GREENSBORO, N.C. — Alan W. Duncan, a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, was recently named president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) for 2012-2013. He accepted his nomination on June 23 at the NCBA's annual meeting in Wilmington, N.C.
With more than 15,000 members, the North Carolina Bar Association is the state's largest voluntary organization, which provides services, such as continuing legal education programs, to attorneys. Last year, Duncan was honored as the recipient of the Advocate's Award at the annual meeting of the NCBA Litigation Section and also received the NCBA's Citizen Lawyer Award in 2007 for his service to the community. From 2004-2007, Duncan served on the NCBA's Board of Governors and also chaired the NCBA's Litigation Section and its Trial Practice Curriculum Committee.
"We are very proud of Alan for his long-standing dedication to the NCBA and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor," said Kent Auberry, partner in charge of the firm's Greensboro office. "The strong leadership experience and over 30-year commitment to the legal profession that Alan will bring as president-elect will continue to enhance the association's mission and values."
Duncan has substantial trial and appellate experience with cases in both the North Carolina state and federal courts, as well as other jurisdictions. His trial experience includes intellectual property and antitrust issues, business and commercial cases, media and communication law, insurance and reinsurance disputes, catastrophic injury cases, aviation issues and professional malpractice actions. Duncan also served as past president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
"I am incredibly humbled at the opportunity to serve as the North Carolina Bar Association president in 2013," said Duncan of his appointment. "The North Carolina Bar Association has been an important part of my career, and I look forward to continuing to build upon the outreach and support the association offers so many North Carolina attorneys."
Duncan is greatly involved with the Guilford County community and has served on the Guilford County Board of Education since 2000 and has been the board chair for the last 10 years. He is a two-time recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, presented through the Sullivan Foundation in recognition of service to others and service to the community. Earlier this year, Duncan also received the "Unsung Hero" award from the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, honoring his dedication to the community.
Duncan received his bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1976 and his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1979.