With the addition of five attorneys in September 2003 alone, Smith Moore LLP has continued the expansion of its Raleigh office. This expansion builds on a trend within the firm, which has been steadily growing for more than a year. Among these additions, Partner Denise Smith Cline and Associate Marc Tucker recently joined Smith Moore from Moore & Van Allen PLLC, bringing added commercial litigation and employment law experience to the firm. Three new associates, Molly Huggins, Elizabeth Brooks Scherer and Laura Loyek, also are joining Smith Moore on the firm's health care and litigation teams.
"The economy may be down, but this firm's growth is up," said Steve Earp, managing partner of Smith Moore. "We aggressively seek opportunities to grow, and our ability to offer the benefits of a large firm and the collegial atmosphere of a small one has attracted top people, which has been key in expanding our client base in all three of our offices."
Cline's varied litigation practice focuses on employment law and medical malpractice defense. Prior to joining Smith Moore, Cline served as an equity partner with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, where she practiced law for nearly 20 years. At Moore & Van Allen, she litigated cases and represented clients in arbitrations before state, federal and administrative courts and agencies on such issues as labor and employment law, health care litigation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and medical malpractice. She also counseled clients on a wide array of employment issues, including hiring, firing, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge claims, severance, and covenants not to compete.
Cline is a certified mediator and has been a senior lecturing fellow at the Duke University School of Law. She studied at the University of Reading in England, received her bachelor's degree from Davidson College, and earned her law degree from the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cline clerked for Chief Justice Joseph B. Branch and then Associate Justice Burley B. Mitchell, Jr.
Tucker's litigation practice also focuses on employment law and medical malpractice defense, including experience handling malpractice cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. He spent the last three years as a litigation associate with Moore & Van Allen, where he represented clients in state and federal courts in commercial, environmental, and professional malpractice matters. Previously, Tucker served as a litigation associate with Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz, P.C., in Southfield, Mich. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his law degree from the University of Detroit's Mercy School of Law.
Huggins brings to Smith Moore an educational background and experience in health care. Huggins served as a summer associate with Moore & Van Allen and Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in Charleston, S.C., prior to working at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina in Durham, Care, Alliance Health Services in Charleston, and Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Huggins earned her bachelor's degree from Davidson College, her master's degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, and her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Law.
Scherer has completed two clerkships with Judge Malcolm J. Howard of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and Judge H. Emory Widener of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She also served as a summer associate with Haynsworth, Baldwin, Johnson, & Greaves in Greenville, S.C., and Chambliss, Bahner, & Stophel in Chattanooga, Tenn. She earned her bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Georgia, where she received the Order of the Coif and served as executive notes editor for the Georgia Law Review.
Loyek's litigation practice began with a stint as a summer associate with Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore LLP - Smith Moore's predecessor. She also completed a summer associate position with Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago and a clerkship with Chief Judge Terrence W. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Loyek earned her bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she acted as primary editor and academic liaison for article solicitation of the Women's Law Journal and spent a year volunteering with the Northeastern School of Law Hospital Project.
Contact: Kathryn Viets (919) 277-1162