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Smith Moore Adds Diana Palecek to Real Estate Practice Group

Smith Moore Adds Diana Palecek to Real Estate Practice Group

July 3, 2007

GREENSBORO – Smith Moore LLP has added Diana Palecek to its real estate practice group.  Palecek will focus her practice on commercial real estate transactions and development, representing lenders and developers.

Palecek will work from Smith Moore's Greensboro office for several weeks before officially moving to its recently opened Charlotte office in late July.  Smith Moore's real estate practice extends throughout the state and according to the firm's real estate practice leader, Brian Byrd, Palecek's work from the Charlotte office will expand the firm's capabilities in one of the fastest-growing regions of the state.  "Diana is a highly respected real estate and finance lawyer.  Her presence will bolster our ability to serve real estate clients with projects in Charlotte, western North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as clients in Charlotte's financial services industry."

Palecek served for eight years at Wachovia Bank as counsel to its commercial real estate and secured lending department.  Since 2001, she has been with Lincoln-Financial Group as in-house counsel, serving its investment department and representing the company in connection with mortgage loan and real estate investments, as well as other real estate matters.  "I am excited to have joined a highly respected firm and practice group," said Palecek.  "I look forward to contributing my knowledge of the financial services industry as I represent clients of Smith Moore's real estate practice group."

She is a graduate of Erskine College and Wake Forest University School of Law.  She's a fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and has served on the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Council, the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center Board of Directors, and the Erskine College Alumni Board.

Contact: Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore LLP

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