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Smith Moore Leatherwood Expands Charlotte Office

Smith Moore Leatherwood Expands Charlotte Office

March 30, 2009

Firm increases litigation strength in Queen City

CHARLOTTE, NC — Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP continues to expand its Charlotte office with the addition of three commercial litigators from Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal. Fred M. Wood, Jr., C. Marshall Lindsay, and Evan M. Sauda have joined Smith Moore Leatherwood's Charlotte office, further adding to that office’s litigation strength.

"Charlotte continues to be a key focus for us," said Steve Earp, Smith Moore Leatherwood's managing partner.  "The volatility in the financial services sector, as well as the general growth of business litigation, makes Charlotte an essential component of our litigation practice.  In just over two years, we've expanded the Charlotte office from two to 14 attorneys, allowing us to better serve our current and prospective clients.  The addition of talented attorneys like Fred, Marshall, and Evan fits perfectly with our strategic vision for the firm."

The Charlotte office of Smith Moore LLP opened in January 2007.  In July 2008, Smith Moore combined practices with attorneys from Leatherwood Walker Todd & Mann PC, to form Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP.  With over 180 attorneys, the firm also has offices in Atlanta, Greenville, SC, and Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC.

Fred Wood, who joins the firm as a partner, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation.  He also has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry in litigation arising out of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  Wood has been selected by Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009, and is listed in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in litigation.  He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MBA and law degrees from Wake Forest University.

Marshall Lindsay also focuses his practice in commercial litigation, working with companies in matters involving contract disputes, business torts, product liability, construction disputes, insurance coverage and environmental legislation.  Lindsay is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Evan Sauda litigates a broad range of business disputes in state and federal courts and focuses his practice on contract disputes and business torts.  Sauda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000, ext. 23

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