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Smith Moore Joining with Carter & Ansley to Bolster Broader Capabilities

Smith Moore Joining with Carter & Ansley to Bolster Broader Capabilities

May 1, 2007

Combination of well-respected firms will create 23-attorney Atlanta office for Smith Moore.

ATLANTA – Two familiar names in the Atlanta legal community are combining their practices.  Smith Moore LLP and Carter & Ansley LLP have joined forces effective today, the firms have announced.  This is the second expansion move for Smith Moore in as many months; the firm opened a new office in Charlotte on March 1st.

Smith Moore currently has 115 attorneys practicing in offices located in Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, NC and Wilmington, NC.  Carter & Ansley, one of Atlanta's oldest law firms, has 13 attorneys, and the move will increase Smith Moore's Atlanta office to 23 attorneys.

"Atlanta is obviously a very important location for a regional law firm like ours," says Smith Moore managing partner, Steve Earp.  "By adding the Carter & Ansley lawyers, we more than double the size of our presence in Atlanta.  That is an indication of Smith Moore's commitment to be a key firm in this city."

Carter & Ansley partner Sanders Carter says strategic growth opportunities were key to the firm's decision to combine with Smith Moore.  "Carter & Ansley is nationally known, particularly for our capabilities in representing life, health and disability insurance companies," Carter said.  "Our union with Smith Moore is a step that will enable us to expand our practice to a regional platform that we could not access at our previous size.  And the work we do will fit nicely into the full range of service that Smith Moore provides."

"Carter & Ansley's preeminence in life, health and disability insurance work meshes very well with Smith Moore's overall national reputation in litigation, health care and other practice areas," Earp adds.  "We could not have found a more compatible firm in terms of the level of excellence we both strive for, as well as the values of teamwork and collegiality we share."

Earp concludes, "Our newly combined practices create a strong base for expanding services to both firms' existing clients, and for attracting new clients as well."

Contact: Steve Powell
For Smith Moore LLP

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