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  • Partner Lynn Wilson McNally Adds ‘Certified Mediator’ to List of Credentials
  • 2/13/15:
    We’re pleased to announce that partner and board-certified family law specialist, Lynn Wilson McNally, has received her mediation certification from the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and is now certified to conduct mediations of equitable distribution and other family law financial cases in district court actions. Read More..
  • Former Smith Debnam Attorney Rejoins Firm as Partner
  • 2/2/2015:
    We are pleased to announce that Caren Enloe has rejoined Smith Debnam as a partner in our Creditors’ Rights practice group. Enloe will lead the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation unit and brings a wealth of experience in the consumer financial services sector, both in litigation and compliance matters. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Names Sam Fleder Partner
  • 1.27.2015:
    Raleigh-based law firm Smith Debnam today announced that Samuel D. Fleder has been named a partner in the firm. Fleder joined Smith Debnam in 2009 and has been a pivotal member of the firm’s creditors’ rights practice group, representing clients both in North Carolina and South Carolina in matters involving financial services litigation, creditor defense, commercial litigation, foreclosure, and creditor bankruptcy. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Attorneys Named to the 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
  • 1.26.2015:
    Raleigh-based law firm Smith Debnam today announced that eight Smith Debnam attorneys have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Star lists. Firm managing partner, Jerry T. Myers, as well as John W. Narron, Rose H. Stout, Max R. Rodden, and Bettie Kelley Sousa were included on this year’s North Carolina Super Lawyers list. Lynn Wilson McNally, Alicia Jurney, and Sam Fleder were named to this year’s North Carolina Rising Stars list. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Welcomes Kristin Ruth as Partner
  • 12/18/2014:
    Smith Debnam today announced that veteran family law attorney Kristin Ruth has joined the firm’s family law practice. As a partner, Ruth will represent clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, and equitable property distribution. With the addition of Ruth, Smith Debnam’s family law practice now boasts seven attorneys, including six Board Certified specialists. Read More..
  • Rose Stout Receives 2014 Women of Justice Award
  • 11/19/2014:
    We’re pleased to announce that firm senior partner, Rose Stout, a board-certified family law specialist, has been selected as a 2014 North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice. The Women of Justice Awards recognize women who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Named a “2015 Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report
  • 11/5/2014:
    Smith Debnam has been named to the 2015 “Best Law Firms” in America rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. Smith Debnam was recognized among the nation’s best for the firm’s reputation of “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.” Read More..
  • Brett Thompson Joins Smith Debnam
  • 10/15/2014:
    Addition emboldens firm’s strategic expansion into elder law Raleigh-based law firm Smith Debnam has hired Brett Thompson, an elder law attorney with an established practice concentrated in all matters related to Elder Law, including estate planning, probate litigation, Medicaid planning, guardianship, and VA benefits. With the addition of Thompson, the firm strengthens its elder law and advocacy services – an area of law set to increase in demand as 70 million baby boomers race to retirement over the next few decades, many without enough savings to withstand a serious medical condition or prolonged illness. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Receives 2014 International Compliance and Ethics Award
  • 10/6/2014:
    Smith Debnam received the 2014 International Compliance and Ethics Award, presented by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE). For 10 years running, the SCCE has presented the International Compliance and Ethics Award to individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions in the areas of compliance and ethics in business. The SCCE selected Smith Debnam for being the first law firm in the U.S. to implement a comprehensive compliance program under the guard of a full-time compliance officer. Read More..
  • Three Smith Debnam Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015
  • 8/19/2014:
    Rose H. Stout, John W. Narron, and W. Thurston Debnam, Jr., have once again been recognized among the nation’s top lawyers in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. This edition marks the ninth straight year that Stout and Narron have earned a spot on the list for their work in family law, and the second year in a row Debnam has been listed for his work in corporate law. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Teams Up for a Good Cause
  • 8/11/2014:
    Attorneys from Smith Debnam, along with employees from other local businesses, teamed up with area sport stars for a day of outstanding competition and sportsmanship to benefit local children and adults living with physical disabilities. Read More..
  • Lauren Reeves Selected for Leadership Raleigh
  • 7/31/2014:
    We’re pleased to announce that the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce has selected Smith Debnam attorney Lauren Reeves to join the 30 Leadership Raleigh class. Reeves will join other distinguished individuals in an extraordinary leadership development experience designed to develop and foster community engagement and life-long connections. Read More..
  • “Oh yes we did!” Smith Debnam: First U.S. Law Firm to Appoint Full-Time Compliance Officer
  • 05-22-2014:
    Amidst the continuing debate about why law firms don’t need compliance programs (short argument: they’re “special”), a small firm in North Carolina quietly went out and hired itself a full-time, senior-level chief compliance officer. And the rest of them are, like, “Oh no they didn’t!” And they’re like, “Oh yes we did!” Read More..
  • Why Law Firms Need Dedicated Compliance Officers
  • 2014-04-30:
    Donna Boehme of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics recently interviewed Smith Debnam’s managing partner, Jerry T. Myers along with Jennifer Quillen, Smith Debnam’s Chief Compliance Officer to discuss the growing complexity of information security and why law firms need dedicated compliance officers. Click here to read article. Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Welcomes New Attorney
  • 2014-04-25:
    Firm expands family law practice with new hire  Raleigh, N.C. (April 25, 2014) – Smith Debnam today announced the addition of Leslie Underwood Marion to the firm’s Family Law practice area. Marion will represent clients in all matters involving separation, divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, child custody and child support, as well as domestic violence. Marion Read More..
