June 18, 2015

June 2015: Industry News

Former Freddie Mac Attorney Graham Kidner, Attorney Shiann Schmidt Join Hutchens Law Firm

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., (June 18, 2015) — Hutchens Law Firm has hired two attorneys in its Fayetteville office. Graham Kidner is General Counsel to the firm, and Shiann Schmidt is an associate focusing on creditor’s rights and civil litigation.

Graham Kidner

Prior to joining Hutchens Law Firm, Kidner spent 21 years in Freddie Mac’s legal division, rising to the position of Managing Associate General Counsel.  There, he had oversight of all single-family loan level litigation affecting Freddie Mac loans nationwide.  He also managed the company’s Designated Counsel Program that, at its peak, consisted of approximately 100 law firms across 27 states handling approximately 80 percent of all Freddie Mac foreclosures. As Hutchens Law Firm General Counsel, Kidner is involved in client relations and development activities, firm compliance, and mortgage default and civil litigation. He has bachelor of law degrees from The University of Leeds and The College of Law, both in England, and received his Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law. Kidner is admitted to practice law in North Carolina, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and various federal district and appellate courts.

Shiann Schmidt

Prior to joining Hutchens Law Firm, Schmidt served for nearly two years as an Assistant District Attorney in Hoke County, N.C., prosecuting domestic violence, drug crimes, property crimes, DWI, traffic offenses, and personal crimes. Prior to that she was a student at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va., where she received her Juris Doctor. At Regent, Schmidt served as the Chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and gained national recognition with her teammate at the National Negotiations Competition in 2012. In addition to a law degree, Schmidt has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics, Policy & Management from Oregon State University where she graduated cum laude. She is currently admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in N.C.