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Four Smith Debnam Attorneys Named to Business North Carolina’s 20th “Legal Elite” Class

January 4, 2021

Raleigh, N.C. (January 4, 2021) – Smith Debnam announced today that four Smith Debnam attorneys were named “North Carolina’s 2021 Legal Elite” in Business North Carolina Magazine, a listing of the state’s top attorneys in their respective fields. The Smith Debnam attorneys named are Andrew Bullard for Estate Planning; Byron Saintsing for Construction Law; Connie Carrigan for Employment Law; and Lynn McNally for Family Law. This year marks the 20th “Legal Elite” class. Fewer than 4% of the state’s 28,000 active attorneys made this year’s list.

Once a year, Business North Carolina distributes ballots to active members of the North Carolina Bar Association who reside in the state. Voters are asked one question: “Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories?” Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves and may only select members of their own firms if they also select out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the out-of-firm votes weighted more heavily. For more information about the methodology behind Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, visit http://businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/.

Andrew Bullard is a member of the firm’s Trust and Estates practice area, where he represents clients in matters involving complex estate planning and will administration. Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, Bullard attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He earned his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

Byron Saintsing leads Smith Debnam’s Construction Law and Commercial Litigation practice group. He focuses on matters involving construction law, complex business litigation, and commercial creditor bankruptcy in his practice. Saintsing has written and lectured on many topics about construction and equipment leasing, including editing materials on North Carolina’s adoption of Article 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Connie Carrigan is a partner in the firm, with a practice concentration in Business Law. Her focus is on assisting clients with employment law issues, business advice and litigation, construction law, equipment leasing, and creditor bankruptcy. Carrigan has lectured on topics ranging from employment law, bankruptcy, and equipment leasing to construction law.

Lynn McNally is a leader in the firm’s Family Law practice group. As a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Family Financial Settlement Mediator, she represents individuals in matters involving separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence, and parental rights termination, legitimation, and other matters pertaining to family law.

About Smith Debnam

Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is a leading, multi-practice regional law firm for institutions and private individuals who value a responsible and caring approach from an accomplished team of experienced legal professionals. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a regional office in Charleston, South Carolina, the firm represents clients in Banking, Financial Services, Equipment Leasing, Construction, Mortgage Servicing, Manufacturing, and Professional Services industries. Smith Debnam has extensive experience in state and federal courts across a diverse list of practice areas, including Corporate and Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Foreclosures, Creditor Representation, Consumer Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Trusts & Estates, and Probate Litigation.

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