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One of NC's Largest Law Firms Setting Up Shop in Charlotte


March 1, 2007

Smith Moore LLP will base some of NC's top commercial litigation and corporate attorneys in new Charlotte office.

CHARLOTTE – Smith Moore LLP has opened a new office in uptown Charlotte, further strengthening its position as one of the Southeast's leading law firms.  Practicing from the Charlotte office will be some of Smith Moore's most experienced and widely recognized attorneys in the areas of business litigation, corporate law, real estate development, tax law and wealth management.

"Having a physical presence in Charlotte has been a top strategic priority for Smith Moore," says Steve Earp, the firm's managing partner.  "With the growth we are realizing in the size and scope of our practice, it's only fitting that we have a base of operations in North Carolina's largest city and one of the most dynamic business centers in the country."

Smith Moore's Charlotte office will temporarily be located at 201 S. College St., Suite 110, while final negotiations are completed for its permanent office.

Earp says establishing the Charlotte office was important to Smith Moore because of the continuing growth of Smith Moore's work with clients in Charlotte and western North Carolina, along with the opportunity to have offices in proximity to the court venues where considerable business litigation is centered.  "With North Carolina offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington, Smith Moore is now one of the few law firms to have an office and a litigation team in each location of the North Carolina Business Court and in each federal court district in the State.  Additionally, this gives us an opportunity to expand further our already significant corporate and real estate practice into the greater Charlotte area, western North Carolina, and along the I-85 business corridor."  Smith Moore also has an office in Atlanta.

Larry Sitton, one of North Carolina's preeminent commercial litigation attorneys and a former president of the North Carolina Bar Association, will be the senior litigator of Smith Moore's Charlotte office.  "Establishing an office in Charlotte is a logical move for us," Sitton says.  "It gives our litigation practice one of the broadest platforms in the state, and gives Smith Moore a strategic advantage in serving our clients."

Joining Sitton to form Smith Moore's Charlotte litigation team will be three accomplished commercial litigators from the firm's Greensboro office: Rob Marcus, Jon Heyl and Heather White.  Marcus will assist Sitton in leading the firm's litigation practice in Charlotte.

To establish the corporate law practice in the Charlotte office, Rich Drake and Lynn Chandler will join Smith Moore from the former Charlotte office of Morris Manning & Martin.  Drake focuses his practice on general business and real estate development, while Chandler focuses on tax law, wealth transfer, succession planning and estate planning.  Joining Drake and Chandler in the move to Smith Moore will be Janice Davies and Tanya Oesterreich, bringing the initial contingent of Smith Moore attorneys in Charlotte to eight.

Smith Moore was identified as the sixth largest law firm in North Carolina in 2006 rankings compiled by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.

Contact: Steve Powell
For Smith Moore LLP
336-275-7000
spowell@bouvierkelly.com


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