GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jon Berkelhammer, an attorney from the Greensboro office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, has recently been elected executive vice president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) at its 34th annual meeting. In addition to serving on the executive committee for the association, Berkelhammer will oversee the planning of the NCADA’s annual meeting in 2012.
Established in 1977, the voluntary membership association serves as the information resource for civil defense attorneys representing local individuals and businesses in N.C. The NCADA is the state's only association cultivating the collaboration of civil defense attorneys with the overall goal of strengthening the practice of civil defense law in N.C. The NCADA helps attorneys enhance their knowledge and refine their litigation skills and techniques. The association has nearly 1,000 members comprised of attorneys across a broad spectrum of practice areas.
"Throughout the last three years, Jon has been a dedicated member of the NCADA, most notably in his recent role on the board of directors," said Kent Auberry, partner in charge of the firm's Greensboro office. "We are very proud of his leadership in such a prominent association. As executive vice president, he will offer a valued perspective from his extensive experience in state and federal trial courts."
Berkelhammer maintains a sophisticated trial practice at Smith Moore Leatherwood, regularly appearing in the state and federal trial and appellate courts in N.C. His practice consists of catastrophic personal injury and product liability matters, trade secret and intellectual property matters, and a variety of commercial matters, including disputes between minority and majority shareholders, as well as officer and director liability.
Berkelhammer also serves as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy during the Southeast Region Trial Skills Program held annually at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Berkelhammer was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2011. He has also been selected by Law & Politics for North Carolina Super Lawyers and named as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in North Carolina for six consecutive years.
Berkelhammer received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1979 and his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1982.