On November 30, 2006, Smith Anderson partner Kirk Warner was elected to chair the board of directors of the North Carolina March of Dimes. A strong supporter of the March of Dimes for many years, Mr. Warner's term as chairman takes effect January 1, 2007 and he will serve a two-year term.
The March of Dimes seeks to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The non-profit organization facilitates this mission in numerous ways, including research, community services, education and advocacy.
Mr. Warner heads Smith Anderson's products liability practice group. He has significant experience in products liability and drug/medical devices defense, including serving as lead counsel nationally, regionally and statewide to multiple major automotive and consumer products manufacturers. He has litigated products liability cases throughout the United States in all levels of trial and appellate courts. Mr. Warner has represented all major automotive manufacturers as well as many major insurance companies and Fortune 500 companies in complex litigation matters in over twenty states and Guam. He also has trial experience in asbestos, environmental coverage, commercial, construction, insurance and arson cases.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Warner serves as a Colonel, United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps.