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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Recognized by FDCC

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Recognized by FDCC

August 20, 2008

Allison Van Laningham earns Andrew C. Hecker Award

GREENSBORO, NC – The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) has recognized Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorney Allison Overbay Van Laningham with its annual Andrew C. Hecker Award.  The award recognizes the Federation member who authors the year's most outstanding article in the FDCC Quarterly, a law review journal published by Marquette University School of Law.

"The FDCC is a tremendous organization with a legacy of outstanding members and it is an honor to be recognized with the Hecker Award," says Van Laningham.  "The FDCC is a wonderful resource that offers me the opportunity to collaborate with great lawyers throughout the country for the benefit of our clients at Smith Moore Leatherwood."

The FDCC is composed of leaders in the legal community who have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction, and are committed to promoting knowledge, fellowship, professionalism and justice.  Van Laningham was recognized for her article, "Navigating the Brave New World of E-Discovery: Ethics, Sanctions and Spoliation," published in the Summer 2007 edition of FDCC Quarterly.  The award is named in honor of Hecker, who passed away in 1994 and was a senior partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Hecker, Brown, Sherry and Johnson.

Van Laningham is a litigator in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Greensboro office.  She focuses her practice on complex legal issues and frequently works with corporate clients, media and First Amendment clients, and professional malpractice defendants.  She holds undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
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