Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Named North Carolina Legal Elite

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Twenty attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood have been selected by their peers as part of Business North Carolina's 2012 Legal Elite. The legal elite awards are categorized into 14 different specialties of law and are voted on by attorneys across the state. Less than three percent of North Carolina's attorneys were honored as Legal Elite in the publication's January edition.

In addition, Matthew Nis Leerberg of the firm's Raleigh office and Jonathan Heyl of the firm's Charlotte office received exceptional recognition. Leerberg was honored in the Young Guns Best Under 40 category and Jonathan Heyl received the top honor in the antitrust category.

The North Carolina attorneys honored as Legal Elite are:

  • E. Kent Auberry, business law 
  • Jonathan A. Berkelhammer, litigation 
  • William E. Burton III, environmental law 
  • Brian W. Byrd, real estate law 
  • Alan W. Duncan, antitrust law 
  • Kimberly Bullock Gatling, intellectual property law
  • Jonathan Heyl, antitrust law, Business North Carolina's Legal Elite Hall of Fame
  • Gregory G. Holland, antitrust law 
  • Neale T. Johnson, construction law 
  • Robert D. Kidwell, business law 
  • Michael V. Lee, real estate law 
  • Matthew Nis Leerberg, litigation, Young Guns (Best Under 40) 
  • David G. Martin, real estate law 
  • Alexander L. Maultsby, labor & employment law 
  • Charles E. Melvin, Jr., real estate law 
  • Stephen W. Petersen, criminal defense and litigation law 
  • Eric Richard Spence, real estate law 
  • Julianna Cochran Theall, labor & employment law 
  • E. Garrett Walker, real estate law 
  • Fred M. Wood, Jr., litigation

For more information on Business North Carolina's Legal Elite listings visit

Caroline Nobles
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