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Hiring Philosophy

We select colleagues with the care that one lends to choosing friends. While our firm is large, and spans the Southeast, each office works diligently to add lawyers who will improve our capacities to serve our clients and preserve the working atmospheres and relationships in our offices. Consequently, our hiring standards are, thus, rigorous. We seek lawyers who have demonstrated consistent academic excellence, have involved themselves in the community of their school or beyond, and who are eager to apply their intellects and energies to the ever-changing challenges that our clients present. Certainly, an outstanding law school record is indicative of these qualities; however, other professional postings, personal references and life experiences are weighed.

Most of our new associates come to us from law schools or judicial clerkships. However, we entertain lateral candidates in all of our offices who come to us from many different disciplines within the profession. We have always rejected the notion that there is one kind of "Smith Moore Leatherwood lawyer," in favor of the notion that who we are changes every day — as it must.  We seek to constantly reinvent ourselves with new talent and new ideas, with an abiding sense of where we have come from that we trust will guide where we go.

Smith Moore Leatherwood values a diverse workforce and seeks applications from all qualified applicants. We adhere to a policy that prohibits discriminatory practices based on sex, race, disabled or veteran status, or any other personal characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance.


Each of our lawyer's e-mail address is provided with his or her biography. If you are not a current client of our firm, you should not e-mail our lawyers with any confidential information or any information about a specific legal matter, given that our firm may presently represent persons or companies who have interests that are adverse to you. If you are not a current client and you e-mail any lawyer in our firm, you do so without any expectation of confidentiality. We will not establish a professional relationship with you via e-mail. Instead, you should contact our firm by telephone so that we can determine whether we are in a position to consult with you about any legal matters before you share any confidential or sensitive information with us.