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Three Smith Debnam Lawyers Recognized as ONES TO WATCH by Best Lawyers®

Three Smith Debnam Lawyers Recognized as ONES TO WATCH by Best Lawyers®

August 19, 2021

Raleigh, N.C. (August 19, 2021) – Smith Debnam today announced three Smith Debnam lawyers were included in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. Best Lawyers® is one of the most respected attorney peer-review publications in the legal profession. Recognition is based entirely on peer review and employs the same methodology that has made Best Lawyers the gold standard for legal rankings worldwide.

Smith Debnam congratulates the following attorneys for being included in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.


  • Christina McAlpin TaylorTaylor is a partner in the firm and a member of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights practice group. She represents a wide range of businesses through all stages of creditor representation, including pre-suit collection efforts, lawsuits, judgments, and executions. In 2016, Taylor was named to the 25 Most Influential Women in Collections by Collection Advisor Magazine. In 2021, Taylor was appointed to serve a four-year term on the East Carolina University (ECU) Women’s Roundtable Board of Directors.


  • Joseph Daviesis a partner and member of the Construction Law practice group at Smith Debnam. He received his superior court mediation certification from the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. Davies has an extensive background in lien filings and construction litigation and represents construction companies and small business owners in lease negotiations and complex litigation matters. Davies earned his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Richmond and his J.D. with honors from Duke University School of Law.


  • Andrew BullardBullard is a member of the firm’s Trust and Estates He represents clients in matters involving estate planning and estate administration. Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, Bullard attended the University of Michigan. He earned his J.D. from Michigan State University College of 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, and Trusts & Estates.

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