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Smith Moore Continues Raleigh Expansion

Smith Moore Continues Raleigh Expansion


October 4, 2006

RALEIGH – Smith Moore LLP continues a steady build-up of its Raleigh office, adding five attorneys across three practice groups.  Following a similar expansion last fall, one of the state's largest firms has now increased its presence in the capital by 10 lawyers in the last year.  The current moves strengthen the firm's litigation, real estate/land use, and health care practices and, with recent growth in its Wilmington office, complement the firm's plans to increase its integration into central and eastern North Carolina's fast-developing markets.

"We have our vision fixed on the growth and development the Triangle will see in coming years," said Brad Risinger, who heads the firm's Raleigh office, "and we are committed to having a strong Raleigh platform as part of our firm's future."

Mark A. Finkelstein and Stephen W. Petersen join Smith Moore, respectively, as a partner and counsel in the litigation practice area.  Finkelstein focuses his practice in civil litigation, business law and employment law.  He serves as president of the prestigious Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp Inn of Court.  Petersen, who is also a licensed dentist, includes in his litigation practice concentrations in business–related criminal defense and professional discipline and licensing.

The firm's Raleigh growth includes the addition of three associates:  Amanda S. Stokes, a University of North Carolina School of Law graduate, joins the real estate/land use practice; Erin E. Jochum, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, teams with the health care practice; and Bailey King, a litigation associate in the firm's Greensboro office, transfers his practice to Raleigh.

Contact: Erin Foster
For Smith Moore LLP
336-275-7000
efoster@bouvierkelly.com

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