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Smith Moore Announces New Hires

Smith Moore Announces New Hires


October 14, 2002
Smith Moore LLP, a national law firm with a strong commitment to the Southeast, has recently added eight new attorneys to its team. Smith Moore has been growing since it split from Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore in March 2002. The firm is confident that the eight new attorneys will continue Smith Moore's long history of providing quality legal counsel and responsive service.

This infusion of accomplished recent law school graduates is the largest round of hires since March 2002. Smith Moore, a firm dedicated to preparing new lawyers to be top legal counsels in the interest of clients' long-term future, welcomes these new additions as part of it's firm.

Drew Brown joins the Litigation Practice and will be working in the Greensboro office. Drew recently graduated magna cum laude from Duke University where he was a Clyffod Goodman Scott Scholar.

Brown's other activities included: treasurer of the Moot Court Board, vice president of the Duke Law Republicans and a member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society. Brown also was a summer associate with Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore.

Laurie Clark joins the Litigation Practice and will work out of the Greensboro office. Clark graduated magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, where she served as the editor of the Tulane Law Review.

While in law school, Clark was awarded the Rufus C. Harris Award for Outstanding Civil Law Comment, and received the highest grade in her Torts, Civil Procedure, Admiralty and Civil Law Seminar.

Clark served as a law clerk under the Honorable P. Trevor Harp, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and the Honorable Morey L. Sear, Chief Judge Emeritus, United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

James Dewey joins the Business Practice and will be working out of the Greensboro office. Dewey recently graduated ninth in his class at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

During law school, Dewey served on the Dean's Advisory Committee and was awarded the Grossman-Pollitt Award. He also received the Best Attorney Award in the UNC Trial Law Academy competition. Dewey spent three summers working at various law firms throughout the Southeast as a summer associate.

Beth Gianopulos joins the Litigation Practice and will be working out of the Greensboro office. Gianopulos graduated cum laude from Wake Forest School of Law in 2001, where she was fourth in her class.

As a law student, Gianopulos was the Senior Notes and Comments Editor for the Law Review, as well as the Founding Member and Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Association. Since graduating, she has worked as a law clerk under the Honorable William L. Osteen, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Gianopulos has a long list of honors and awards to her name, including the A.J. Fletcher Scholarship, Best Oralist and Finalist in the Walker Moot Court Competition, Semi-Finalist in the First Year Trial Bar Competition, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Most Outstanding Advocate Award, and 11 CALI Excellence for the Future Awards.

Rachel Goldstein also joins the Litigation Practice in the Greensboro office. Goldstein recently graduated in the top 15 percent of her class at Wake Forest University School of Law.

While at Wake Forest, Goldstein received the Hoges Scholarship Award and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. In addition to being a summer associate with Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore, Goldstein also spent a summer as a health law intern for United States Senator John Edwards.

Before attending law school, Goldstein worked for several years as a registered nurse.

Leigh Hancher joins Smith Moore's Litigation Practice and will work out of the Atlanta office. Hancher recently graduated from Georgia State University, where she received an award for Outstanding Performance in Litigation. Hancher was active on the Georgia State Moot Court Board, attending the 2002 William and Mary Sponge Invitational as a finalist, and the 2001 National Health Law Competition as a quarterfinalist. She attended the 2001 Intra-State Competition as well.

In the 2000 Georgia State Appellate Advocacy competition, Hancher placed in the top five in the following categories: Overall Moot Court Candidate, Overall Oral Advocate, On-Brief Oral Advocate and Off-Brief Oral Advocate.

Hancher spent the past two summers working as a summer associate for Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore. During that time, she conducted legal research and prepared legal memoranda, briefs and motions. She answered interrogatories in the areas of health law, employment law, litigation, corporate law and insurance defense. She also attended and reported on state legislative hearings regarding changes in health care law, and prepared a survey of Georgia health care statutory law.

L. Cooper Harrell joins Smith Moore's Litigation Practice where he will focus on litigation. He will work out of the Greensboro office. Harrell recently graduated with Honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where was awarded the Grossman-Pollitt oral argument award for best appellee. In addition to being skilled in oral argument, Harrell was inducted into the Order of the Coif and involved with the American Bar Association, Community Legal Project, North Carolina Law Review and Prospective Student Association. He achieved three Faculty Awards for having the highest grade in his class and was awarded the Goudes Academic scholarship.

Harrell spent the past year as a law clerk researching and writing legal documents for the Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr., United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.

James Holland joins Smith Moore's Litigation Practice and will work out of the Raleigh office. Holland recently graduated with the Honor of Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy.

Also while in law school, Holland was a James M. Johnston Scholar, Publication Editor of the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, and member of Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity and Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Holland spent two summers as a summer associate with Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore.

Prior to law school, Holland worked as a Claims Consultant for the American Continental Insurance Company in Raleigh, N.C. He also worked as a Senior Claims Representative for The St. Paul Companies, the largest medical malpractice insurer in the United States.

Smith Moore LLP counsels and protects its clients, striving to build business leaders in the Southeast and the nation. Founded in 1919, the firm is dedicated to providing quality legal counsel and responsive service. The thoughtful and active approach taken by Smith Moore's attorneys to counseling all of their clients - from multinational, Fortune 500 companies to local businesses - inspires client loyalty and creates long-lasting partnerships. Smith Moore has four main practice areas: Business, Health Care, Labor & Employment and Litigation. The firm's more than 100 attorneys operate out of three main offices in Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga.
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