For the third consecutive year, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005 edition has honored Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan L.L.P.
Reflecting the Firm’s depth and experience, Chambers USA recognized Smith Anderson as among the best law firms in North Carolina in Corporate/M&A; Employment; Litigation (General Commercial); and Real Estate. Chambers USA noted, for example, based on Firm client interviews that Smith Anderson “has an excellent, experienced and versatile [Corporate/M&A] practice;” the Firm’s Real Estate lawyers “are some of the best around;” is “simply outstanding on employment law; and ”the General Commercial litigation practice does “phenomenal work.”
The Firm’s Corporate/M&A practice has retained its top ranking in the Triangle-area for the third straight year since Chambers and Partners began publishing USA rankings three years ago. Of the three Triangle-area Corporate/M&A lawyers to receive individual recognition this year, all three are Smith Anderson partners.
Smith Anderson lawyers individually recognized and listed in Chambers USA as “leaders in their field” are:
- Corporate/M&A: John L. Jernigan, Byron B. Kirkland and Gerald F. Roach
- Employment: Kimberly J. Korando
- General Commercial Litigation: Carl Patterson
- Real Estate: C. Steven Mason
Chambers and Partners began publishing legal guides in 1990 with the launch of Chambers Directory in the United Kingdom. Led by a former British barrister and industry lawyer, the company now publishes legal guides worldwide. To compile the third edition of Chambers USA this year, 40 full-time researchers spent over 8 months researching including conducting over 10,000 in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys. Law firms can receive a ranking from 1-6 (1 the highest) and individual attorneys can receive a ranking from 1-6, “U” if “up and coming,” “S” if “senior statesman,” and “*” for “exceptional recommendations in their field.”