Greenville, SC – Smith Moore Leatherwood has announced five associates firm-wide have been elected to partnership.
"Our firm continues to grow strategically in both services and talent," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm's management committee. "We are delighted to announce the promotion of Laura Burton, Steven Henry, Jay Holland, Diana Palecek and Jill Raspet to partner."
Burton is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in immigration law with her practice focusing predominately on immigration and international law. She is an active member of the community as the president of the Women’s Professional Forum, serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Board Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar, is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is the chair of the Immigration Specialist Committee on the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization.
Henry is a litigator who represents businesses and individuals faced with complex legal, regulatory and business issues. He has experience in commercial, products liability, employment, environmental, healthcare, securities, financial services and general business matters, white collar criminal defense, client counseling, governmental and internal corporate investigations and regulatory compliance. Henry also has experience as a financial and management consultant. He has been an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood for four years.
Holland is a member of the firm's Litigation and Health Care practice groups. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, including real estate and land use actions, title insurance claims, contract and insurance disputes, landlord-tenant matters, medical malpractice defense and product liability cases. Holland also counsels clients on insurance and risk management matters, insurance regulations and other operational and regulatory issues. He has been an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood for more than eight years.
Palecek is a member of the firm’s banking and finance and real estate development practice groups. Her practice area focuses on commercial real estate transactions and commercial lending, including leasing, lending, and workouts and foreclosures. Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Palecek served as in-house counsel for Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem and Delaware Investment Advisers, the investment division of the Lincoln Financial Group (formerly Jefferson Pilot Financial) in Greensboro. She is a 1992 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law. Palecek is a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
Raspet is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and is a member of the firm's Trusts and Estates team. She assists clients in drafting and executing comprehensive estate plans, with specific emphasis on estate tax, gift tax and charitable gift planning. She also assists fiduciaries, such as executors and trustees, on matters involving estate and trust administration. Raspet was named a North Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Star by Law & Politics Magazine for 2009-2010 and is a regular columnist on estate planning issues in Livin’ Out Loud, a magazine based in Wilmington. She has been an attorney with Smith Moore Leatherwood for more than three years.