RALEIGH, N.C. — Smith Moore Leatherwood announced today that Josh Stein has joined the firm's Raleigh office. Stein currently serves in the North Carolina State Senate representing District 16. As a former senior official with the North Carolina Department of Justice, Stein brings substantial litigation experience to Smith Moore Leatherwood.
"Josh's career has been dedicated to public service, and we are delighted that he decided to join the Smith Moore Leatherwood litigation team," said David Otterson, partner in charge of the firm's Raleigh office. "Josh is a very bright, thoughtful and energetic leader who brings a well-rounded perspective on significant issues facing our clients."
Stein served for seven years as Senior Deputy Attorney General for Consumer Protection in the N.C. Department of Justice. His work focused on abusive lending practices, identity theft, telemarketing privacy and fraud, and Internet safety, as well as a number of other issues. Before joining the Attorney General's office, Stein served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel in the United States Senate.
Stein received his bachelor's degree with highest honors from Dartmouth College. After college, he taught high school English and economics in Zimbabwe for two years. Stein later graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, receiving his law degree with honors, in 1995.