Smith Anderson “Highly Regarded” in Benchmark Litigation and Labor and Employment Rankings – 15 Attorneys Honored

Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation®, "the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys," recognized 12 of our litigators as North Carolina "Litigation Stars" in its 2023 edition and awarded our Litigation practice a "Highly Recommended" rating for North Carolina, the highest possible rating. Isaac Linnartz maintained his position in the "40 and Under List" launched in July.

Benchmark’s 5th edition of its Labor and Employment guide also recognized the firm as "Highly Regarded" for its work in Employment Litigation and four employment litigators as "Labor & Employment Stars."

Smith Anderson was also honored for the third consecutive year with Benchmark Litigation’s "North Carolina Firm of the Year" award in March of 2022. The firm is known for our trial-tested lawyers who combine their extensive courtroom experience with practical business judgment.

The Benchmark Litigation and Labor and Employment lists of North Carolina "Litigation Stars" and "Labor & Employment Stars" reflects only those individuals "who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers."

North Carolina "Litigation Stars"

North Carolina "40 & Under Hot List"

North Carolina "Labor and Employment Stars"

Benchmark Litigation focuses exclusively on U.S. litigation. The publication’s results stem from the culmination of a six-month research period where its researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. Law firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide. Recommendations are based on interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. For more information, visit

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