The following Tharrington Smith attorneys have been recognized as being among the best in North Carolina in 2009 by NC Magazine:
- Appellate Law – Roger W. Smith, Sr.
- Family Law – Lynn P. Burleson, Jaye P. Meyer, Fred Morelock, Carlyn G. Poole
- Non-White Collar Criminal Defense – Roger W. Smith, Sr., Wade M. Smith
- White-Collar Criminal Defense – Douglas E. Kingsbery, Roger W. Smith, Sr., Wade M. Smith
This recognition comes from the peer survey of Woodward/White: The Best Lawyers in America© 2009. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C., NC Magazine, Vol. 67, No. 4, May/June 2009