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Smith Moore Leatherwood Earns Top Rankings in 2010 Chambers USA

Smith Moore Leatherwood Earns Top Rankings in 2010 Chambers USA

June 14, 2010

Ranked in Chambers USAGreenville, SC – Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world's leading guides to the legal profession, recognizes 21 attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP in the 2010 Chambers USA Guide, an annual publication that ranks the leading U.S. lawyers and law firms. Smith Moore Leatherwood appears again in the guide with top rankings in nine practice areas in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

In its eleventh year of publication, the Chambers Guide's results are gathered through thousands of confidential interviews conducted with clients and lawyers, with greater weight given to the views of the clients. The publication ranks both law firms and individual lawyers by practice areas.

"We are proud of the continued achievements of our attorneys as well as the recognition given to a number of our core practice areas. This not only reflects the talent of our lawyers, but also our results-oriented commitment to client service," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm’s management committee.

Chambers USA recognizes 21 Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys as leading practitioners in the nation, which is a 31 percent increase from 2009. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.

Three attorneys from the firm's Greensboro office received Chambers' highest ranking for North Carolina lawyers in their respective practice areas for the fourth consecutive year – Martin N. Erwin, Labor and Employment; Charles E. Melvin, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use; and Steven W. Earp, Environment.

Eighteen other Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys, from the offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, were recognized as leading attorneys in their state and practice area:

E. Kent Auberry, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Greensboro, NC;
George J. Oliver, Labor & Employment, Raleigh, NC;
Julianna C. Theall, Labor & Employment, Greensboro, NC;
Larry B. Sitton, Litigation: General Commercial, Charlotte, NC;
Richard L. Few, Jr., Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Greenville, SC;
Ramona Cunningham O'Bryant, Environment, Greensboro, NC;
Barry S. Herrin, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA;
Tobin N. Watt, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA;
William H. Boling, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA;
Michael J. Giese, Litigation: General Commercial, Greenville, SC;
Steven E. Farrar, Litigation: General Commercial, Greenville, SC;
Brian Byrd, Real Estate, Greensboro, NC;
Stephen E. Klee, Real Estate, Greensboro, NC;
Mark Holmes, Real Estate, Greenville, SC;
Marvin Quattlebaum, Real Estate, Greenville, SC;
Alan W. Duncan, Litigation: General Commercial, Greensboro, NC;
Fred M. Wood, Jr., Litigation: General Commercial, Charlotte, NC;
Jonathan A. Berkelhammer - Litigation: General Commercial, Greensboro, NC

In addition to the individual attorney rankings, nine of the firm's practice areas were ranked by each state in the 2010 guide, including Environmental law, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate law in North Carolina; Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation: General Commercial, and Real Estate in South Carolina; and Healthcare in Georgia.

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