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Smith Moore Attorneys Honored as Legal Elite

Smith Moore Attorneys Honored as Legal Elite

January 20, 2004
Smith Moore LLP is proud to announce 11 of its attorneys have been named to Business North Carolina's 2004 Legal Elite listing of the best lawyers in their fields in nine of 12 possible categories. Three of the firm's attorneys, J. Donald Cowan, Jr., Charles E. Melvin, Jr., and Larry B. Sitton, were selected by their peers in more than one category, and 10 of the 11 attorneys also were included among the Legal Elite in 2003.

This year, term limits were created for the top winners in each category from previous years. Considered among the state's top practitioners, those lawyers are recognized in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Smith Moore's Jerry Oliver is included in the employment category within this group.

Smith Moore attorneys recognized in the 2004 Legal Elite listing include:
  • Antitrust
    • J. Donald Cowan, Jr. (Greensboro)
    • Larry B. Sitton (Greensboro)
  • Business Law
    • Kent Auberry (Greensboro)
  • Construction
    • Bruce Ashley (Greensboro)
    • Charles E. Melvin, Jr. (Greensboro)
  • Real Estate
    • Charles E. Melvin, Jr. (Greensboro)
  • Employment Law
    • Alexander L. Maultsby (Greensboro)
    • Julianna C. Theall (Greensboro)
  • Environmental Law
    • Stephen W. Earp (Greensboro)
  • Litigation
    • J. Donald Cowan, Jr. (Greensboro)
    • Alan W. Duncan (Greensboro)
    • Larry B. Sitton (Greensboro)
  • Patents/Intellectual Property
    • James A. Medford (Greensboro)
  • Taxes/Estate Planning
    • Carole W. Bruce (Greensboro)

In determining the attorneys qualified to make the list of the third annual Legal Elite, Business North Carolina expanded the poll from past years. The publication distributed ballots to every lawyer licensed by the State Bar living in North Carolina, which was a total of more than 16,500 lawyers or more than double the number of individuals to which ballots were sent for the 2003 listing. Also new this year, construction and real estate were split into two separate categories, and criminal defense was added as a category.

Business North Carolina asked each attorney receiving a ballot to vote for the attorneys they thought were the best in each of the 12 business-related categories. Participants were not permitted to vote for themselves. Attorneys could vote for members of their firms, but only if they also voted for someone outside of their firm in the same category. Votes cast for attorneys outside of a voter's firm were weighed more heavily than those for colleagues. Lawyers who did not receive votes from outside of their firm did not qualify, regardless of the number of votes received.

Contact: Kathryn Viets (919) 277-1162


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