Greensboro, N.C. – Lisa Shortt, an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, recently received the firm's McNeill Smith Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award for her significant pro bono work in 2013.
The McNeill Smith Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award was created, as part of the firm's ongoing pro bono program, to honor an attorney for his or her pro bono service. Named for John McNeill Smith Jr., a long-standing attorney who practiced law for more than 50 years with the firm, the award recognizes an attorney who is dedicated to public service. Smith was well-known as an attorney who stood up for the rights of others, and the award recognizes other attorneys who uphold these same values.
Shortt, the 2013 recipient of the McNeill Smith Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award, sought to give back to her community by being an on-call volunteer for North Carolina Legal Aid and by providing prompt legal and/or practical advice to individuals who are otherwise unable to afford legal services. She focuses her litigation and workers' compensation practice on defending occupational exposure claims, medical device products liability claims, and responding to Medicare and Medicaid audits and investigations.
"Lisa is incredibly deserving of the firm's McNeill Smith pro bono award as she routinely steps up to the plate when Legal Aid or the NC Bar sends a referral," said Tami McKnew, a member of the firm's pro bono committee. "Lisa is truly inspiring and we congratulate her on this high and laudable achievement."
Shortt earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Guilford College and an M.B.A. and J.D. from Wake Forest University.