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Trial Team

Trial Team


The Smith Moore Leatherwood Trial Team continues the firm's tradition of excellence in the courtroom in business and commercial litigation, no matter the jurisdiction. Members of the Trial Team are fully dedicated to complex business and commercial litigation. Treating every case as if it will go to trial, the team starts by identifying legal, factual, and commercial issues and developing a tailored and comprehensive strategy. Trial Team members track, maintain, and share trial strategies, presentation techniques, internal databases containing motions, jury instructions, pre-trial orders, and intelligence on particular venues and judges.

The Trial Team lawyers are not simply litigators; rather they are a group of lawyers who have tried cases involving a wide variety of claims in a wide variety of venues. The Trial Team represents clients of all sizes at trials across the country and across numerous industries, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Services
  • Franchising
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Consumer Products
  • Technology

The team's philosophy is that its interests should be aligned with yours. The Trial Team partners with you and shares your risk, handling certain cases through non-hourly, alternative fee arrangements, including flat-fee, contingency or hybrid arrangements.

State Business Courts
Many states across the country have established business courts. The Smith Moore Leatherwood Trial Team is well-versed in the practices, procedures and precedents of the various business courts, important decisions from the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the federal courts. Typically, the business court rules are distinct from the state and federal courts' rules, and can be difficult to successfully navigate for those inexperienced with the courts.

With lawyers regularly appearing before business courts, the Trial Team has the capability and experience to help clients succeed no matter the issue or controversy. The Trial Team, which includes seasoned litigators and former Business Court Clerks, has the in-depth experience necessary to make business court venues work to our clients' advantage.

Let the Smith Moore Leatherwood Trial Team Help You
Because fewer and fewer cases go to trial, you may wish to make a change in counsel when it becomes apparent that your case cannot be resolved to your satisfaction short of trial. The Smith Moore Leatherwood Trial Team can quickly pull together a robust and customized team of lawyers who can swiftly get up to speed and meet your objectives.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood Trial Team also serves to support lawyers from other firms—whether assisting in the actual trial of the case or assisting with trial strategy. They collaborate on strategy and can serve to take a "fresh look" as the case is prepared.

One of the Trial Team's driving principles is to build long-term relationships with clients, and the team knows that can only be achieved by delivering the highest levels of efficiency and value. It utilizes proven project management principles to provide budget certainty, transparency, clear communication, and value.

  • Safety Test & Equipment Company, Inc. v. American Safety Utility Corporation, et al (N.C. Business Court) (trial to jury verdict on defense of claims for trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference with contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices) (2013- 2017)

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Smith Moore Leatherwood Trial Team


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