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Smith Moore's Shannon Joseph Becomes Administrative Law Judge

September 7, 2007

RALEIGH, NC – Shannon Joseph, a litigation partner in Smith Moore LLP's Raleigh office, has been selected by the State of North Carolina to serve as an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  Joseph, whose practice has focused on complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts, will work within the State's Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).  The OAH, independent from other braches of state government, is a quasi-judicial agency formed to provide impartial ALJs to preside over cases involving challenges to administrative action by the State.

"Shannon's intellect and professionalism have made her an outstanding lawyer, colleague and friend," said Brad Risinger, partner-in-charge of Smith Moore's Raleigh office.  "The State's business affairs are increasingly complex, and it has gained an ALJ who is an excellent thinker, writer and problem-solver."

Joseph, who began her career in Smith Moore's Greensboro office, is an honors graduate of Wofford College and a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law.  She has been active in both legal and community interests, serving on the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee, as chair of the Wake County Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee, as a board member of the SPCA of Wake County and as a member of the Interact Capital Campaign Committee.

"I'm honored to have a chance to serve the State and thankful that the only law firm I've ever known has helped prepare me for this great opportunity," Joseph said.

Joseph will begin her service as an ALJ on September 10.  Judge Linda Stephens of the North Carolina Court of Appeals will administer the oath of office to Joseph at a ceremony at the Office of Administrative Hearings scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on that date.

Contact: Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore LLP

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