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Business Leader Names Kim Gatling and Jeri Whitfield Women Extraordinaire

Business Leader Names Kim Gatling and Jeri Whitfield Women Extraordinaire

December 9, 2009

GREENSBORO, NC – Business Leader magazine has confirmed what Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys, clients and Triad community members have known for several years in selecting Kimberly Bullock Gatling and Jeri L. Whitfield as Women Extraordinaire.

According to Business Leader, the Women Extraordinaire Award honors women of outstanding accomplishment who are leaders, innovators and problem-solvers, and who serve as an inspiration and mentor to others. Both Gatling and Whitfield are partners in the firm's Greensboro office, with Gatling concentrating her practice on intellectual property matters and Whitfield serving as a leader in the firm's workers' compensation and litigation practice.

Gatling is a registered patent attorney and prosecutes patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She also advises clients on copyright matters, Internet law, technology agreements, and intellectual property licensing and litigation.

Gatling has been selected as one of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite and is actively involved in the North Carolina Bar Association where she serves on the Board of Governors and is a past-chair of the Intellectual Property Section. She also serves on the boards of multiple civic organizations including United Way of Greater Greensboro, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro, Women's Resource Center, and Triad Stage. Gatling is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and The George Washington University School of Law.

Whitfield is Board Certified as a Specialist in Workers' Compensation law and has extensive litigation experience handling complex occupational disease cases, including asbestos-related litigation, while her civil practice includes handling toxic tort and premises liability claims before trial and appellate courts.

She has been selected by her peers as a North Carolina Super Lawyer, and cited as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the state. She has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for over 10 years.

Whitfield is an officer and board member of the Women's Professional Forum Foundation, a member of the Women's Professional Forum, vice-chair of the Board of Legal Specialization, an executive committee member of the Chief Justice's Committee on Professionalism and is a past president of the Eighteenth Judicial District Bar. Whitfield holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a law degree from The George Washington University.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000, ext. 23


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