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Smith Moore Leatherwood's Dave Neill Earns LEED Designation

July 8, 2009

Neill's practice includes counsel regarding green building standards

RALEIGH, NC — As more of its clients look to develop green facilities throughout the state and region, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has moved quickly to meet their needs.  As part of its efforts, Dave Neill, an attorney in the firm's Raleigh office, has become Smith Moore Leatherwood's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.

Neill, who focuses his practice on land use regulation, economic development, and commercial real estate development issues, says that as more businesses and government agencies strive for sustainability in their construction activities, having an attorney who understands LEED standards will be an asset.  "Environmentally conscious design and construction are not a passing fad.  Our clients understand that their new construction and adaptive re-use plans will require compliance with increasingly green-focused development criteria."

Certified green construction projects often raise unique contractual and legal issues that require an intricate knowledge of the LEED system.  According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process.

Neill holds his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Donnie Turlington
For Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
336.275.7000, ext. 23

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