Smith Anderson Recognized by Chambers USA for the Fourth Consecutive Year

June 2, 2006

For the fourth consecutive year since publication of its US client guides began in 2003, Chambers and Partners has recognized Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP (Smith Anderson) in the areas of Corporate/M&A; Employment; Litigation (General Commercial); and Real Estate. Smith Anderson lawyers individually ranked as among the best in the state this year are:

Corporate/M&A:
* Christopher B. Capel
* John L. Jernigan
* Byron B. Kirkland
* Gerald F. Roach

Employment:
* Kimberly J. Korando

Litigation (General Commercial):
* Carl N. Patterson, Jr.

Real Estate:
* C. Steven Mason

In the Corporate/M&A category, Chambers noted that Smith Anderson is "blessed with having one of the largest and most respected teams in the market." With 3 of the top 7 lawyers in the state ranked in the first and second tiers, Smith Anderson has more lawyers ranked in Corporate/M&A than any other law firm in the State.

As a result of extensive interviews, comments provided to Chambers by Firm clients about Smith Anderson include: "its [corporate/M&A] lawyers are known for bringing as much to the transaction as possible;" Smith Anderson has a "responsive team of [employment] lawyers that speak a tremendously straight-forward language and maintain a wonderful corporate focus;" the Firm has a commercial litigation practice with "excellent interaction;" and Smith Anderson has a "very thorough and professional [real estate] team in all its dealings."

About Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners began publishing legal guides in 1990 with the launch of the 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 fourth edition of Chambers USA this year, 40 full-time researchers spent over 6 months researching including conducting over 10,000 in-depth interviews with clients and lawyers. The British Market Research Bureau audits the research conducted annually and has approved the research methodology adopted by Chambers for the US Guides.

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