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Smith Moore Leatherwood Achieves Top Rankings Across Seven Practice Areas In 2016 <i>Chambers USA</i>® Guide

Smith Moore Leatherwood Achieves Top Rankings Across Seven Practice Areas In 2016 Chambers USA® Guide

May 27, 2016

Greenville, SC — Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that twenty-five attorneys have earned recognition in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide by Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world's leading guides to the legal profession.

Top Ranked Chambers USAThe firm also received rankings across seven key practice areas, including recognition in North and South Carolina for work in: Litigation, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate. In North Carolina the firm was awarded the highest Bank 1 ranking for Health Care and was also recognized for its Environment, Labor & Employment, and Intellectual Property practices. The firm was recognized in Georgia for its Health Care practice.

Three attorneys from the firm's Greensboro office and one from the Raleigh office received Chambers' highest Band 1 ranking in North Carolina in their respective practice areas – Maureen Demarest Murray and Robert L. Wilson Jr. for Health Care; Julianna Theall Earp for Labor & Employment; and Thomas E. Terrell Jr. for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use. In addition, two attorneys in North Carolina made their first appearance on the list – Laura Deddish Burton (Greensboro) for Labor & Employment: Immigration, and Patricia A. Markus (Raleigh) for Health Care.

In its 17th year of publication, the Chambers USA Guide is an annual ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States. Results are obtained through hours of research and thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers, with greater weight given to the views of clients. The qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities highly valued by clients.

A client interviewed by Chambers commented, "They treat the business relationship as a partnership, and approach our problems as their problems; they're excellent."

The 25 Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys recognized as leaders in their states and practice areas include:

Corporate/ M&A

  • E. Kent Auberry, Greensboro, NC
  • Frank C. Williams III, Greenville, SC


  • Stephen W. Earp, Greensboro, NC
  • Mona Cunningham O'Bryant, Greensboro, NC

Health Care

  • Terrill Johnson Harris, Greensboro, NC
  • Barry S. Herrin, Atlanta, GA
  • Patricia A. Markus, Raleigh, NC
  • Maureen Demarest Murray, Greensboro, NC
  • Lawrence J. Myers, Atlanta, GA
  • Tobin N. Watt, Atlanta, GA
  • Robert L. Wilson Jr., Raleigh, NC

Labor & Employment

  • Laura Deddish Burton, Greensboro, NC
  • Julianna Theall Earp, Greensboro, NC
  • Alexander L. Maultsby, Greensboro, NC
  • George J. Oliver, Raleigh, NC
  • Patti West Ramseur, Greensboro, NC


  • Steven E. Farrar, Greenville, SC
  • Robert R. Marcus, Charlotte, NC
  • Robert D. Moseley Jr., Greenville, SC
  • Larry B. Sitton, Charlotte, NC (Senior Statesmen)
  • Fred M. Wood Jr., Charlotte, NC

Real Estate

  • Michele Fuller Lyerly, Greenville, SC
  • Charles E. Melvin Jr., Greensboro, NC (Senior Statesmen)
  • Marvin A. Quattlebaum, Greenville, SC
  • Thomas E. Terrell Jr., Greensboro, NC

For more information about Chambers and Partners research and ranking methodology, visit

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Ashley Shelley


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