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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys, Practice Areas Earn Top Rankings in 2009 Chambers USA

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys, Practice Areas Earn Top Rankings in 2009 Chambers USA

June 16, 2009

Greensboro, NC – The 2009 Chambers USA ranking of attorneys and law firms based on their respective strengths and reputation includes 16 attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.  Nine of the firm's practice areas, from three different states, are also included in the annual ranking.

The 16 attorneys listed in Chambers USA are the most ever for Smith Moore Leatherwood.  Meanwhile, three attorneys from the firm's Greensboro office, Martin N. Erwin, Labor and Employment; Charles E. Melvin, Real Estate:  Zoning/Land Use; and Stephen W. Earp, Environment, received Chambers' highest ranking for North Carolina lawyers in their respective practice areas for the third consecutive year.

Thirteen other Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys, from offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, were also highlighted for recognition in the publication's 2009 rankings:

Top Ranked Chambers USALarry B. Sitton, General Commercial Litigation, Charlotte, NC;
Fred M. Wood, Jr., General Commercial Litigation, Charlotte, NC;
Jonathan A. Berkelhammer, General Commercial Litigation, Greensboro, NC;
Brian Byrd, Real Estate, Greensboro, NC;
Alan W. Duncan, General Commercial Litigation, Greensboro, NC;
Ramona Cunningham O’Bryant, Environment, Greensboro, NC;
Julianna C. Theall, Labor and Employment, Greensboro, NC;
George J. Oliver, Labor and Employment, Raleigh, NC;
Richard L. Few, Corporate/M&A, Greenville, SC;
Michael J. Giese, General Commercial Litigation, Greenville, SC;
Marvin Quattlebaum, Real Estate, Greenville, SC;
Barry S. Herrin, Healthcare, Atlanta;
Tobin N. Watt, Healthcare, Atlanta;

Along with the recognition given individual attorneys, nine of the firm's practice areas were listed in the 2009 rankings, including Environmental law, General Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment, Corporate/M&A and Real Estate in North Carolina; Corporate/M&A, General Commercial Litigation and Real Estate in South Carolina and Healthcare in Georgia.

Chambers USA is an international publication that rates attorneys and law firms according to input from the lawyers' clients, colleagues and peers.  Chambers' publishers say criteria for the rankings include "technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, and other qualities valued by clients."

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

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000 ext. 23


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