John Szymankiewicz, PE, Esq

John Szymankiewicz is a licensed Professional Engineer and Attorney in North Carolina. Embarking on a second career, John went to law school at night while juggling a demanding full time job, a family, and teaching at a local martial arts school.

While launching his Raleigh law practice, John saw the need for trained, understanding attorneys focused on their clients needs in some key areas. Most importantly, this means developing an ongoing relationship, becoming a business partner, with clients instead of being merely a supplier of services. As such, in this law office, we strive to find the right solution for the client now and in the future. We look for opportunities to work collaboratively and keep costs down for our clients, principally individuals and small businesses.

In addition to being a lawyer, John is an avid homebrewer who got bit by the brewing bug shortly after he discovered that beer need not be yellow fizzy stuff. John believes in continuous, life-long learning and is passionate about the Craft Beer industry. Part of that industry passion includes adopting the spirit that that giving back to the community and supporting the local, independent business person is part of our responsibility as good Beer Citizens.

John is married and has a daughter (attending Full Sail University). John and his wife live in Raleigh NC with their three other “kids” of the four-legged variety.

London Davenport, Esq

London started working with Matheson and Associates as an intern while a student at Campbell Law School. Since then, she has quickly become our in-house expert on trademark litigation and general business and corporate law matters. London is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, especially the Young Lawyers Division. She lives in Raleigh with her dog and her soon-to-be-husband, whom she met at Campbell Law School and who practices law in Durham.

Ileigh Kuga, NC Certified Paralegal

Ileigh is a North Carolina Certified Paralegal and Notary Public. A graduate of the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science, Ileigh was a member of a nationally-ranked mock trial team and was a part of the prestigious Tau Sigma Honor Society. She originally hails from Wake Forest, North Carolina, and received her paralegal certification from Duke University. In her spare time, she is a volunteer group leader with Legal Aid of North Carolina and enjoys exploring new breweries, tackling DIY projects, and spending time with her family.


Do you only do beer?

  • No! We work with ANYONE in the craft beverage industry!

Do you work outside of NC?

  • Yes! We can do state level work in NC, WV, VA, and DC. We can do federal level work for any state.
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