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Smith Moore Leatherwood Dominates Legal Elite

Smith Moore Leatherwood Dominates Legal Elite

January 25, 2011

Firm boasts more attorneys selected than any other in the state

Charlotte, N.C. – Twenty-three attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood have been selected by their peers as part of Business North Carolina's 2011 Legal Elite. Greensboro's Mona O'Bryant received top honor in the environmental category. With 23 total honorees this year, Smith Moore Leatherwood had the largest number of attorneys recognized out of all law firms in the state.

"We are thrilled that our attorneys have been acknowledged for their hard work and dedication, and are especially proud of the firm as a whole for having the most attorneys recognized," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm's management committee. "This honor is particularly prestigious because it is based on our reputation in the field among our legal peers."

Lynn F. Chandler, taxes/estate planning law
Jonathan Heyl, antitrust law 
C. Bailey King, Best Under 40 (Young Guns)
Fred Wood Jr., litigation law

Erik Albright, litigation law
Bruce Ashley, real estate law
Jonathan Berkelhammer, litigation law
Carole Bruce, taxes/estate planning law
William Burton III, environmental law
Harold Bynum, environmental law 
Brian Byrd, real estate law
Alan Duncan, antitrust law and intellectual property law
Stephen W. Earp, (Hall of Fame) environmental law
Kimberly Bullock Gatling, intellectual property law
Robert Kidwell, business law, corporate law, and Best Under 40 (Young Guns) 
Alexander Maultsby, employment law 
James Medford, intellectual property
Mona Cunningham O'Bryant, (Top of Field) environmental law 
Julianna Theall, employment law
E. Garrett Walker, real estate law

James L. Gale, litigation law and antitrust law
Stephen W. Petersen, litigation law and criminal Law

Michael V. Lee, real estate law 
Jill L. Raspet, taxes/estate planning law

The Legal Elite awards are categorized into 14 different specialties of law and are voted on by attorneys across the state. Less than three percent of North Carolina's attorneys were honored as Legal Elite in the January edition.

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