Charlotte, N.C. – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has once again earned top rankings in the 2013 U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey. This year the firm has risen from national recognition in one practice area to six: Insurance Law, Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Litigation.
"Our rise in national recognition shows that our national profile is expanding," said Rob Marcus, chair of the firm's Management Committee. "I am always pleased when a survey ranks our firm's practice areas among the top in our markets, but the fact that this recognition comes from our clients and peers is the most meaningful. For the third year in a row, dozens of our practice areas are recognized by U.S. News and Best Lawyers."
The firm earned Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in its Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville and Raleigh offices in a total of 31 practice areas; Metropolitan Tier 2 rankings in its Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville and Raleigh offices in a total of 23 practice areas; and Metropolitan Tier 3 rankings in its Greensboro and Raleigh offices in a total of five practice areas.
The full survey appears in the November 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report magazine and a special section on the USNews.com website. Rankings were based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Clients and peers were asked to assess law firms for their responsiveness, understanding of client business needs, cost-effectiveness, integrity, civility and whether they would refer a client to the law firm.