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Thirty Smith Moore Attorneys Named "Best in America"

Thirty Smith Moore Attorneys Named "Best in America"

September 5, 2006

GREENSBORO – Thirty lawyers from Smith Moore LLP's North Carolina offices have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007 (Copyright 2006 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), a record number for Smith Moore. Fourteen of the 30 attorneys have been recognized on the Best Lawyers list for at least 10 years.

Attorneys from each of Smith Moore's core practice areas, including Litigation, Business, Health Care, and Labor and Employment, were recognized as Best Lawyers for outstanding client service and for performance and professional reputation in the various areas of law on which they focus their practices.

"To have 30 of our attorneys recognized for their excellence in the Best Lawyers guide is a tribute to everyone at the firm and to our continued growth," said Steve Earp, managing partner of Smith Moore.  "It is also a testament to our attorneys' commitment to excellence and their clients' needs to have had 14 of those attorneys recognized for a decade or more.  We are grateful to Best Lawyers in America for its continuing commitment to recognize excellence among the legal community."

The Best Lawyers list is based on more than 1.8 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 each candidate for the 2007 listing and who voted based on each nominees' individual merits.

The following Smith Moore attorneys are included in The Best Lawyers in America 2007, with (10) designating those who have been recognized for at least 10 years, and (20) designating those listed for at least 20 years:


E. Kent Auberry (10), Corporate Law, Securities Law
Jonathan A. Berkelhammer, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
Laura Deddish 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), 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. (10), Appellate Law
Marilyn Feuchs-Marker, Family Law
Lisa Frye Garrison, Antitrust Law
Terrill Johnson Harris, Health Care Law
David L. Kyger, Non-Profit/Charities Law
Caroline Hudson Lock, Workers' Compensation Law
Robert R. Marcus, Commercial Litigation
James A. Medford, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade and Finance Law
Charles E. Melvin, Jr. (20), Land Use & Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
Maureen Demarest Murray (10), Health Care Law
Barbara C. Ruby, Tax Law
Larry B. Sitton (10), Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
Thomas E. Terrell, Jr., Land Use & 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 & Zoning Law
Samuel O. Southern, Health Care Law
Robert L. Wilson, Jr. (10), Health Care Law

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