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Smith Debnam is proud to announce that four of our family law attorneys have been included in the 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers publications as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Partners John W. Narron and Rose H. Stout have been selected as 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers® for family law, and Lynn Wilson McNally, Partner, and Alicia Jurney Whitlock have been been listed as 2012 Rising Stars in North Carolina Super Lawyers®.
Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis and selection is based on a rigorous process that includes peer nominations, independent research, and review by peer attorneys in the same practice area. Only 5% of a state’s licensed attorneys are named 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.
John Narron has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1977 and has been a partner with Smith Debnam since 1987. John’s practice consists of litigation, arbitration, mediation and business transactions. For 34 years, John has provided advice and litigation services to clients in central and eastern North Carolina in all manner of civil disputes frequently involving equitable distribution proceedings, alimony trials, will caveats, employment disputes, personal injury trials and negotiations, and a wide variety of commercial business disputes. John was recognized as a Super Lawyer in Family Law.
Rose Stout, also selected as a Super Lawyer in Family Law, has been practicing since 1985and with Smith Debnam since 1989. Rose represents clients in all aspects of domestic law, including divorce, custody, equitable distribution, child support and alimony. She has been a North Carolina State Bar Board Family Law Specialist since 1991. She has extensive trial experience at the district court level and has spoken at family law seminars on various family law issues. Rose is a mediator and arbitrator and has acted in both capacities in family law matters.
A partner with the firm, Lynn Wilson McNally 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 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.
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.