James K. Dorsett III Named Chair of the N.C. Fellows of the American Bar Foundation


Raleigh, N.C. - Smith Anderson Partner James K. Dorsett III has been named chair of the North Carolina Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The American Bar Foundation is dedicated to advancing justice through rigorous research on the law, legal processes, and the law’s impact on our society.

Membership in the American Bar Foundation is limited to one percent of the licensed lawyer population in each jurisdiction.

A past president of the North Carolina State Bar, Jim practices in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, and tort and insurance litigation. His work includes the representation of corporations and individuals in contract and shareholder suits, claims related to decedents’ estates including will caveats, legal malpractice cases, and the defense of manufacturers in products liability cases in the state and federal courts. Jim also represents property owners in tax valuation appeals.

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Founded in 1912, Smith Anderson has grown to become the largest business and litigation law firm headquartered in the world-renowned Research Triangle region and one of the largest in North Carolina. We provide a full range of legal services to a diverse and dynamic group of regional, national and international companies. Over 100 years of practicing law has grounded our Firm’s culture, informed our perspective, and provided us the insight necessary to help our clients succeed. Over time, our core principles have remained unchanged. We remain personally dedicated to the success, prosperity and betterment of our clients and the communities we serve. For more information, please visit


About the American Bar Foundation
The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. Created by the American Bar Association more than 60 years ago, and supported by annual grants from the American Bar Endowment, the ABF is an independent, non-profit organization that conducts large-scale research projects on the most pressing issues facing the legal system in the United States and the world. Research at the ABF is conducted by a residential research faculty and over 50 affiliated scholars from across the nation and the world. 


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