Greenville, S.C. – Smith Moore Leatherwood has recently expanded the firm's Litigation Team with the additions of Jeff Whitley, Kristen Nowacki and Whit Pierce. The addition of these associates marks the continued growth of the firm's litigation practice.
"We are delighted to welcome such outstanding young talent to the firm," said Rob Marcus, Chair of the firm's Management Committee. "They each bring great diligence and enthusiasm to our practice, and they will maintain our commitment to legal excellence and outstanding client service.”
- Jeff Whitley is a member of the firm’s Litigation Team, with a focus on health care litigation. He has been involved in the representation of hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, assisting in litigation matters such as contract disputes, non-competition agreements, and professional malpractice issues. Additionally, Whitley assists with regulatory compliance issues for health care facilities.
Whitley graduated from Florida State University and Duke University School of Law, where he participated in multiple oral advocacy competitions as a member of the moot court board and co-authored a congressional white paper on the legal barriers to the interstate practice of telemedicine.
- Kristen Nowacki practices in the Litigation and Transportation Industry Teams and represents clients in tort actions and coverage matters. Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Nowacki clerked for the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., Senior U.S. District Court Judge, in Anderson, South Carolina.
Nowacki received her Bachelor of Arts in Religion with a minor in Ethics from Emory University and her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame.
- Whit Pierce is a member of the firm's Litigation Team. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Complementing his litigation practice, Pierce is a member of the firm's "Benefit Corporation Team." The Benefit Corporation Team focuses on serving the legal needs of aspiring and existing "benefit" or "B Corp" companies—businesses that seek profits along with social benefits.
Pierce graduated from North Carolina State University with his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Pierce earned his law degree from Wake Forest University, where he was an active board member of the Wake Forest Law Review. He is an officer in the Navy Reserve.