Greensboro, N.C. — Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys Diana Palecek and Carrie Hanger will be honored with North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's 2013 Leaders in the Law award during a reception on September 18. The award recognizes 28 of the most influential individuals within the North Carolina legal community.
The esteemed Leaders in the Law awards program honors influential attorneys, judges and corporate counsel who have attained significant professional accomplishments. These achievements include outstanding contributions to the North Carolina practice of law, a record of winning cases, proven leadership skills and important contributions to the legal community and the community at large. Honorees are nominated by their colleagues, clients and other legal professionals and selected by a committee drawn from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's editorial department.
Palecek is a member of the firm's banking and finance, and real estate development practice groups. Her practice area focuses on commercial real estate transactions and commercial lending, including leasing, lending, and workouts and foreclosures. Palecek has served as an Erskine College alumni board member for three years, is a Fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, is an active member of CREW Charlotte, Inc. where she serves as co-chair of the Communications Committee, and is involved in a variety of other civic service organizations. She is a 2010 inductee into the Erskine College Academic Hall of Fame.
Palecek graduated magna cum laude from Erskine College with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is a 1992 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law.
Hanger is a member of the firm's health care practice group. She advises clients and litigates issues concerning certificates of need, facility licensure and certification surveys and penalty appeals, medical staff issues, fraud and abuse investigations, other health care regulatory compliance matters, and issues related to clinical research. She serves on the Board of Directors at the Bell House, a non-profit agency that provides support for adults with ortho-neurogical disabilities. Hanger has previously served on the Board of Directors for SECU Hospital Guest House of Winston-Salem. She also volunteers as an attorney for the interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children before North Carolina appellate courts.
Hanger received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Davidson College and her Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law.
About North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly
Founded in 1988, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly is a state-wide newspaper for attorneys. The publication, available in both print and digital formats, reports all on legal decisions issued by state and federal courts in North Carolina. It keeps lawyers informed on all changes to court rules, verdict and settlement reports, bar discipline and other pertinent legal information.