Olive & Olive is proud to have a highly-qualified
team of professionals, who collectively have worked at
our firm for over fifty years, assisting our attorneys.
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- Shelia L. Alexander is a graduate of Durham Technical Institute (A.A.S., Secretarial Science, high honors). She has over 20 years of legal experience in prosecution and maintenance of federal and state trademark and patent applications. She also has past work experience with state and federal government, banking and non-profit groups. Ms. Alexander has been a licensed North Carolina Notary for over 20 years.
- Joseph T. Blackley, Jr. is a graduate of Durham Industrial
Education Center (A.D., Drafting and Design
Technology) and of Durham Technical Institute
(A.A.S., Paralegal Technology, high honors). In
addition to his paralegal work in all areas of the
firm’s practice, with a focus on patents, he is
the firm’s chief draftsman and supervises the
technical drawings required for the firm’s patent
and trademark applications and litigation, and also
serves as the firm’s Assistant Administrator. He
is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s
Legal Assistants Division and is certified by the
North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal
- Erin A. Rall has for over 20 years has worked in all areas of the firm’s practice, from trademark, copyright and patent applications and prosecution to contracts and litigation, but has a particular passion for, and focus on, protecting and enforcing our client’s rights. A graduate of Brown University (Mid-East Studies) with a focus on Islam and Islamic Law, Ms. Rall’s thesis for that degree focused on International Law and its applicability to Palestinians. She was one of the first North Carolina Certified Paralegals and an early member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Legal Assistants Division. She is the first and only legal assistant who has been honored to serve as president of the Durham Orange Women Attorneys and as Vice President of Durham’s Young Lawyers Division; and she also has served as a member of the Durham Bar Association’s Public Service Committee, as Vice Chair and CLE Chairs of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) Small Office Practice Section, as a Liaison for the Commercial Litigation Section of NCAJ, as a member of the education, membership and ethics committees of NCAJ, and as a member of the education committee for the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. She remains active in all of the those bar organizations and is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Sports and Entertainment Law sections. She has been selected as an Advocate of the Educational Achievement Program of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice every year since inception of that recognition, and has been awarded NCAJ’s Order of Service during each of the past several years. She has taught numerous CLEs on topics including privacy law, e-discovery, Intellectual Property, ethics, law office management, and technology, for groups as varied as paralegal students, new lawyers, a local bar association, and state wide bar associations. She currently serves as chair of the NCAJ Legal Assistant’s Division.