Smith Moore Leatherwood Announces Top Rankings In U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Survey

October 7, 2010

Greenville Office Earns 12 Tier 1 Rankings

GREENVILLE, SC – October 7, 2010 – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP has earned top rankings in the first-ever U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey.

The firm’s Greenville office earned Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in the following 12 practice areas: Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Franchise Law, General Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Trust & Estates Law.

The Smith Moore Leatherwood offices in Atlanta, Greensboro and Raleigh markets also earned Tier 1 Rankings in 22 practice areas. Tier 2 rankings were awarded to the Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh offices in 6 practice areas.

The full survey appears in the October 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine and a special section on the website. Rankings were based on surveys of more than 9,000 lawyers and clients in the U.S., including representatives of more than half the Fortune 1000 companies. Clients and peers were asked to assess law firms for their responsiveness, understanding of client business needs, cost- effectiveness, integrity, civility and whether they would refer a client to the law firm.

Nationally, 39 practice areas were ranked across about 175 metropolitan and state areas.

“I am very proud that Smith Moore Leatherwood has been recognized for the excellent work of our attorneys,” said Tod Hyche, Managing Partner of the Greenville office. “The Tier 1 rankings prove that our clients and peers value the quality of legal service we provide.”

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP serves clients in the Southeast and across the nation through attorneys who are personally invested in solving clients’ complex legal issues. With more than 180 attorneys who concentrate in a wide range of substantive areas, Smith Moore Leatherwood has offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina; and in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington, North Carolina. For more information, visit