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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Recognized by 2016 Georgia

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Recognized by 2016 Georgia 'Super Lawyers'

February 22, 2016

Atlanta, Ga. – Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that attorneys J. Robert Persons and Robert B. Wedge have been selected to the 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers list for their high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Persons is a partner and member of the firm's litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on transportation, construction, product and professional liability cases, directors' and officers' liability cases, and both insurers and policyholders in complex insurance coverage litigation. Much of his insurance practice involves excess and bad faith claims. He served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia for 15 years and currently serves on the State Bar's Disciplinary Review Panel. He taught the Insurance Law course at the University of Georgia School of Law from 2008-2011 as an adjunct professor. He is a Foundation Fellow of the State Bar of Georgia. He belongs to the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, DRI and IADC. He received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Wedge is a member of the firm's management committee and is the partner in charge of the Atlanta office. He focuses his practice on litigation involving commercial contracts and leases, construction contracts and claims, partnership agreements, insurance coverage disputes, professional liability claims and personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims. He is also an experienced mediator of complex cases.  His current and former professional affiliations include the Georgia State Bar (current board member of the Professional Liability Section), the Atlanta Bar Association (former Chair of the ADR Section), the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia (Fellow), the Lawyers Club of Atlanta and the American Bar Association (longtime member of the Construction Law Section and the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee).  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Incidentally, Persons and Wedge were classmates at Georgia Law School and teamed up to win first place in both the UGA Law School Moot Court Competition and the State of Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition, which included teams from UGA, Emory and Mercer Law Schools. 

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