Smith Anderson Named Among Top Law Firms in Raleigh

August 3, 2001

New York, NY - Corporate Board Member, the only national magazine for the directors of publicly traded companies, released the results of the first annual survey of the best corporate law firms and lawyers in America. The survey results have just been published in the August special legal issue of the magazine.

In the Raleigh, N.C., market, Smith Anderson is among five firms found to be the most respected by board members of public companies.

"We are pleased to present the cream of the crop of corporate legal talent to our readers," says Jacki Moss, managing editor. "We asked directors to tell us who they believed were the top law firms and attorneys in the country and in their market, and they responded. To our knowledge, this is the first survey that asks corporate directors about legal issues and the firms they would hire for their companies' most vital legal work. In keeping with Corporate Board Member's mission to give hands-on tools to our readers, we felt they would welcome this information. The results of our survey give directors and general counsel the information they need to make informed legal choices."

Corporate Board Member's survey determined the most respected five law firms in the top 50 markets. "By surveying each of the 50 major markets, we determined the corporate law firms that have the best reputation. This list will be helpful for the directors or general counsel who seek outside counsel in the markets where their headquarters are located. Many of the firms on this list also appear on the national list, as well, due to their outstanding track records," notes Moss.

Corporate Board Member magazine (www.boardmember.com) is one of two magazines published by Board Member, Inc., which serves as a resource for board members of publicly traded companies. Through Corporate Board Member and its sister publication, Bank Director magazine, the company is a leading business publisher. Corporate Board Member is edited in New York, and the company's parent, Board Member, Inc., has regional offices in Nashville, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

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