Sixty-Nine Smith Moore Leatherwood Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 15, 2018) –Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that 69 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession. Of the 69 attorneys included, eight were honored as “Lawyer of the Year,” a designation given to a single lawyer in each specialty in each community.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and the organization has received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

The following Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys are included in The Best Lawyers in America 2019, with (25) designating those who have been recognized for at least 25 years, (20) designating those listed for at least 20 years, (15) designating those listed for at least 15 years and so on.

Atlanta, Ga.
• H. Sanders Carter Jr. (10): Insurance Law
• Lawrence J. Myers: Health Care Law, Litigation – Healthcare
• J. Robert Persons: Insurance Law, Litigation – Insurance
• Robert B. Wedge: Construction Law

Charlotte, N.C.
• Jonathan Heyl (10): Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year,” Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation
• Diana R. Palecek: Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law

Greensboro, N.C.
• D. Erik Albright (5): Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Sports Law
• Bruce Ashley (10): Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
• E. Kent Auberry (15): Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Tax Law
• W. Alexander Audilet (10): Antitrust Law, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law
• Carole W. Bruce (10): Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
• Laura Deddish Burton (10): Immigration Law
• Brian W. Byrd (10): Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
• Richard A. Coughlin (5): Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Julianna Theall Earp (20): Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Stephen W. Earp (25): Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
• Marilyn Feuchs-Marker (10): Family Law
• Susan McNear Fradenburg (5): Health Care Law
• Kimberly Bullock Gatling (5): Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law
• Terrill Johnson Harris (10): Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Litigation – Health Care “Lawyer of the Year”
• Gregory G. Holland (10): Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year,” Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Litigation - Real Estate
• Neale T. Johnson: Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
• Patrick M. Kane: Commercial Litigation
• Robert D. Kidwell (5): Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law
• Amy Smith Klass: Trusts and Estates
• Stephen E. Klee (10): Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
• David L. Kyger (10): Non-Profit / Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year”, Tax Law
• Caroline Hudson Lock (10): Workers' Compensation Law – Employers
• Alexander L. Maultsby (10): Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Charles E. Melvin Jr. (30): Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
• Maureen Demarest Murray (25): Health Care Law
• Mona Cunningham O'Bryant: Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year”
• Timothy Peck: Litigation - Insurance
• Patti West Ramseur (5): Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Barbara C. Ruby (15): Corporate Law, Tax Law
• D. Clark Smith Jr. (25): Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
• Thomas E. Terrell Jr. (10): Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Real Estate Law
• E. Garrett Walker (20): Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
• Jeri L. Whitfield (20): Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

Greenville, S.C.
• Robert A. deHoll (5): Construction Law
• William L. Dennis (25): Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Trusts and Estates
• Thomas W. Epting (5): Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property “Lawyer of the Year”
• Steven E. Farrar (15): Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation – Construction, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Stephanie G. Flynn (5): Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• David E. Hodge (5): Corporate Law
• Mark R. Holmes (10): Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
• J. Tod Hyche (10): Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
• Michele Fuller Lyerly (5): Real Estate Law
• Natalma M. McKnew (10): Franchise Law
• Robert D. Moseley Jr. (10): Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• John Patrick Riordan (5): Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Kurt M. Rozelsky (10): Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Frank C. Williams III (10): Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Raleigh, N.C.
• Mark A. Finkelstein (5): Commercial Litigation
• Elizabeth Sims Hedrick: Litigation – Health Care
• Marcus C. Hewitt: Health Care Law, Litigation – Health Care
• Clyde Holt III (10): Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
• Karen M. Kemerait: Land Use and Zoning Law
• Matthew Nis Leerberg: Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation
• David J. Neill: Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
• George J. (Jerry) Oliver (10): Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Stephen W. Petersen (5): Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• Bradley M. Risinger (5): Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• M. Gray Styers Jr. (10): Energy Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning “Lawyer of the Year”
• David L. York (10): Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law

Wilmington, N.C.
• David G. Martin: Real Estate Law
• Franklin E. Martin: Real Estate Law
• Brian G. Morrison: Trusts and Estates
• Jill L. Peters Kaess (5): Trusts and Estates

About Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Clients of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP receive creative, cost-effective legal services. With six offices and more than 130 attorneys across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, the firm’s core practice areas are focused on litigation, business law, health care, real estate, labor and employment, and infrastructure and development.
The firm’s dedication to client success, legal excellence, and responsive client service is the backbone of its reputation. Additional practice teams include intellectual property, tax, banking and finance, antitrust, business torts, financial services litigation, appellate, land use and zoning, economic development, and transportation.
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