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Smith Moore Leatherwood Earns Top Rankings in 2011 Chambers USA Guide

Smith Moore Leatherwood Earns Top Rankings in 2011 Chambers USA Guide

June 28, 2011

Charlotte, NC – Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world's leading guides to the legal profession, recognizes 20 attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood as "Leaders in their Field" in the 2011 Chambers USA Guide, an annual publication that ranks the top U.S. lawyers and law firms. Smith Moore Leatherwood also achieved high rankings in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia across seven practice areas.

In its 12th year of publication, the Chambers Guide's results are gathered through thousands of confidential interviews conducted with clients and lawyers, with greater weight given to the views of the clients. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client. The publication ranks both law firms and individual lawyers by practice areas.

"We are proud that our attorneys are recognized year after year for their superior work and outstanding client service as evidenced by the Chambers rankings," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm’s management committee. "We strive to be among the best in our industry in client service, and recognition through client and peer interviews is validation that we are on course."

Two attorneys from the firm's Greensboro office received Chambers' highest ranking, Band 1, for North Carolina lawyers in their respective practice areas for the fifth consecutive year – Charles E. Melvin, Jr., Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use; and Stephen W. Earp, Environmental law.

Eighteen other Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys, from the offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, were recognized as leading attorneys in their state and practice area:

E. Kent Auberry, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Greensboro, NC;
William H. Boling, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA;
Brian Byrd, Real Estate, Greensboro, NC;
Alan W. Duncan, Litigation: General Commercial, Greensboro, NC;
Martin N. Erwin, Labor & Employment, Greensboro, NC;
Steven E. Farrar, Litigation: General Commercial, Greenville, SC;
Richard L. Few, Jr., Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Greenville, SC;
Michael J. Giese, Litigation: General Commercial, Greenville, SC;
Barry S. Herrin, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA;
Mark Holmes, Real Estate, Greenville, SC;
Stephen E. Klee, Real Estate, Greensboro, NC;
Ramona Cunningham O'Bryant, Environment, Greensboro, NC;
George J. Oliver, Labor & Employment, Raleigh, NC;
A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Real Estate, Greenville, SC;
Larry B. Sitton, Litigation: General Commercial, Charlotte, NC;
Julianna C. Theall, Labor & Employment, Greensboro, NC;
Tobin N. Watt, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA;
Fred M. Wood, Jr., Litigation: General Commercial, Charlotte, NC

In addition to the individual attorney rankings, seven of the firm’s practice areas were ranked in the 2011 guide, including Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Environmental law, Labor & Employment, General Commercial Litigation, Healthcare, Real Estate and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use.

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