GREENSBORO, NC – The 2008 list of The Best Lawyers in America will include 32 attorneys from Smith Moore LLP, the most ever from Smith Moore. The number of Smith Moore lawyers named to the prestigious annual listing is the fifth highest among all law firms in North Carolina, according to the publisher of Best Lawyers. The listing is scheduled to be published in December of this year.
Best Lawyers recognizes attorneys for outstanding client service, professional reputation and performance in the various areas of law on which they focus their practices.
Best Lawyers ranks Smith Moore in the top 20 law firms in the U.S. and in the top five in North Carolina, in 23 different categories, based on the number of attorneys named to the 2008 listing whose practices focus on those areas. Areas in which Smith Moore received a top 20 national ranking include Appellate Law (fifth in the U.S., first in North Carolina); Non-profit/Charities Law (fifth and first), Mass Tort Litigation (sixth and first); Land Use and Zoning (eighth and second); Health Care Law (tenth and second); Environmental Law (12th and third); and Labor and Employment Law (19th and third).
"This is a testament to the hard work of our attorneys and to their outstanding reputation among their peers," said Steve Earp, managing partner of Smith Moore. "The fact that the list of attorneys from Smith Moore continues to grow is an indicator not only of our success in providing quality service to our clients, but also of our focus on continually furthering our capabilities."
Among the Smith Moore honorees is Greensboro Attorney Charles Melvin, who has been named to the Best Lawyers list more than 20 times, and 12 attorneys who earned the distinction of being named to the list at least ten times.
The Best Lawyers list is based on nearly two million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their peers. The evaluations are primarily completed by attorneys listed in the previous edition of Best Lawyers, who participated in surveys to assess candidates for the 2008 listing, and then voted based on each nominee's individual merits.
The following Smith Moore attorneys will be included in The Best Lawyers in America 2008, with (10) designating those who have been recognized for at least ten years, and (20) designating Melvin's listing for at least 20 years:
Robert R. Marcus: Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation
Larry B. Sitton (10): Antitrust Law, Bet-the-company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
E. Kent Auberry (10): Corporate Law, Securities Law, Tax Law
Jonathan A. Berkelhammer: Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
Laura D. Burton: Immigration Law
Harold N. Bynum (10): Environmental Law
Brian W. Byrd: Real Estate Law
J. Donald Cowan, Jr. (10): Antitrust Law, Appellate Law, Bet-the-company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
Herbert O. Davis (10): Banking Law, Corporate Law
Alan W. Duncan (10): Bet-the-company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, Personal Injury Litigation
Stephen W. Earp (10): Environmental Law
Martin N. Erwin (10): Labor and Employment Law
James G. Exum, Jr.: Appellate Law
Marilyn Feuchs-Marker: Family Law
Lisa Frye Garrison: Antitrust Law
Terrill J. Harris: Health Care Law
Gregory G. Holland: Commercial Litigation
David L. Kyger: Non-profit/Charities Law
Caroline Hudson Lock: Workers' Compensation Law
James A. Medford: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade and Finance Law
Charles E. Melvin, Jr. (20): Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
Maureen Demarest Murray (10): Health Care Law
Barbara C. Ruby: Tax Law
Thomas E. Terrell, Jr.: Land Use and Zoning Law
Julianna C. Theall: Labor and Employment Law
E. Garrett Walker (10): Real Estate Law
Jeri L. Whitfield (10): Workers' Compensation Law
Sidney S. Eagles, Jr.: Appellate Law
Clyde Holt, III: Land Use and Zoning Law
George J. Oliver: Labor and Employment Law
Samuel O. Southern: Health Care Law
Robert L. Wilson, Jr. (10): Health Care Law
Contact: Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore LLP