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Smith Moore Leatherwood Announces Top Rankings In U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Survey

Smith Moore Leatherwood Announces Top Rankings In U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Survey

October 7, 2010

Greenville, SC – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has earned top rankings in the first-ever U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey.

The firm earned Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in its Atlanta, Greensboro, Greenville and Raleigh offices in a total of 34 practice areas. Tier 2 rankings were also awarded in the Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh offices in 6 practice areas. Raleigh also received a Tier 3 designation in one additional practice area.

The full survey appears in the October 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine and a special section on the website. Rankings were based on surveys of more than 9,000 lawyers and clients in the U.S., including representatives of more than half the Fortune 1000 companies. Clients and peers were asked to assess law firms for their responsiveness, understanding of client business needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity, civility and whether they would refer a client to the law firm.

Nationally, 39 practice areas were ranked across 175 metropolitan and state areas.

"I am pleased that the excellent work of Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys continues to receive national recognition, this time by the inaugural issue of the U.S News and Best Lawyers survey," said Rob Marcus, Chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "The fact that our clients and peers consistently rank us highly proves that they value the quality and efficiency of the legal services we provide."

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP serves clients in the Southeast and across the nation through attorneys who are personally invested in solving clients' complex legal issues. With more than 180 attorneys who concentrate in a wide range of substantive areas, Smith Moore Leatherwood has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina; and in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina.

Smith Moore Leatherwood Tier 1 Rankings
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Greensboro and Raleigh
Antitrust Law: Greensboro
Banking and Finance Law: Greensboro
Corporate Law: Greensboro and Greenville
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law: Greenville
Employment Law – Management: Greensboro
Environmental Law: Greensboro
Family Law: Greensboro
Franchise Law: Greenville
General Commercial Litigation: Greenville
Health Care Law: Greensboro and Raleigh
Immigration Law: Greensboro
Insurance Law: Atlanta and Greenville
Labor Law – Management: Greensboro
Land Use & Zoning Law: Greensboro, Greenville and Raleigh
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants: Greenville
Media & First Amendment Law: Greensboro
Non-Profit / Charities Law: Greensboro
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants: Greensboro and Greenville
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants: Greenville
Real Estate Law: Greensboro and Greenville
Securities / Capital Markets Law: Greensboro
Tax Law: Greensboro and Greenville
Trusts & Estates Law: Greenville
Workers' Compensation Law – Employers: Greensboro

Smith Moore Leatherwood Tier 2 Rankings
Construction Law: Greensboro
General Commercial Litigation: Charlotte and Greensboro
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants: Charlotte
Trusts & Estates Law: Greensboro

Smith Moore Leatherwood Tier 3 Ranking
General Commercial Litigation: Raleigh

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