The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) has honored Smith Anderson attorney Andrew Atkins with its 2022 Robinson O. Everett Professionalism Award, which recognizes young attorneys who embody the spirts of legal professionalism and service. The award was established in 2010 in honor of Judge Robinson Everett, a Duke University law professor and former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Each year, the NCBA’s chair of Young Lawyers Division (YLD), in consultation with current and former YLD leadership, chooses a younger North Carolina attorney for the award.
Andrew focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation, representing owners, contractors and developers in multi-party disputes involving public and private commercial projects. He is also regularly involved in other commercial, contract and business-related disputes. Andrew has represented businesses in some of the largest construction disputes in North Carolina, including multi-million-dollar claims related to the construction of state-owned psychiatric hospitals, a light rail system and public highways. He regularly counsels clients on risk management issues and claim development during construction.
Aside from his private practice, Andrew dedicates time to public service. Most recently, he was appointed by Speaker Tim Moore to the North Carolina Rules Review Commission where he serves as 1st Vice Chair. He was previously appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin as a Reporter on the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. Andrew has also served in several roles within the NCBA and the American Bar Association’s Construction Forum.