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Smith Moore Attorneys Honored As Legal Elite

Smith Moore Attorneys Honored As Legal Elite

January 18, 2005

Thirteen Attorneys Voted Best in Their Field by Peers Across North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Smith Moore LLP is proud to announce that 13 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to Business North Carolina’s 2005 Legal Elite listing of the best lawyers in their fields.  The list appears in the magazine’s January issue.  Smith Moore attorneys were recognized in nine of 12 possible categories.

In addition to being selected in multiple categories, Larry B. Sitton received the prestigious honor of being named Top Legal Elite Antitrust Attorney for 2005.  Ten of the 13 attorneys selected are previous Legal Elite honorees, and J. Donald Cowan, Jr. was selected in multiple categories for the third year in a row.

Term limits were created for the top winners in each category from previous years.  Considered among the state’s top practitioners, those lawyers are recognized in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame.  Smith Moore Partner J. George Oliver is included in the labor and employment category within this group.

Smith Moore attorneys recognized in the 2005 Legal Elite listing include:

In the Antitrust category:  J. Donald Cowan, Jr. and Lisa Frye Garrison.

In the Business Law category:  Kent Auberry.

In the Construction category:  Bruce P. Ashley.

In the Real Estate category:  Charles E. Melvin, Jr. and E. Garrett Walker.

In the Employment Law category:  Julianna C. Theall.

In the Environmental Law category:  William E. Burton and Stephen W. Earp.

In the Litigation category:  Jonathan A. Berkelhammer, J. Donald Cowan, Jr., and Larry B. Sitton.

In the Patents/Intellectual Property category:  James A. Medford.

In the Taxes/Estate Planning category:  Carole W. Bruce.

To select the Legal Elite honorees, Business North Carolina distributed ballots to the nearly 17,000 lawyers licensed by the State Bar in North Carolina, asking them to name the best attorneys in a variety of legal categories.

Participants were not permitted to vote for themselves.  Attorneys could vote for members of their firms, but only if they also voted for someone outside of their firm in the same category.  Votes cast for attorneys outside of a voter’s firm were weighed more heavily than those for colleagues.  Lawyers who did not receive votes from outside of their firm did not qualify, regardless of the number of votes received.

Contact:  Steve Powell
For Smith Moore LLP



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