GREENSBORO, NC – Today Carruthers & Roth announced it has added two new associate attorneys to its team. James R. Paul has joined the firm’s Commercial Real Estate practice, where he will support clients as they buy, sell or develop a property, negotiate leases, resolve title claims or navigate other real estate-related matters and disputes. Sydney ter Avest has joined the firm’s Business, Tax and Estates practice, where she will support clients in matters involving corporate and business law, estate planning, and wealth transfer and preservation. 

Background on James Paul:

A native of Burlington, NC, James is a magna cum laude graduate of East Carolina University where he earned a B.S. in criminal justice. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he gained experience through a variety of internships and externships. He represented indigent juvenile justice clients in St. Joseph County, IN, and worked in the public defender’s office in Forsyth County, NC. He also received a faculty excellence award for his work involving end-of-care orders, advance directives, healthcare powers of attorney and their compliance with Catholic canon law. 

“We are pleased to have James join us and look forward to the contributions we know he will make to our team and the clients we serve,” says Chris Vaughn, managing director at Carruthers & Roth.

James can be reached at 336.478.1150 and by email at

Background on Sydney ter Avest:

 A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Sydney earned a B.A. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then earned a J.D. degree from the Campbell University School of Law – serving as both a teaching scholar and research assistant and achieving multiple academic honors in civil and criminal law. She also was president of the Health Law Association. 

“We look forward to working with Sydney to address the unique needs of the many individuals, businesses and corporations our practice serves,” says Scott Dillon, a senior member of the Carruthers & Roth Business, Tax and Estates practice.

Sydney can be reached at 336.478.1187 and by email at