Smith Moore Leatherwood Receives Rankings In 2014 Chambers Guide

May 28, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC– Twenty-six Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys earned recognition in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide by Chambers and Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession. In addition, three attorneys received additional honors bestowed by Chambers USA – Attorney Patti Ramseur was named to the 2014 Up-and-Coming list in Labor & Employment, Jim Medford was named a Recognised Practitioner and Charles Melvin, Jr. was named a Senior Statesmen.

The firm also received rankings across key practice areas, including recognition in North and South Carolina for work in Litigation and Real Estate. In North Carolina the firm was ranked for work in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions; Environment; Health Care; Labor & Employment; and Intellectual Property. The firm was recognized in Georgia for its Healthcare practice.

In its 15th year of publication, the Chambers USA Guide is an annual ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States. Results are obtained through hours of research and thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers, with greater weight given to the views of clients. The qualities on which the rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities highly valued by clients.

Overall, twenty-six Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys were recognized as leaders in their states and practice areas:

Corporate/ M&A

  • E. Kent Auberry, Greensboro, NC
  • Richard L. Few Jr., Greenville, SC
  • David V. Otterson, Raleigh, NC
  • Frank C. Williams, Greenville, SC


  • Stephen W. Earp, Greensboro, NC
  • Ramona Cunningham O’Bryant, Greensboro, NC


  • Barry S. Herrin, Atlanta, Ga
  • Maureen Murray, Greensboro, NC
  • Lawrence J. Myers, Atlanta, Ga
  • Tobin N. Watt, Atlanta, Ga
  • Robert L. Wilson Jr., Raleigh, NC

Intellectual Property

  • Jim Medford, Greensboro, NC (Recognised Practitioner)

Labor & Employment

  • Julianna Theall Earp, Greensboro, NC
  • George J. Oliver, Raleigh, NC
  • Patti Ramseur, Greensboro, NC (Up and Coming)


  • Steven E. Farrar, Greenville, SC
  • Michael J. Giese, Greenville, SC
  • Robert R. Marcus, Charlotte, NC
  • Robert D. Moseley, Greenville, SC
  • Larry B. Sitton, Charlotte, NC
  • Fred M. Wood Jr., Charlotte, NC

Real Estate

  • Brian Byrd, Greensboro, NC
  • Michele Lyerly, Greenville, SC
  • Charles E. Melvin Jr., Greensboro, NC (Senior Statesmen)
  • Marvin Quattlebaum, Greenville, SC
  • Thomas E. Terrell Jr., Greensboro, NC

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About Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Clients of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP receive creative, cost-effective legal services that align with their goals. With seven offices and more than 175 attorneys across North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, the firm’s core practice areas are focused on litigation, corporate law, health care, real estate, and labor and employment.

With reputations for excellence and responsive client service, additional practice teams include intellectual property, tax, banking and finance, antitrust, business torts, financial services litigation, appellate, land use and zoning, economic development, and transportation.



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