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Smith Debnam Attorneys Caren Enloe and Bettie Sousa Named Among North Carolina’s Legal Elite

Smith Debnam Attorneys Caren Enloe and Bettie Sousa Named Among North Carolina’s Legal Elite

January 08, 2020

Raleigh, N.C. (January 7, 2020) – Smith Debnam is pleased to announce that partners Caren Enloe and Bettie Sousa were named to “North Carolina’s 2020 Legal Elite” in Business North Carolina Magazine. Just 3% of the state’s lawyers made the list.

Since 2002, Business North Carolina has published North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top attorneys in business-related categories. Each 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.

Enloe leads Smith Debnam’s consumer financial services litigation and compliance group. In her practice, she defends consumer financial service providers and members of the collection industry in state and federal court, as well as in regulatory matters involving a variety of consumer protection laws. In 2018, Caren was named one of the “20 Most Powerful Women in Collections,” and she currently serves as chair of the Debt Collection Practices and Bankruptcy subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee.

Sousa has been practicing law at Smith Debnam since 1981. She is a Board Certified Creditors’ Rights Specialist by the American Board of Certification (ABC), for which she served as President and Chair, and remains an Emeritus Director. She has a wealth of experience in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, at both trial and appellate levels.


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, 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, Elder Law & Advocacy Services, Trusts & Estates, Probate Litigation, and Tax Law.

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