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Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Kerry Shad & Addie Ries in International Top 250 Women in Litigation Guide

Benchmark Litigation
08.05.2022

Kerry Shad and Addie Ries have been recognized by Benchmark Litigation in its 11th edition of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” guide, which recognizes practitioners around the world who have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history, as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients. This is Kerry’s second time being included in the guide and Addie’s first recognition.

The “Top 250 Women in Litigation” guide includes coverage of female litigators in the United States and Canada. Kerry and Addie are included among the top women lawyers in the US – South category. Each female litigator was selected after several phases of research that included review of their recent case work, consideration of how attorneys at peer legal institutions might rank them and client feedback on their performance.

Benchmark Litigation has recognized Kerry as a Litigation Labor & Employment Star since the release of its first guide in 2019. Among her many other accolades, Kerry is also ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the North Carolina Labor & Employment category. As co-lead of the Employment Litigation team, Kerry advises companies of all sizes, including global companies, on a wide variety of employment law issues across a range of industries, including healthcare (insurers and hospitals), pharmaceutical and CRO to hospitality and manufacturing. She also regularly defends employers against EEOC charges and lawsuits in federal and state courts involving alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

In addition to her ranking among the “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” Addie was recognized as a North Carolina “Future Star” in Benchmark Litigation’s 2022 rankings. Addie currently serves as the vice chair of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys’ Products Liability section and co-lead of the firm’s Asbestos and Toxic Torts team. Addie focuses her practice on defending companies in toxic tort and products liability cases in North Carolina, South Carolina, and other jurisdictions (and MDLs) nationwide.

Both Kerry and Addie are part of the Litigation team that was chosen as the 2022 “North Carolina State Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation for the third consecutive year.


Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to the leading litigation law firms and lawyers around the world. Since its inception in 2008, Benchmark has grown dramatically and garnered industry-wide accolades as the hub for in-depth analysis of the players shaping the practice of litigation. The growth of the brand has driven demand for its expansion to service other markets beyond the U.S. including, Canada, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Additional details about Benchmark Litigation’s voting methodology can be viewed here.

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