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Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Honored As North Carolina ‘<i>Super Lawyers</i>

Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Honored As North Carolina ‘Super Lawyers'

‘Rising Stars' in firm also recognized

January 28, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Twenty-eight attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood have been named by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in 2013. Seventeen additional attorneys have been honored as North Carolina Rising Stars of 2013. Less than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to the exclusive list of Super Lawyers and less than 2.5 percent are named as Rising Stars.

"This honor is especially meaningful to our attorneys because Super Lawyers are nominated by their peers," said Rob Marcus, Chairman of the firm's Management Committee. "It is wonderful to see that they are being recognized within the legal community for their excellent work."

In addition to being named as 2013 Super Lawyers, Julianna Theall Earp and Allison Van Laningham were recognized as two of the top 50 women honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers is an independent lawyer rating service that selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase 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 attorneys honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers in 2013 are:

  • D. Erik Albright (General Litigation)
  • Bruce Ashley (Construction Litigation)
  • E. Kent Auberry (Business/Corporate)
  • Jonathan Berkelhammer (Business Litigation)
  • Brian Byrd (Real Estate)
  • Lynn Chandler (Estate & Trust Litigation)
  • Richard Coughlin (Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Alan Duncan (Business Litigation)
  • Stephen Earp (Environmental)
  • Mark Finkelstein (Business Litigation)
  • Terrill Harris (Health Care)
  • Jonathan Heyl (Business Litigation)
  • Robert Marcus (Business Litigation)
  • Alexander Maultsby (Employment & Labor)
  • Charles Melvin Jr. (Real Estate)
  • Maureen Demarest Murray (Health Care)
  • George (Jerry) Oliver (Employment & Labor)
  • Stephen Petersen (Criminal Defense: White Collar)
  • Patti Ramseur (Employment & Labor)
  • Larry Sitton (Business Litigation)
  • D. Clark Smith Jr. (Personal Injury Defense: Medical)
  • Samuel Southern (Health Care)
  • Thomas Terrell Jr. (Environmental)
  • Julianna Theall Earp (Employment & Labor)
  • Allison Van Laningham (General Litigation)
  • Garrett Walker (Real Estate)
  • Jeri Whitfield (Workers' Compensation)
  • Robert Wilson Jr. (Health Care)

The Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys honored as North Carolina's Rising Stars of 2013 are:

  • Clara Cottrell (Intellectual Property)
  • T. Matthew Creech (Employment Benefits/ERISA)
  • Matthew Cunningham (Business/Corporate)
  • William Forstner (Health Care)
  • L. Cooper Harrell (Business Litigation)
  • Patrick Kane (Civil Litigation Defense)
  • Robert Kidwell (Business/Corporate)
  • C. Bailey King Jr. (Business Litigation)
  • Allyson Labban (Health Care)
  • Matthew Leerberg (Business Litigation)
  • David Neill (Real Estate)
  • Jill Raspet (Estate Planning & Probate)
  • Erin Roberts (Health Care)
  • Stephen Russell Jr. (General Litigation)
  • Elizabeth Scherer (Appellate)
  • Heather White (Business Litigation )
  • J. Clinton Wimbish (Intellectual Property)

For additional information on Super Lawyers, visit

Caroline Nobles
(336) 553-1804


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