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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Honored As North Carolina

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Honored As North Carolina 'Super Lawyers'

‘Rising Stars' in firm also recognized

January 17, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Twenty-nine attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood have been selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in 2014. Eight additional attorneys have been honored as North Carolina Rising Stars of 2014. Less than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to the exclusive list of Super Lawyers and less than 2.5 percent are honored as Rising Stars.

"This honor is especially meaningful to our attorneys because Super Lawyers are nominated by their peers," said Rob Marcus, Chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "It is wonderful to see that they are being recognized within the legal community for their excellent work."

In addition, Patti Ramseur was recognized as one of the top 50 women honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers is an independent lawyer rating service that selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Through peer nominations, evaluations and third party research, exceptional attorneys are selected within each state. Rising Stars are selected by peer nominations of attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have 10 years or less of legal experience.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2014 are:

  • D. Erik Albright (General Litigation)
  • E. Kent Auberry (Business/Corporate)
  • Jonathan Berkelhammer (Business Litigation)
  • Brian Byrd (Real Estate)
  • Lynn Chandler (Estate & Trust Litigation)
  • Richard Coughlin (Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Julianna Theall Earp (Employment & Labor)
  • Mark Finkelstein (Business Litigation)
  • Terrill Harris (Health Care)
  • Brett Hanna (Real Estate)
  • Jonathan Heyl (Business Litigation)
  • Gregory Holland (Antitrust Litigation)
  • Neale Johnson (Real Estate)
  • Robert Marcus (Business Litigation)
  • Patricia Markus (Health Care)
  • Alexander Maultsby (Employment & Labor)
  • Charles Melvin Jr. (Real Estate)
  • Maureen Demarest Murray (Health Care)
  • George (Jerry) Oliver (Employment & Labor)
  • Patti Ramseur (Employment & Labor)
  • Bradley Risinger (General Litigation)
  • Elizabeth Brooks Scherer (Appellate)
  • Larry Sitton (Business Litigation)
  • D. Clark Smith Jr. (Personal Injury Defense: Medical)
  • Samuel Southern (Health Care)
  • Garrett Walker (Real Estate)
  • Jeri Whitfield (Workers' Compensation)
  • Robert Wilson Jr. (Health Care)
  • Fred Wood Jr. (Business Litigation)

The Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys honored as North Carolina's Rising Stars of 2014 are:

  • Patrick Kane (Civil Litigation Defense)
  • C. Bailey King Jr. (Business Litigation)
  • Matthew Leerberg (Business Litigation)
  • David Neill (Real Estate)
  • Jill Raspet (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Eric Snider (Business Litigation)
  • Heather White (Business Litigation )
  • John Zimmer (Intellectual Property)

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Heather Olson


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