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Three Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Named 2011 Emerging Legal Leaders By North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

Three Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Named 2011 Emerging Legal Leaders By North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

November 1, 2011

Attorneys in the Greensboro, Charlotte and Wilmington offices honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Attorneys Frankie Jones, Jr., Jill Raspet and Dr. John Zimmer of Smith Moore Leatherwood have recently been recognized as Emerging Legal Leaders by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. This award honors North Carolina's most outstanding young attorneys.
The honorees, including Jones, Raspet and Zimmer, were selected based on outstanding leadership in their profession, community involvement and personal lives. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly selected attorneys who have practiced 10 years or less from a diverse group of firms ranging in size and practice areas.

Frankie Jones, Jr.
Frankie Jones, Jr., based in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office, is a member of the firm's real estate and litigation practice groups. He served as president of the Omicron Delta Kappa academic honor society and as president of the Black Law Students Association while at the University of Virginia. He currently serves as co-chairman of the Greensboro Chapter of the Davidson College Alumni Association and as a member of the Friends of Center City Park steering committee. In 2010, Jones was recognized by Triad Business Journal in its annual "40 Under Forty" Leadership Awards.

Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 2005 and received his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008.

Jill Raspet
Jill Raspet, an attorney in the Wilmington office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, is a member of the Trusts and Estates Team. She is the president of the New Hanover County Estate Planning Council and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Raspet was honored in 2011 as a member of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in the field of Tax and Estate Planning and currently is on the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Bar Association. Raspet graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, summa cum laude, in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree and received her juris doctor in 2002 from the Wake Forest University School of Law, magna cum laude.

Dr. John Zimmer
Dr. John Zimmer, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, focuses his practice on various patent-related matters including patent prosecution in the chemical and materials science areas. He holds four patents related to colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and has co-authored 13 papers appearing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine and Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Zimmer graduated from Washington & Lee University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He received his doctorate in 2006 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Inorganic Chemistry and his law degree in 2009 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, summa cum laude.

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