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Smith Moore Continues Expansion of Raleigh Office with addition of Holt York attorneys

Smith Moore Continues Expansion of Raleigh Office with addition of Holt York attorneys

October 3, 2005

Combination Enhances Firm's Depth in Municipal Law, Government Relations, Commercial Real Estate and Land Use

RALEIGH – Smith Moore LLP and Holt, York, McDarris and High have announced that seven attorneys from Holt York will be joining Smith Moore effective the first of October.  The addition of Clyde Holt, David York, Beth Trahos, Charles McDarris, Colleen Kochanek, Brad Williams, and David Neill from Holt York, will bring the total number of lawyers practicing in the firm's Raleigh office to 27.

Smith Moore managing partner Steve Earp said, "It is our great fortune to join forces with such a talented and collegial group.  They are an especially good fit with our land use lawyers across the state, and will greatly enhance our ability to represent clients in a variety of governmental settings."

"This creates an outstanding platform from which we can do exactly what a combination of lawyers is supposed to do:  exceed what we each could have done alone," said Clyde Holt, who will join Smith Moore’s Management Committee.  "We are excited to join a group of lawyers who share our enthusiasm and vision, for what we can do together."

Smith Moore is a regional law firm with offices in Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Atlanta, providing a full spectrum of legal services to clients throughout the Southeast.  Led by Clyde Holt, the Holt York firm has become one of North Carolina's preeminent names in land use and municipal law, and has built its solid reputation representing a broad range of clients at the intersection of business and government at the local, state, and regional level.

The addition of the Holt York lawyers' multi-faceted skill in government relations and administrative practice will add depth to the scope of Smith Moore's presence in the Raleigh market, in which the Holt York lawyers are established leaders.  The combination will also significantly bolster Smith Moore's statewide land use practice, and will strengthen the firm's commercial real estate and corporate practices, which currently serve clients nation-wide.

The firm will occupy the 27th and 28th floors of the BB&T Building at Two Hannover Square in downtown Raleigh, where both firms currently are located.  Earp said, "With this continued expansion of our capabilities in Raleigh, Smith Moore is reaffirming our commitment and investment in Raleigh and the Triangle area."  Smith Moore recently finalized arrangements to retain its space in the BB&T Building for the next decade.

Contact:  Steve Powell
For Smith Moore LLP


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