Twenty-One Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Named As 2013 North Carolina Legal Elite

January 30, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Twenty-one attorneys from Smith Moore Leatherwood have been selected by their peers as part of Business North Carolina's 2013 Legal Elite. The Legal Elite awards are categorized into 14 legal- and business-related categories and are voted on by attorneys across the state.

Attorneys in each of Smith Moore Leatherwood's four North Carolina offices were recognized as Legal Elite, including five attorneys honored for the first time. In real estate, David Neill and Tom Terrell were recognized as new Legal Elite. Rob Marcus was also recognized as a Legal Elite in litigation, and Clara Cottrell and T. Matthew Creech received recognition in the Young Guns Best Under 40 category for the first time.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys honored as North Carolina Legal Elite are:


  • Robert R. Marcus, Litigation


  • D. Erik Albright, Litigation
  • E. Kent Auberry, Business
  • Jonathan A. Berkelhammer, Litigation
  • Brian W. Byrd, Real Estate
  • Clara R. Cottrell, Young Guns (Best Under 40)
  • T. Matthew Creech, Young Guns (Best Under 40)
  • Alan W. Duncan, Antitrust, Litigation
  • Kimberly Bullock Gatling, Intellectual Property
  • Neale T. Johnson, Construction
  • Patti West Ramseur, Employment
  • Thomas E. Terrell, Jr., Real Estate
  • Julianna Theall Earp, Employment
  • E. Garrett Walker, Real Estate


  • Theodore C. Edwards II, Construction
  • Brett T. Hanna, Real Estate
  • Matthew Nis Leerberg, Young Guns (Best Under 40)
  • David J. Neill, Real Estate
  • George J. "Jerry" Oliver, Employment
  • Eric R. Spence, Real Estate


  • David G. Martin, Real Estate

For more information about Business North Carolina's 2013 Legal Elite listings, visit .

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