Greensboro, N.C. — Jon Berkelhammer, a partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, was recently elected the 36th president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) and was installed at the annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina during the weekend of June 13-16, 2013.
"Jon is incredibly deserving of his recent appointment as President of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys," said Kent Auberry, partner in charge of the firm's Greensboro office. "He has been a dedicated member of the NCADA, and we are proud that his commitment to the association has been recognized. His past leadership roles and experience in the state and federal courts will offer valuable insight as the NCADA continues to support attorneys in civil defense law."
The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, a membership organization established in 1977, serves as a resource for educational opportunities, networking and information sharing for civil defense trial attorneys in North Carolina. The NCADA is the only association in the state focused solely on strengthening the civil defense law practice area.
Berkelhammer's areas of focus include business and intellectual property litigation, catastrophic personal injury and product liability litigation, as well as various commercial litigation matters, including minority and majority shareholder disputes. He regularly appears in both the state and federal trial and appellate courts and the North Carolina Business Courts.
Berkelhammer serves as an instructor in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy for the Southeast Region Trial Skills Program held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He was selected by his peers as Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Product Liability Litigation in 2012 for Greensboro. He has also been selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers for business litigation, and named as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in North Carolina since 2006. In addition, he has been recognized eight times as Legal Elite by Business North Carolina. Berkelhammer is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Product Liability Advisory Council.
Berkelhammer received his Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1979 and his juris doctor, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1982, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and Order of the Coif.
About the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys:
The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys brings together civil trial attorneys to promote the exchange of information, ideas, and litigation techniques, and to strengthen the practice, improve the skills, and enhance the knowledge of lawyers defending individuals and businesses in North Carolina. The NCADA represents over 1000 civil litigation attorneys and paralegals in North Carolina. For more information about the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys, please contact the Association office at (919) 657-1576 or visit www.ncada.org.