq feet in the basement.

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william allen blair house

The Blair House was designed by George Barber, and constructed by Fogle Brothers, a legendary contracting firm, which  built many fine homes in both Winston and Salem. The Blair House is one of only four remaining homes built in the 1900’s  on Cherry Street, one of the most prominent neighborhoods in Winston, in its time.  

Colonel William A. Blair had The Blair House built for his wife, Mary Eleanor Fries and himself. The couple married in 1895. William and Mary lived in the home until their deaths in 1948 and 1966, respectively. Their son, John Fries Blair, continued to live there until 1983.

The Blair House Today

The Blair House boasts stunning Colonial Revival features, including a high hipped roof, gabled dormers, an elegant foyer, and a Palladian window. While located just moments from Winston-Salem’s downtown business district, The Blair House will always be a step back in time.

Our goal at Surratt and Thompson was to preserve and revitalize the original historic charms and features of The Blair House, including but certainly not limited to, the beautiful hardwood floors,  wrap-around porch, original stained glass, and abundance of meticulous woodwork. 

With prestigious care, we have brought this fantastic home to life. Our conference rooms and lobby will feature artwork from local galleries, with additional office space for future tenants. The basement will soon become home to Maggie Belle’s, a vintage furniture and unique finds store relocating from Tallahassee, Florida.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to become part of the history of one of Winston-Salem’s most treasured landmarks. You may even find us working from the rocking chairs or picnic table on the expansive front porch, enjoying Winston Salem’s beautiful weather.  

The  convenience to Business 40 and the 30 on-site parking spaces make Surratt & Thompson more accessible than ever.  We invite you to visit us at our new home as we are excited to present the newly revitalized Col. William Allen Blair House!!

Directions to the William A. Blair House:

Our new home, The Col. William Allen Blair House, is located at 210 S. Cherry St. in Winston Salem, NC, 27101. Please note that all phone numbers, fax numbers, websites, and email addresses will remain the same.

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Coming from Business 40 West / US-421 South –  Take exit 5C toward Cherry St. Downtown, Convention Center.  Merge left onto High Street, staying in the right lane.  Immediately after crossing Marshall Street SW, turn right into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from downtown Winston-Salem – Take Marshall Street SW toward Brookstown and Old Salem.  Turn left on High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from Greensboro – Take exit 5D toward Main Street Downtown, to First Street.  Turn right onto S. Main Street.  Turn left onto 1st Street W.  Turn left onto Marshall Street SW.  Turn left on High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from Old Salem –  Turn left onto Brookstown Avenue.  Turn right onto Marshall Street SW.  Turn right onto High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

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Meet the Attorney Al

Meet the Attorneys of Surratt & Thompson: Al

At Surratt & Thompson, we work with you to provide the representation that you deserve while bringing a human touch to the legal process. We care about forming a personal relationship with all of our clients here in Forsyth County. That’s why we want you to get to know us as people, not just attorneys. We want to introduce you to each of our attorneys individually.

Meet Al!

What brought you to Surratt & Thompson?

Our reputation of being able to handle all situations out of a friendly office.

What is, in your opinion, the most important quality in a person?

Their willingness to be honest no matter what the situation is.

Meet the Attorney Al

What has been the most rewarding part of work at Surratt & Thompson?

Bringing solutions to clients issues that other firms were unwilling to get involved in.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Guardianship rights and finding the least restrictive outcome for individuals who need care.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?

To do unto others as you would have done to you.

Meet the Attorney Al

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on or have done in the past six months?

My wife and I had a new baby!

What makes you laugh the most?

Listening to the things that my 3 year old little girl says!

What are your top three “Bucket list” items?

Drive a Train, fire a cannon, and travel to Europe.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?

That I am a big car guy and love construction.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Family; it is important to have people that love and support you.

FAVORITES

Movie

Smokey and the Bandit

Book

Gone with the Wind

Place to be or visit

The Mountains

TV show

American Pickers

Team/sport

Tarheels

Dessert

Oreo Ice Cream Pie

Place to eat locally

Texas Roadhouse

Place to eat elsewhere

Poogan’s Porch – Charleston, SC

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Meet the Attorney AJ

Meet the Attorneys of Surratt & Thompson: AJ

At Surratt & Thompson, we work with you to provide the representation that you deserve while bringing a human touch to the legal process. We care about forming a personal relationship with all of our clients here in Forsyth County. That’s why we want you to get to know us as people, not just attorneys. We want to introduce you to each of our attorneys individually.

Meet AJ!

What brought you to Surratt & Thompson?

Bryan Thompson was my adjunct legal writing professor at Wake Forest. During the semester I talked extensively with Bryan, not only about my coursework, but also about his practice. I quickly knew that he and I thought a lot alike and valued the same things. At the conclusion of the semester, I told him I wanted to work at Surratt & Thompson; the rest is history!

What is, in your opinion, the most important quality in a person?

Loyalty.

What has been the most rewarding part of work at Surratt & Thompson?

