Jeff Truitt Awarded Navy Commendation Medal

Raleigh, NC (December 7, 2011) – Jeff Truitt, an attorney in Smith Anderson’s Government Contracting, Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Private Equity practice groups, was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for his work with the Naval Surface Forces Atlantic command in Norfolk, Virginia as a reservist from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Truitt is a former active duty JAG Corps officer and holds the rank of Commander in the reserves. The award, signed by Rear Admiral David M. Thomas, Jr., cited Mr. Truitt’s assistance with a number of high profile and sensitive matters, including investigations involving alleged computer network compromises, faulty ship lubricating oil systems, senior officer misconduct, and alleged violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Mr. Truitt also provided legal advice to the command regarding various ethics and compliance matters.

Mr. Truitt’s practice at Smith Anderson includes government contracting, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions. He also assists early stage, growth and venture-backed companies in all phases of start-up, financing and exits. Mr. Truitt has experience working with clients in a broad range of industries, including technology, software, utilities, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, manufacturing, distribution, energy, and professional services.

Immediately prior to joining Smith Anderson, Mr. Truitt practiced corporate and securities law with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.

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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.

Five of Smith Anderson’s lawyers are current or former senior Judge Advocates (Army/Navy), and eleven of our attorneys have active duty military experience in all services. Our Judge Advocate lawyers have worked extensively in the Pentagon for the Department of Navy, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of the Army, and include a former United States Congressman and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works). Smith Anderson lawyers have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite.” Lawyers in our Government Contracting group are active in a host of state and national government contracting organizations, including the North Carolina Military Business Center, the BRAC-RTF, and the American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law.

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