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Raleigh, N.C. (January 26, 2016) – Raleigh-based law firm Smith Debnam today announced that nine Smith Debnam attorneys have been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers and Rising Star for 2016. Firm managing partner, Jerry T. Myers, as well as partners, John W. Narron, Rose H. Stout, Caren D. Enloe, Max R. Rodden, and Bettie K. Sousa were named to North Carolina Super Lawyers. Partners Lynn W. McNally, Alicia Jurney, and Sam Fleder were named to this year’s North Carolina Rising Stars list.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, fewer than 5% of practicing lawyers within a state receive Super Lawyer recognition. Super Lawyers determines their selections through a patented process consisting of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of the state’s top attorneys.
John W. Narron has practiced law in North Carolina since 1977. He was among the first attorneys in the state to earn a Board Certified Specialist designation in Family Law. Narron has been a partner with Smith Debnam since 1987, and has provided legal advice and litigation services to clients in central and eastern North Carolina in all manner of civil disputes. This year marks the eleventh consecutive year Narron has been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Rose H. Stout is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law. She joined Smith Debnam in 1989 and represents clients in all aspects of domestic law, including divorce, custody, equitable distribution, child support and alimony. This year marks the eleventh consecutive year Stout has been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Caren D. Enloe has appeared as counsel in North Carolina’s state and federal trial courts, as well as the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit. Her compliance experience includes the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Gramm Leach Bliley Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Enloe authors a daily blog titled: Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance covering a host of topical litigation issues involving consumer protection law.
Jerry T. Myers is a Board Certified Specialist in Creditors’ Rights, with an emphasis on debt collection, judgment enforcement, and commercial litigation. Myers served as president of the Commercial Law League of America and was instrumental in forming the North Carolina Creditors Bar Association. Myers has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2010.
Bettie Kelley Sousa is a Board Certified Specialist in Creditors’ Rights and a highly experienced litigator in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. She represents companies and their owners in a variety of matters, including contract drafting and disputes, business break-ups, and employment issues. 2016 marks Sousa’s sixth consecutive year appearing in North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Max R. Rodden is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and represents clients in matters that include divorce, child custody and support, equitable distribution, alimony, post- and pre-marital agreements, annulment, grandparent custody and visitation, termination of parental rights, abuse and neglect proceedings, as well as domestic violence and marital torts. He was listed in Super Lawyers in 2015.
Lynn Wilson McNally is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and Mediation and represents individuals in domestic matters including divorce, child custody, and related issues. McNally is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association and Wake County Bar Association, as well as the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association. She is an active board member of the House of Hope of NC, a Christian therapeutic school, home, and counseling center for hurting and troubled girls ages 12-17, and their families. This year marks the fifth consecutive year McNally has named to North Carolina Rising Stars.
Alicia Jurney is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and represents clients in child custody, child support, domestic violence, equitable distribution, and alimony matters. Jurney is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association where she serves on several committees. She also serves as chair of the board of directors for Haven House Services, a Raleigh non-profit community support agency. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Jurney has been named to North Carolina Rising Stars.
Samuel D. Fleder is licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. He is a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights practice and concentrates in the areas of business litigation, commercial creditor bankruptcy, construction law, creditors’ rights and collections, equipment leasing & finance, foreclosures, and lender liability defense. Fleder is a member of the North Carolina and South Carolina Bankers Associations, and a board member of the Wake County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division. This year marks the fourth consecutive year Fleder has been named to North Carolina Rising Stars.
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Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is a leading, multidiscipline law firm of choice for institutions and private individuals who value a responsible and caring approach from an experienced team of legal professionals. Representing clients in Banking, Financial Services, Equipment Leasing, Construction, Mortgage Servicing, Manufacturing, and Professional Services industries, the firm 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, Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Elder Law & Advocacy Services, Estate Planning & Administration, and Probate Litigation.
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