The people! Not only clients, but my colleagues as well. I have the privilege of working with some outstanding people each and every day. We truly are a family that works together for our clients. We each have our own areas of expertise and collaborate to come up with the best solutions possible for our clients. Using this collaborative knowledge I work with an extremely diverse group of individuals and business on new challenging issues. There is nothing better than watching that hard work pay off for my clients!

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Letting clients take a deep breath. Let’s be honest, most people call their lawyer when the weight of the world is coming down on them; I want to be the one to take that weight off their shoulders.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Go work somewhere else.”

After my first summer interning with Surratt & Thompson, I was advised to find other employment for my second summer of law school. I had an excellent first summer and was confused by the suggestion, but thought I should give it a shot. I was told I needed to see what a “big firm” was like before I thought about joining a smaller practice. After spending a summer with a large international law firm, I realized this is where I belong. That summer was challenging, engaging and extremely rewarding. There were two problems; I wasn’t practicing the type of law I wanted to practice and I wasn’t working for the clients I wanted to work for.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on or have done in the past six months?

Last August my wife and I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We hiked over 26 miles in four days, sleeping on the trail and reaching elevations of nearly 14,000 feet Neither of us had ever done anything like this and it was absolutely breathtaking!

What is your favorite quote?

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky

Where did you grow up and why aren’t you there now?

Key West, Florida. I loved growing up in Key West, but Winston-Salem quickly made its mark on my wife and I. Winston-Salem is home now.

What makes you laugh the most?

My wife. We are absolutely ridiculous most of the time. We joke around, embarrass ourselves and have no filter around each other. It doesn’t matter how bad of a day I have had, or what has gone wrong, she always know how to make me laugh.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

My family.

FAVORITES

Movie

Wedding Crashers

Book

The Innocent Man

Place to be or visit

New York

TV show

Friends

Team/sport

Florida State Seminoles, football

Dessert

Ice Cream

Place to eat locally

George’s Grecian Corner

Place to eat elsewhere

Chico’s Cantina – Local Mexican Restaurant in Key West

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Winston Salem Attorney Katie

Meet the Attorneys of Surratt & Thompson: Katie

At Surratt & Thompson, we work with you to provide the representation that you deserve while bringing a human touch to the legal process. We care about forming a personal relationship with all of our clients here in Forsyth County. That’s why we want you to get to know us as people, not just attorneys. We want to introduce you to each of our attorneys individually.

Meet Katie!

What brought you to Surratt & Thompson?

Another attorney I had worked with during law school recommended Surratt & Thompson to me because I wanted to work in both estates and litigation. At the time, this was the firm’s two primary practice areas, so it was perfect for me. I met with the attorneys here at that time and worked part-time during law school. I enjoyed the familial atmosphere and the mentoring that I got from the attorneys, so I stayed on after graduation and have been here ever since!

What is, in your opinion, the most important quality in a person?

Integrity.

What has been the most rewarding part of work at Surratt & Thompson?

The wide variety of cases and clients I’ve gotten to work with during my time here. I’ve been encouraged at every turn to try new things and not be afraid to fail. This led me to try criminal defense, which has become a large part of my work, as well as family law, real estate, and business litigation. This try-and-see method also led me to areas that I didn’t love, but I’m a better lawyer and advocate for being exposed to many types of cases and clients.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Solving problems for people. Most clients come to see me because they have a problem that they don’t know how to resolve. Telling people that their issues have a solution and that we will take care of it is a great relief for them, and I enjoy seeing their burdens eased.

What’s the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?

“Find what you love and do it.”

You’re never going to love every aspect of your job every day. But you also shouldn’t be miserable every day just for a paycheck. I’m blessed to have found a firm where I have fascinating and diverse work and great colleagues that support me. Now I’m enjoying teaching the new generation of law students and young lawyers the same lessons that I was taught years ago.

How do you recharge?

Reading and baking. I love to read and the escape from a stressful day that a good story provides. And I love to bake and create things with my hands that other people enjoy eating.

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on or have done in the past six months?

It’s been more than six months, but my cookie business is absolutely the coolest thing I’ve worked on this past year. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking, but these cookies have let me explore my artistic, creative side more than I ever knew I had.

Katie

What is your favorite quote?

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.’” Isaiah 30:15

What makes you laugh the most?

My husband. He’s the funniest person I know. He can make anything funny and routinely pulls me out of a bad mood with his jokes.

Katie

What are your top three “bucket list” items?

  1. Travel to London (and meet the Queen!)
  2. See Billy Joel in concert
  3. Visit the Holy Land

FAVORITES

Movie

The Godfather and A Few Good Men

Book

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen and 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Place to be or visit

Anywhere near the ocean

TV show

The West Wing and Friends

Team/sport

UNC Tar Heels and the New York Yankees

Dessert

Birthday cake

Place to eat locally

Village Tavern and Bad Daddy’s

Place to eat elsewhere

Biscuit Head in Asheville, NC