Chambers USA 2010 Recognizes Smith Anderson Among America’s Leading Lawyers

Raleigh (June 14, 2010) -- Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P., the largest law firm based in the Triangle and one of the largest law firms in North Carolina, has earned high honors from the annual publication, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

This recognition reflects independent research obtained from clients, peers and members of the business community.

The firm’s Corporate/M&A practice received Chambers highest ranking for the third successive year, the only Triangle firm and one of only two firms in North Carolina to receive this honor. Other practice areas honored include: General Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate.

Smith Anderson partners John L. Jernigan and Gerald Roach (Corporate/M&A) and Lacy H. Reaves (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use) received the highest ranking possible in their respective practice areas.

At the invitation of Chambers USA, Smith Anderson lawyers authored the introductory article on North Carolina’s business and legal environment published in Chambers USA 2010, which is the first such article published about North Carolina.

Smith Anderson lawyers receiving recognition include:


Labor and Employment


Real Estate

Comments about Smith Anderson provided to Chambers from clients and the business community:

Corporate/ M&A: “Smith Anderson’s corporate team…has a tremendous reputation thanks to its skills and outstanding lawyers. ‘The team has great political insights and is extremely business-oriented.’ (Smith Anderson lawyers) impress observers with their ‘brightness and incisive understanding of corporate transactions.’… ‘You know your transaction is in good hands if you’re working with Smith Anderson.’”

Real Estate: “The team represents both sides in matters surrounding sales, investments and loans and are described as ‘top-drawer leasing lawyer(s)’ and ‘one of the best in town for zoning and land use matters’... ‘creative, focused and always looks for the best way to move a deal forward.’”

Commercial Litigation: “Smith Anderson lawyers are ‘strong practitioners who have successfully defended financial institutions and companies.’… ‘Good depth and a number of tremendous litigators.’… The range of litigation (the firm) handles is …varied, encompassing contract disputes, securities litigation and products liability matters.’”

Labor and Employment: “Because of the many global companies in the area, (the practice) regularly advises international companies...on the implementation of workforces in North Carolina. . . . handles employment litigation on behalf of clients… ‘Very practical and easy to talk to.’”

About Chambers USA

The Chambers USA list is the only legal directory conducting independent research to rank lawyers and firms. Chambers researchers conducted in-depth interviews with more than 7,000 leading private practice attorneys and key in-house counsel. The rankings are based on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.

About Smith Anderson

Since its inception in 1912, Smith Anderson has grown to become the largest Triangle-based law firm and one of the largest in North Carolina. Representing diverse organizations with local, state, national and international interests, our lawyers focus on building and strengthening relationships by understanding our clients' businesses and customizing our legal solutions accordingly. Our commitment to our clients also extends to our community and profession.


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