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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Earns U.S. Green Building Council Credential

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorney Earns U.S. Green Building Council Credential

April 4, 2011

Dave Neill is second attorney in state to earn BD+C specialty

RALEIGH, N.C., — Dave Neill, an attorney from the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, has been designated with a specialty in Building Design and Construction as an accredited professional by the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED AP BD+C). Neill is only the second attorney in the state to earn this specialty, which represents an internationally accepted standard for development practices of high-performance green buildings.

A LEED accredited attorney has a detailed knowledge of necessary procedures in evaluating green building practices. According to the USGBC website, "participation in the voluntary and technically rigorous LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation and environmental stewardship."

"We have seen a consistent emphasis placed on green building practices in Raleigh and across the state over the last several years," said David Otterson, partner in charge of the firm's Raleigh office. "In an economy where marginal costs are increasing, the desirability to develop buildings designed to reduce overall resource consumption is also increasing. Dave's accreditation further strengthens Smith Moore Leatherwood's ongoing practice devoted to helping real estate clients with legal issues related to sustainable building."

Since 2007, new legislation has been passed in the North Carolina General Assembly to incentivize sensitivity to the environmental impacts of site design, construction and building operation. Regulatory authorities continue to recognize the need for higher standards for sustainable building practices.

Neill is a member of Smith Moore Leatherwood's Sustainable Development Team. He has a multi-faceted practice dedicated to assisting clients with the challenges of the commercial and residential real estate development. Neill is an active member of the community and has served as a member of the Durham Board of Adjustment since 2005; he currently serves as vice-chair. He is a member of the professionalism committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation and the economic development committee of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.

Neill graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and then received his juris doctor, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

For more information on the USGBC or LEED AP BD+C, visit

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