The attorneys of Smith Moore Leatherwood invite you to join them in congratulating Jim Gale on his appointment as a Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases by Governor Bev Perdue and Chief Justice Sarah Parker. After a distinguished career as a commercial litigator and mediator, Gale will succeed the Honorable Ben Tennille upon his retirement in March 2011. Gale will maintain his chambers within the Elon University School of Law in downtown Greensboro.
"I can't think of a better or more qualified person for this position," said Rob Marcus, chair of the firm's management committee. "After 34 years with the firm, Jim has set the standard for professionalism and client services within the legal profession."
Gale's practice has focused on the litigation and trial of business disputes, and counsel to clients in a variety of industries. In recent years, he has placed considerable focus on serving as a mediator for cases before the North Carolina Business Court, on which he will now preside. He began his career with the firm's Greensboro office in 1976, and has been with the Raleigh office since 1984.
"Jim has built a reputation as a fair-minded adversary, and as a creative lawyer who can solve tough problems," said Brad Risinger, managing partner of the firm's Raleigh office. "We are thrilled for our friend and proud he's been selected to play an important role in our court system."
For more on Gale's appointment, please see the press release from Governor Perdue's office.