  • Four Smith Debnam Attorneys Selected as 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers®
  • 2014-02-12:
    Four of our firm’s partners – Jerry T. Myers, John W. Narron, Rose H. Stout and Bettie Kelley Sousa – have been selected again in 2014 as North Carolina Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in one of more Read More..
  • Bettie Kelley Sousa named Emeritus Director of The American Board of Certification
  • 2014-02-03:
    At its annual meeting held in December in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, The American Board of Certification (ABC) unanimously elected Raleigh attorney Bettie Kelley Sousa as an Emeritus Director. Accredited by The American Bar Association, ABC administers the only nationwide certification of legal specialists in the fields of creditors’ rights, business bankruptcy, and consumer bankruptcy. Read More..
  • Three Smith Debnam Attorneys selected as Rising Stars by North Carolina Super Lawyers®
  • 2014-01-31:
    Smith Debnam is proud to announce that Lynn Wilson McNally, Alicia Jurney, and Sam Fleder, attorneys with the firm, have been listed as 2014 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, Alicia, and Sam Read More..
  • Two Smith Debnam Family Law Attorneys Selected as Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
  • 2014-01-29:
    Smith Debnam is proud to announce that Rose Stout and Max Rodden, Partners with the firm, have been selected as Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the practice area of Family Law. Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored exceptional lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top Read More..
  • Smith Debnam provides Christmas gifts to local children
  • 2014-01-15:
    This past holiday season, Smith Debnam participated in the Wake Guardian Ad Litem program to provide Christmas gifts for children who are part of the foster care or relative placement program. Through generous donations from our staff, our firm was able to provide gifts for 18 children throughout our local community.  “There’s just a lot Read More..
  • Three Smith Debnam Attorneys Named “Best Lawyers in America”
  • 2013-12-30:
    Smith Debnam is proud to congratulate John W. Narron, Rose H. Stout, and Thurston Debnam for recently being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Selected as a Best Lawyer in America in the field of family law since 2007, John Read More..
  • Christina McAlpin Taylor named partner at Smith Debnam
  • 2014-01-02:
    Smith Debnam is pleased to announce that Christina McAlpin Taylor has been named partner at our firm.  She is a member of the firm’s creditors’ rights practice group and represents a wide range of businesses through all stages of creditor representation, including pre-suit collection efforts, lawsuits, judgments, executions and counterclaim defense. Christina earned a Juris Read More..
  • Smith Debnam Ranked U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firm” for Third Straight Year
  • 2013-11-11:
    Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP has been rated by its peers as a first-tier 2014 “Best Law Firm” for Family Law in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® rankings, achieving this status for the third year in a row.  The “Best Law Firms” rankings are determined through a national survey distributed to both clients Read More..
  • Smith Debnam welcomes new Compliance Officer, Jennifer Quillen
  • 2013-07-01:
    We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Quillen as Compliance Officer for the firm.  In this role, Jennifer will coordinate the firm’s compliance strategy by formulating internal policies and procedures, providing regular compliance training to employees, helping the firm achieve necessary certifications, and auditing our control environment to best serve our creditor clients and their industry Read More..
  • John Narron receives the Sara H. Davis Excellence Award from the N.C. State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2013-05-01:
    On April 5, the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization presented John Narron with the 2013 Sara H. Davis Excellence Award. Each year, the Board accepts nominations and presents the award to an individual who exemplifies excellence in his or her daily work as a lawyer and serves as a model for other Read More..
  • Good news for subcontractors and material suppliers regarding mechanics lien claims in NC
  • 2013-03-28:
    In a case closely followed by the subcontractor and supply house industry in North Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina held yesterday that filing a mechanics lien claim after a bankruptcy case has been filed does not violate the automatic stay of the Bankruptcy Code.  Subcontractors and material suppliers now Read More..
  • Alicia Jurney selected as Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
  • 2013-03-19:
    The firm would like to congratulate Alicia Jurney, an attorney with Smith Debnam, for being listed as a 2013 Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Young Gun recognizing exceptional attorneys under the age of 40. Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored exceptional lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers Read More..
  • Thurston Debnam selected as Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
  • 2013-03-19:
    Smith Debnam would like to congratulate Thurston Debnam, a partner with the firm, for being listed as a 2013 Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for Real Estate. Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored exceptional lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not Read More..
  • Four Smith Debnam Attorneys Selected as 2013 Rising Stars by North Carolina Super Lawyers®
  • 2013-02-14:
    Smith Debnam is proud to announce that Lynn Wilson Lupton, Adam Gottsegen, Alicia Jurney Whitlock, and Samuel Fleder, attorneys with the firm, have been listed as 2013 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, Read More..
  • Four Smith Debnam Attorneys selected as 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers®
  • 2013-02-14:
    Jerry T. Myers, John W. Narron, Rose H. Stout, and Bettie Kelley Sousa, Partners of Smith Debnam have been selected again as North Carolina Super Lawyers®. Only 5% of a state’s licensed attorneys are named Super Lawyers, outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and Read More..