Our Attorneys

Matthew Ceradini


Attorney
Ceradini Law, PLLC

Matthew is licensed in North Carolina and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Matthew’s practice involves a wide range of business and real estate matters, including planning, transactional, and litigation.  Matthew brings his leadership, organizational and business acumen to his clients’ challenges, as well as his years of commercial litigation, real estate and debtor/creditor law experience.  Matthew’s background and experience make him an insightful business minded attorney and tenacious litigator. 

Matthew graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with honors earning a bachelor’s degree in business. Shortly thereafter was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty and reserves, attaining the rank of Major. After honorable service to his country, Matthew entered the business world in real estate and eventually founding a small private equity real estate investment company. When the unprecedented 2008 financial crisis created uncertainty in the real estate market, Matthew took the opportunity to pursue a long-time goal of becoming an attorney, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. Matthew brings to BiltGroup his leadership, organization, and business acumen, as well as his years of commercial litigation, real estate, and debtor/creditor law experience. Matthew’s background and experience make him an insightful business-minded attorney and tenacious litigator.

Diane Rufino


Attorney, Molecular Biologist, Writer

Blog: For Love of God and Country

Email: crazy_for_the_80s@Reagan.com

Ms. Gentile-Rufino obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1982, after which she earned a Master of Science in Human Pathology, with honors, from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York in 1983. She expanded upon her education with coursework in microbiology, microbial biochemistry, virology, and epidemiology at Rutgers University in 1990. Additionally, she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Seton Hall’s School of Law in Newark, NJ, and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix.

In 2001, Ms. Gentile-Rufino moved from New Jersey to Greenville, NC.  In 2002, she worked at the Kessler Law Firm, which specialized in personal injury law, medical malpractice law, and actions involving worker’s compensation. Not enjoying practicing personal injury law and being frustrated with the firm’s handling of medical malpractice cases, and not being able to practice in the field of intellectual property (nearest firm being at least 90-120 min away), she decided to go back to the field of science. From 2003 to early 2005, she worked as a chemist at DSM Pharmaceuticals in Greenville, NC, as a senior analytical development scientist. In this capacity, she developed and remediated analytical methods for the testing of various pharmaceutical drugs.

Ms. Gentile-Rufino bounced back to law in 2005-2006 when she went to work for the prestigious law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice PLC, in Raleigh, NC and then briefly in 2007 for a property law firm based in New Bern.

From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Gentile-Rufino found success as an associate in the Portfolio Management group at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, the generic subsidiary of Novartis, the multinational pharmaceutical company. In this role, she researched, assessed patent coverage, and made recommendations regarding products and “design-around” strategies for alternate versions of brand-name drugs. She made weekly presentations to the group and often to upper management as well regarding new products for selection to the company’s generic product portfolio. Additionally, Ms. Gentile-Rufino monitored pharmaceutical news and did competitor analysis to aid in the company’s analysis of recommended products.  

In 2012, Ms. Gentile-Rufino decided to re-invent herself yet again and enrolled for a Masters in Education with the University of Phoenix. For four years, she has enjoyed success, as well as personal satisfaction, as an instructor and College Counselor with John Paul II Catholic High School in Greenville, where she has taught biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, government and politics, and mathematics to honors and college-bound students. In 2016, she was honored as the Outstanding Teacher from Pitt County. She was honored with an award and a segment on TV. The introduction included an acknowledgement that she received the most impressive letter (nominating her for the distinction) as well as holding the most impressive credentials of any teacher so recognized.

Though Ms. Gentile-Rufino is now retired from teaching, she still is considering tutoring students who have professional aspirations or who have the desire to get into well-accredited colleges and universities. And although she is now retired from working officially in the legal field, she continues to maintain her bar degree and bar status. She continues, though, to provide legal advice and legal assistance to family, friends, and neighbors. Since 2012, she has gained legal expertise in constitutional law and uses that expertise in the many articles she writes. She has a blogsite titled: “Forloveofgodandcountry’s Blog” – www.forloveofgodandcountry.com/, which she is very proud of.