Benchmark Litigation Ranks Smith Anderson “Highly Recommended” and Honors 15 Litigation and Labor and Employment Attorneys

Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation®, “the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and lawyers,” recognized 15 of our attorneys as North Carolina “Litigation Stars” and “Labor & Employment Stars” in its 2024 edition. Smith Anderson was also awarded a “Highly Recommended” ranking for North Carolina, the highest possible rating. In addition to being named a Labor & Employment Star, Isaac Linnartz is newly recognized as a “Future Star” in litigation.

Earlier this year, Smith Anderson was also honored for the fourth consecutive year with Benchmark’s “North Carolina Firm of the Year” award. The firm is known for its trial-tested lawyers who combine extensive courtroom experience with practical business judgment.

Benchmark Litigation’s North Carolina “Litigation Star” and “Labor & Employment Star” lists reflect only those individuals “who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers.”

North Carolina “Litigation Stars”

North Carolina “Future Star”

North Carolina “Labor and Employment Stars”


Benchmark Litigation focuses exclusively on U.S. litigation. The publication’s results stem from the culmination of a six-month research period where its researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent casework handled by law firms and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. Law firms cannot pay to be recommended for the guide. Recommendations are based on interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. For more information, visit


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