GREENSBORO, N.C.—Jeri Whitfield, an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, was recently reappointed chair of the North Carolina State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization at the North Carolina State Bar Council's quarterly business meeting in July.
The Board of Legal Specialization was created to certify attorneys who excel as legal specialists in their designated practice areas. Whitfield received her board certification in workers' compensation law in 2000 and is currently one of more than 800 certified specialists in N.C. For the past six years, she has served on the Board, which is one of only 18 state legal certification programs in the nation.
"We commend Jeri for her long-standing service and commitment to the North Carolina State Bar and believe that her expertise and leadership will continue to enhance the Board of Legal Specialization," said Kent Auberry, Partner In Charge of the firm's Greensboro office. "Through her work as chair, she has emphasized the importance of legal specialization and its benefits for both practicing attorneys and their clients."
The North Carolina State Bar's specialist certification aims to provide the public with information to enable the public to select attorneys with proficiency in specific practice areas and to encourage attorneys to continue their legal education and improve competency. The Board of Legal Specialization is responsible for: setting exam standards, ensuring the exams are valid and reliable, as well as overseeing ten specialty committees and the annual awards luncheon.
Whitfield has considerable experience in litigating complex occupational disease claims before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and appellate courts. Her civil practice includes handling toxic tort and asbestos-related litigation and premises liability claims before the trial and appellate courts. She has been a speaker at various continuing legal education seminars and for various industry groups regarding workers' compensation topics.
Whitfield received her bachelor's degree, with honors, from Cornell University in 1972. She attended Duke University School of Law and George Washington University School of Law, receiving her juris doctor, with honors, in 1977.