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Seven Smith Debnam Lawyers Named to 2018 Best Lawyers® List

August 15, 2017

Raleigh, N.C. (August 15, 2017) – Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP is pleased to announce that seven lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.

Best Lawyers presents lawyers by geographic region and practice area and 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. Lawyers are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Smith Debnam would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2018 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).

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 leads the firm’s Family Law section.

Jeff D. RogersListed 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 SousaListed in Best Lawyers for 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, 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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