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Lisa W. Arthur

Lisa W. Arthur

Associate

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Overview

Lisa is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group. She focuses her practice on defending municipalities in a variety of disputes in  state and federal court, including excessive force claims, negligence actions, constitutional claims, zoning disputes, and breach of contract litigation.  Lisa recently defended a police officer in North Carolina state court against claims of assault, battery, false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.

Lisa also handles employment matters, including cases involving breach of noncompetition clauses, Woodson claims, and Pleasant claims.

Lisa is also a member of the firm's "Benefit Corporation Team." The "B Team" focuses on exploring and serving the legal needs of aspiring or existing "benefit" or "B Corp" companies –for-profit businesses that seek to better the world through identified social missions and by focusing on sustainability and TPL/3BL (the "triple bottom line" pillars of profits, people, and planet.)

Prior to joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Lisa earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2012, where she was the Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology.

Achievements
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Business Litigation (2017)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2016
  • Served as Editor in Chief for the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology
  • 2010 Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy, Best Overall
  • Ferebee Taylor Award for UNC Honor System, Chancellor's Award
  • Hampton Shuping Prize for Kenan-Flagler Business School, Chancellor's Award
  • Hal Kearns Reynolds Class of 1924 Memorial Scholarship
  • Jimmy Garrell-Tabor City Award for Excellence in Leadership
Community
  • Other Voices Class of 2015
  • Co-Chair of the Triad Associates' Drive for Legal Aid
  • Lawyer on the Line Volunteer
  • Smith Moore Leatherwood's Meals on Heels Group
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Business Administration with a Second Major in Journalism (Public Relations), 2009
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2012
Admissions
  • North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2012
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2012
Affiliations
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Membership Chair, NCBA Litigation Council
    • Citizen Lawyer Committee
  • Greensboro Bar Association
    • Greensboro Young Lawyers Section Board Member
  • Federal Bar Association Middle District of North Carolina Chapter
  • Guilford Inn of Court
Academic Honors
  • Graduated law school with honors
  • Graduated Kenan Flagler business school with highest honors
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