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General Defense
301 East Main Street
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 252-335-0871
Fax: 252-335-4223
E-Mail: hrem@hrem.com
www.hrem.com
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Established: 1985

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Automobile
  • Homeowners
  • Property Damage
  • Coverage Issues
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
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About Us
Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, L.L.P. is one of the oldest law firms in continuous practice in Northeastern North Carolina, tracing its origins to 1906 in Elizabeth City. With offices in Elizabeth City, Nags Head and Columbia, NC, it is widely recognized as a leading law firm in this area of the state. Members of the firm have long held the highest reputations throughout the state. From its members have come two State Superior Court Judges, a current sitting Federal Judge, and Presidents of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. On a local level, members of the firm have occupied numerous leadership positions in the community.
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Additional Locations
Nags Head, North Carolina
2502 South Croatan Highway
Nags Head, North Carolina 27959
Telephone: 252-441-0871
Fax: 252-441-8822
Columbia, North Carolina
211 West Main Street
P.O. Box 510 (27925)
Columbia, North Carolina 27925
Telephone: 252-796-8561
Fax: 252-796-1083
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Admiral Insurance CompanyAmerican Hardware Mutual Insurance Company
Buckeye Union Insurance CompanyBuilders Mutual Insurance Company
Canal Insurance CompanyCastle Insurance Company
Chubb Group of Insurance CompaniesContinental Insurance Company
Continental National American GroupDairyland Insurance Company
Employers Insurance Company of WausauEmployers Mutual Companies
Federated Insurance CompanyGAB Robins North America, Inc.
General Reinsurance CorporationGMAC Insurance
Government Employees Insurance CompanyGrain Dealers Mutual Insurance Company
Harleysville Mutual Insurance CompanyHorace Mann Insurance Company
Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance CompanyKemper Insurance Companies
Keystone Insurance CompanyMichigan Mutual Liability Company
National Grange Mutual Insurance CompanyNew Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company
North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance CompanyNorth Carolina Hospital Reciprocal Insurance Exchange
North Carolina Insurance Guaranty AssociationNorth Carolina League of Municipalities
Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance CompanyProgressive Insurance Company
Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance CompanyReliance Insurance Company
Sentry Insurance GroupState Farm Fire and Casualty Company
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance CompanyTransamerica Insurance Company
Unigard Insurance GroupUnisun Insurance Company
United States Casualty CompanyUniversal Insurance Company
Universal Underwriters Insurance CompanyVirginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company
Virginia Mutual Insurance CompanyZurich American Insurance Company
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Personnel Information
Partners
L. P. Hornthal Jr.
Elizabeth City, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1963
Memberships:
  • North Carolina Bar Association (President, 1996-1997)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (President, 1984-1985)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Association of Insurance Attorneys
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina, A.B., 1958
  • The University of North Carolina, LL.B., 1963
Born:1936
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M. H. Hood Ellis
Elizabeth City, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1975
Memberships:
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
Education:
  • North Carolina State University, B.S., 1972
  • Wake Forest University, J.D., 1975
Born:1949
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Donald C. Prentiss
Elizabeth City, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1981
Memberships:
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1977
  • Wake Forest University, J.D., 1981
Born:1955
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L. Phillip Hornthal III
Elizabeth City, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 1993
Memberships:
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1989
  • Campbell University, J.D., 1993
Born:1967
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Associate
Casey L. Peaden
Elizabeth City, NC
Admitted
  • North Carolina, 2017
Education:
  • The University of North Carolina, B.A., 2014
  • Campbell University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2017
Born:1992
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Service Areas
Camden, North Carolina5 miles
Columbia, North Carolina53 miles
Currituck, North Carolina18 miles
Edenton, North Carolina29 miles
Gatesville, North Carolina30 miles
Hertford, North Carolina17 miles
Manteo, North Carolina65 miles
Plymouth, North Carolina52 miles
Windsor, North Carolina52 miles
Winton, North Carolina50 miles
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(Attorneys are Members of American and North Carolina Bar Associations)