22 Tharrington Smith Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America®; Five Nominated for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
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Raleigh, N.C. – August 17, 2023 — Tharrington Smith, LLP is pleased to announce the nomination of 22 lawyers to the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, as well as five to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® list. Since 1983, Best Lawyers has recognized only the most outstanding lawyers in all practice sections from across the country. It is considered one of the most esteemed accolades in the legal profession.

Tharrington Smith attorneys were nominated in fourteen individual practices; notable highlights from the list include firm co-founder Wade Smith, who has been recognized by Best Lawyers for over 40 years, and first-time nominees Mary Aiken Barrow, Kristopher Gardner, Rod Malone and Jeffrey R. Russell. The firm also celebrates the inclusion of Casey Fidler, Melissa Michaud, Maura O’Keefe, Stephen Rawson and Patricia Robinson on the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list. This marks the first Ones to Watch nomination for all five attorneys, excluding Stephen Rawson, who appears on the list for a second consecutive year.

“I am honored to be recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” said nominee Casey Fidler. “I am thankful for the leadership and expertise of other Best Lawyers at Tharrington Smith who have mentored me and positively influenced my family law practice.”

Fellow nominee Patricia Robinson shares in this appreciation. “I am honored to be recognized by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch and thankful for the guidance and support of my wonderful colleagues at Tharrington Smith.”

Lawyers are chosen for the Best Lawyers list based solely on confidential evaluations from their peers in the field and are not permitted to pay in order to be recognized. Best Lawyers is known as one of the most reliable and respected peer-review publications in both the legal profession and the media, acknowledging the finest lawyers in America for over 40 years.

Below is a complete list of Tharrington Smith, LLP lawyers recognized on the Best Lawyers list, the milestone of years they have been listed, and their practice areas. 

  • F. Hill Allen, 10 years. Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Russell D. Babb, 5 years. Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Mary Aiken Barrow*. Family Law
  • Jonathan A. Blumberg, 10 years. Education Law
  • Lynn P. Burleson, 20 years. Family Law
  • Daniel W. Clark, 5 years. Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Individuals, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Howard Cummings, 4 years. Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Kristopher Gardner*. Commercial Litigation
  • Melissa Hill, 15 years. Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Evan Horwitz, 5 years. Family Law
  • Douglas E. Kingsbery, 20 years. Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Rod Malone*. Construction Law
  • Steven D. Mansbery, 5 years. Family Law
  • Jaye Meyer, 20 years. Family Law
  • Fred M. Morelock, 15 years. Family Law, Family Law Mediation
  • Carolyn Murchison, 3 years. Education Law
  • Randall M. Roden, 10 years. Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property
  • Jeffrey R. Russell*. Family Law
  • Roger W. Smith, Jr., 5 years. Criminal Defense: General Practice, DUI/DWI Defense
  • Wade M. Smith, 40 years. Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense: General Practice, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Ken Soo, 4 years. Appellate Practice, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Alice C. Stubbs, 10 years. Family Law

*Denotes lawyers who are listed for the first time this year

Tharrington Smith, LLP is proud of our lawyers and is pleased to congratulate our Best Lawyers in America® class of 2024. The firm thanks Best Lawyers for their continued recognition and accolades.

About Tharrington Smith LLP:

The attorneys at Tharrington Smith, LLP pride themselves on providing the highest quality professional legal services available. The motto “we don’t deal with cases, we deal with people” is the foundation of their practice, and they have been building successful relationships in the State since 1964. Because of this, they have grown into a practice that reaches across North Carolina and have earned a reputation that spreads across the nation. Focusing on the core proficiencies of family law, education law, criminal defense, criminal tax defense, and civil litigation, Tharrington Smith, LLP has helped countless individuals, companies, and governmental boards find lasting resolutions to their legal issues in North Carolina for almost 60 years.