Smith Anderson Named Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers

Raleigh NC (September 15, 2010) – In the first U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm Ranking” Smith Anderson has received first-tier rankings” in 15 categories and is the only firm with a first tier ranking in “Mergers & Acquisitions Law” and “Securities/Capital Markets Law” in the Raleigh metropolitan area. The firm has the highest number of first tier rankings in the Raleigh metropolitan area. The ranked categories include:

  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Benefits Law
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law
  • Venture Capital Law

“Best Law Firm Rankings” is a new initiative between U.S. News Media Group, the nation’s leading source of rankings and service journalism and Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide. The rankings are a result of evaluation of more than 3,000 law firms across the United States using a wide range of objective data as well as individual assessments from more than 40,000 private practice lawyers; 20,000 clients; and thousands of law firm employees.

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The upcoming (2010) edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 40,267 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 2.8 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. At, Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in most of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers® lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

About Smith Anderson

Since its founding 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, its lawyers are committed to understanding clients' businesses and customizing legal solutions accordingly. Its commitment to clients also extends to the business community and legal profession.

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