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Nine Smith Debnam Lawyers Named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America® List

August 15, 2018

Raleigh, N.C. (August 15, 2018) – The Raleigh-based law firm of Smith Debnam today announced that nine Smith Debnam lawyers are named in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

Best Lawyers publishes its list of lawyers by geographic region and practice area, and lawyers are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Instead, Best Lawyers bases its findings on an exhaustive peer-review survey where, on average, over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal and professional abilities of other lawyers. For this reason, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Smith Debnam congratulates the following attorneys named in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America:

Thurston Debnam, Jr. – Listed in Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation / Corporate Law
Debnam is one of the firm’s founding partners and has more than 30 years of experience in commercial planning and business litigation.

Franklin Drake – Listed in Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Drake is a nationally recognized speaker on financial services regulation and compliance-related matters, with over 30 years of experience representing clients in the financial services industry.

Alicia Jurney – Listed in Best Lawyers for Family Law
Jurney is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and serves as a collaborative attorney with the Integrated Accountability and Collaborative Transparency Program (IACT).

Lynn W. McNally  Listed in Best Lawyers for Family Law
McNally is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and she is a Certified Family Financial Settlement Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.

John W. Narron – Listed in Best Lawyers for Family Law
Narron is a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1977.

Lauren V. Reeves – Listed in Best Lawyers for Real Estate Law
Reeves is a partner inside Smith Debnam’s real estate, foreclosure, and creditors’ rights sections. She represents lenders, individuals, and businesses in real estate matters, including real estate closings, purchasing, leasing, selling, financing and all issues of title arising in both residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Jeff D. Rogers – Listed in Best Lawyers for Real Estate Law
Rogers has 30 years of experience representing creditors, lenders, and businesses of all sizes on matters of foreclosure, bankruptcy, and collections.

Byron L. Saintsing – Listed in Best Lawyers for Banking and Finance Law
Saintsing leads the firm’s construction law practice group and has written and lectured on many topics about construction and equipment leasing.

Bettie Kelley Sousa – Listed in Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Corporate Law
Sousa is a Board-Certified Specialist in Creditors’ Rights and has over 35 years of experience representing companies and their owners in business litigation and employment law.

About Smith Debnam

Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is a leading, multi-practice law firm for institutions and private individuals who value a responsible and caring approach from an accomplished team of experienced 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, Consumer Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Alcohol Beverage Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Elder Law & Advocacy Services, Trusts & Estates, and Probate Litigation.

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