North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Names Smith Anderson attorney Amy Batten a “Leader in the Law”
North Carolina Lawyers Weekly has named Smith Anderson attorney Amy Batten to its 2023 Class of “Leaders in the Law,” an annual award that celebrates lawyers who are “setting the standard” for other attorneys.
The award honors outstanding contributions to the practice of law in North Carolina, significant achievements through the practice of law, leadership in improving the justice system, acting as role models and mentors and making essential contributions to North Carolina’s legal community and the community at large.
Amy serves as chair of Smith Anderson’s Management Committee, co-leads the firm's Corporate team and has over 30 years of experience in counseling public and private companies on complex securities laws and corporate governance. She works closely with executives and boards of directors, assisting with day-to-day compliance, advising on strategic corporate and capital raising transactions and counseling on corporate governance matters. Amy has advised many of the region’s largest and growing public companies and previously spent time in house with IBM Corporation.
Amy has served on almost every committee at Smith Anderson, including the firm’s Recruiting and Lawyer Development committees. She has helped evolve the firm’s attorney development committee into a function that puts a strong emphasis on the mentorship of rising lawyers. Amy has also helped support Smith Anderson’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, which are a pillar of the firm’s strategic plan, and she has been a leader and supporter in the Smith Anderson Women’s Affiliate Group (SWAG), which is dedicated to leadership, mentorship and community service.
Amy is chair of the Board of Trustees at Ravenscroft School and works with the Head of School in shaping board agendas and interfacing on areas where the Board has oversight. And similarly to how Amy worked tirelessly during the pandemic to help Smith Anderson adjust and retool to challenging and changing circumstances as they unfolded, she supported the leadership team at Ravenscroft in navigating the same. Throughout the pandemic, Amy collaborated closely with the Head of School as Ravenscroft moved classes online, then re-opened in a hybrid structure for the 2020-2021 school year before fully reopening for the 2021-2022 school year.
Amy and her fellow “Leaders in the Law” class members will be honored during a luncheon on April 20 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.
The entire list of 2023 Leaders in the Law can be viewed here.
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