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Three Smith Debnam Attorneys Selected as 2012 Rising Stars in North Carolina Super Lawyers®

March 30, 2012

Smith Debnam is proud to announce that Lynn Wilson Lupton, John Sperati, and Alicia Jurney Whitlock, attorneys with the firm, have been listed as 2012 Rising Stars in North Carolina Super Lawyers®. Rising Stars recognizes accomplished attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Lynn, John, and Alicia were nominated for this recognition by fellow lawyers, who have personally observed them in action — whether as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other firsthand courtroom observation. Upon nomination, an attorney-led research team reviewed their credentials and evaluated them based on a defined set of evaluation criteria. The Rising Stars were listed in the 2012 edition of the North Carolina Super Lawyers® publication.


A partner with the firm, Lynn Wilson Lupton focuses her practice in the area of family law. Since beginning her practice in 2003, Lynn regularly represents individuals in matters regarding domestic law including divorce, child custody, and related issues. She is a North Carolina Bar Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Lynn earned her J.D. from Campbell University Law School and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is active in the Family Law sections of the North Carolina Bar Association and Wake County Bar Association as well as the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association. Lynn serves a local non-profit agency by providing pro bono legal assistance.


John Sperati concentrates his practice in construction law and he regularly represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, owners, design professionals and developers in the resolution of their construction related disputes pertaining to North Carolina lien and bond law, federal bond law, contractual disputes, contract formation and review, bid disputes, construction defects, delay claims, design professional liability, mediation, arbitration and litigation. In addition to his construction law practice, John is experienced in real estate litigation, commercial litigation, equipment leasing and finance and creditor’s rights. John earned his J.D. from North Carolina Central School of Law, and his B.A. from Western Carolina University. He is active in the North Carolina Bar Association Construction Section, The ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, The Triangle Chapter of the Professional Construction Estimators Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies North Carolina.


Alicia Jurney Whitlock focuses her practice in family law and is experienced in representing clients in child custody, child support, domestic violence, equitable distribution, and alimony matters. Alicia is an alumna of the firm’s summer associate program, graduating from Campbell Law with honors and earning her B.A. from Wake Forest University. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Haven House Services, a non-profit agency that helps struggling young people and their families develop positive and successful relationships at home, at school and in the community. She is also a collaborative attorney with The Integrated Accountability and Collaborative Transparency Program (IACT), developed as a pathway to medical disclosure transparency in resolving patient/provider conflicts resulting from medical error.