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2017 North Carolina 'Super Lawyers' Honors 43 Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP Attorneys

January 20, 2017

Charlotte, N.C.  – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP is pleased to announce that 43 of the firm’s attorneys were recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine for their high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fifteen of those attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is an independent lawyer ranking service that selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-phase rating process. Through peer nominations, evaluations and third party research, exceptional attorneys are selected within each state. Rising Stars are selected by peer nominations of attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or have 10 years or less of legal experience.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorneys honored in 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers are:

Charlotte, N.C.

  • Lynn F. Chandler – Estate & Trust Litigation
  • J. Douglas Grimes – Intellectual Property Litigation (Rising Star)
  • Jonathan Heyl – Business Litigation
  • C. Bailey King Jr. – Business Litigation
  • Timothy P. Lendino – Business Litigation (Rising Star)
  • Robert R. Marcus – Business Litigation
  • Evan M. Sauda – Business Litigation (Rising Star)
  • Fred M. Wood Jr. – Business Litigation
  • John P. Zimmer – Intellectual Property (Rising Star)

Greensboro, N.C.

  • Lisa W. Arthur – Business Litigation (Rising Star)
  • D. Erik Albright – General Litigation
  • E. Kent Auberry – Business/Corporate
  • Brian W. Byrd – Real Estate
  • Richard A. Coughlin – Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Julianna Theall Earp – Employment & Labor
  • Carrie A. Hanger – Health Care (Rising Star)
  • Terrill Johnson Harris – Health Care
  • Gregory G. Holland – Antitrust Litigation
  • Neale T. Johnson – Construction Litigation
  • Frankie T. Jones Jr. – Real Estate (Rising Star)
  • Patrick M. Kane – Civil Litigation: Defense (Rising Star)
  • Allyson Jones Labban – Health Care (Rising Star)
  • Alexander L. Maultsby – Employment & Labor
  • Charles E. Melvin Jr. – Real Estate
  • Maureen Demarest Murray – Health Care
  • Kip D. Nelson – Intellectual Property (Rising Star)
  • Whit Pierce – Intellectual Property Litigation (Rising Star)
  • Patti West Ramseur – Employment & Labor
  • D. Clark Smith – Business Litigation
  • Thomas E. Terrell Jr. – Land Use/Zoning
  • E. Garrett Walker – Real Estate
  • Jeri L. Whitfield – Workers’ Compensation

Raleigh, N.C.

  • Mark A. Finkelstein – Business Litigation
  • Brett T. Hanna – Real Estate
  • Elizabeth Sims Hedrick – Business Litigation (Rising Star)
  • Matthew Nis Leerberg – Appellate (Rising Star)
  • George J. (Jerry) Oliver – Employment & Labor
  • Stephen W. Petersen – Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Bradley M. Risinger – General Litigation
  • Elizabeth Brooks Scherer – Appellate
  • Eric A. Snider – Civil Litigation: Defense (Rising Star)
  • M. Gray Styers Jr. - Utilities

Wilmington, N.C.

  • Jill L. Peters Kaess – Estate & Probate (Rising Star)

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