RALEIGH, N.C. - Two attorneys from the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood were recently elected as officers of the Wake County Bar Association. Ted Edwards, a construction counselor and litigator, has been elected to serve as president. Mark Finkelstein, a business litigator, has been appointed to the board of directors of the county bar and its closely affiliated 10th Judicial District Bar.
"Ted and Mark are the kinds of lawyers, and friends, by whom we are pleased to be recognized and led in the Triangle," said Brad Risinger, managing partner of the firm's Raleigh office. "We are encouraged, but not surprised, that their peers in the legal community feel that way also."
Edwards focuses his practice on providing counsel to owners, engineers and contractors regarding construction project administration and construction litigation. He was awarded the William L. Thorpe Pro Bono Attorney Award in 2006 by the N.C. Bar Association, was selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in the North Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Stars edition in 2009, was recognized by Business North Carolina as Legal Elite in 2008 and 2009 and received the top "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Edwards has also served as the immediate past president of the African-American Real Estate Professionals of North Carolina, the past president of the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina and past chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the N.C. Bar Association. He is on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and a founding member of United Minority Contractors of North Carolina.
He graduated from Duke University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1994.
Finkelstein's area of practice focuses on litigation and legal advice regarding business, intellectual property, corporate disputes, construction, environmental issues, unfair or deceptive trade practices and employment matters.
He was selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in the North Carolina Super Lawyers edition for 2007, 2009 and 2010. Finkelstein was elected president of the Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp Inn of Court, achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest "AV" rating from his peers and was selected to teach for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over a decade. He is also chairman of the Raleigh Environmental Quality Advisory Board and vice president and on the board of directors of Mediation Services of Wake, Inc.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, with honors, in 1985. Finkelstein was a supervisory attorney in Duke University School of Law's Clinical Program, taught in the civil litigation specialty program at Meredith College’s post graduate paralegal program and has lectured for several universities across the state.