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Smith Moore Continues Growth with  Wilmington Office Expansion

Smith Moore Continues Growth with Wilmington Office Expansion

June 19, 2007

David Barefoot, Frank Martin and David Martin expand focus in real estate, corporate finance and estate planning practice areas.

WILMINGTON – Three of Wilmington's best-regarded business lawyers are moving their practices to the Wilmington office of Smith Moore LLP.  David Barefoot, Frank Martin and David Martin, formerly with Manning Fulton & Skinner in Wilmington, are joining Smith Moore, the firm announced today.  In addition, Jill Raspet is joining Smith Moore's Wilmington office, moving her practice from Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston in Greensboro.

Barefoot, David Martin, and Raspet have joined Smith Moore effective immediately, while Frank Martin will begin work with his new firm later this month.

"These experienced and knowledgeable attorneys elevate our practice capabilities in Wilmington to a new level," said Steve Earp, the firm's managing partner.  "We can't think of a better way to affirm our commitment to the Wilmington community than joining forces with such quality colleagues."

The expansion of Smith Moore's office in Wilmington is the third growth move the firm has made in the past three months.  Since March 1, Smith Moore has opened a new office in Charlotte and more than doubled the size of its Atlanta office, in addition to its expansion in Wilmington.  The firm also has offices in Raleigh and Greensboro.

David Barefoot's practice focuses on real estate.  His career as one of Wilmington's leading real estate attorneys has included work on development projects that have helped set the standard for development throughout the Wilmington-Cape Fear area.

Frank Martin is one of the most highly respected business lawyers in the Wilmington community.  His practice includes estate planning and wealth transfer, real estate and small business.

David Martin, who is Frank's son and a Wilmington native, has a dynamic real estate development practice, primarily representing large residential developers.

Jill Raspet like Frank Martin, will work in Smith Moore's rapidly growing estate planning and wealth management practice.

"Wilmington's dynamic growth over the last five years has created a significant need for all aspects of commercial real estate development as well as generational wealth management for which our new lawyers are a great fit," said Michael Lee, who heads the firm's Wilmington office.  "Our tie to the region and our ability to serve our clients gets a major boost when we add accomplished lawyers who are also great people."

Contact: Steve Powell
For Smith Moore LLP


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