GREENSBORO, N.C. —Jon Berkelhammer, a partner in the Greensboro office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, was recently named President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) for 2012-2013 and will serve as President for 2013-2014. He previously served as the Executive Vice President of NCADA for 2011-2012.
"Jon is incredibly deserving of his recent appointment as President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys," said Kent Auberry, Partner In Charge of the firm's Greensboro office. "He has been a dedicated member of the NCADA, and we are proud that his commitment to the association has been recognized. His past leadership roles and experience in the state and federal courts will offer valuable insight as the NCADA continues to support attorneys in civil defense law."
The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, a membership organization established in 1977, serves as a resource for educational opportunities, networking and information sharing for civil defense trial attorneys in North Carolina. The NCADA is the only association in the state focused solely on strengthening the civil defense law practice area.
Berkelhammer's areas of focus include business and intellectual property litigation, catastrophic personal injury litigation and product liability matters, as well as various commercial litigation matters, including minority and majority shareholder disputes. He regularly appears in both the state and federal trial and appellate courts and the North Carolina Business Courts.
Berkelhammer served as an instructor in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for the Southeast Region Trial Skills Program held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Berkelhammer was selected by his peers as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation in 2012 for Greensboro. He has also been selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers for business litigation, and named as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in North Carolina since 2006.
Berkelhammer received his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1979 and his juris doctor, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1982.