The Tharrington Smith law firm is proud to announce that four attorneys in the firm have been included in Business North Carolina Magazine’s 2015 Legal Elite in the following categories:
- F. Hill Allen, Criminal Law Section
- Russell D. Babb, Criminal Law Section
- Jill S. Jackson, Family Law Section
- Alice C. Stubbs, Family Law
Published in January each year since 2002, Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite is a listing of the state’s top lawyers categorized by practice area chosen through a balloting process which includes all lawyers living in the state. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite is the only award of its type that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. The single question ballot asks lawyers to nominate the best lawyer with whom they worked and observed firsthand in each of the categories listed in the Legal Elite. Lawyers are not permitted to list themselves though they can select members of their firm if they also list lawyers outside their firms in the same categories. In-firm selections are given less weight than non-firm selections.
The lawyer who receives the most votes in a category becomes a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame, and is no longer eligible to win. Attorney Wade Smith is a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame Criminal Law Section since 2004.
Hill Allen is a partner in the firm and handles a broad range of civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Allen is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America®’s Criminal Defense, White Collar Section since 2012, in North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2009, and in Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Criminal Section since 2004.
Russell Babb is a partner in the firm focusing his practice in the area criminal and civil litigation. Coming to Tharrington Smith from the Public Defenders Office, Mr. Babb has represented criminal defendants at all levels of state court in North Carolina. He was previously recognized by Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Criminal Section in 2012.
Jill Jackson is a partner in the firm and focuses her practice on the complex matters relating to family and matrimonial law. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer. She has been included in the Family Law section of Best Lawyers in America®, since 2012, was recognized as a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine from 2009 through 2013, and included in their main list in 2014. Ms. Jackson has been honored by Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Family Law Section since 2009.
Alice Stubbs is also a partner in the firm’s Family Law Section. Mrs. Stubbs came to Tharrington Smith in 2006 from the 10th Judicial District Court, where she served as district court judge for more than 2 terms. She is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, a Certified Family Financial Mediator, and an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated Lawyer. She has been included in the Family Law section of Best Lawyers in America® and North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2010, and has been previously honored by the Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Family Law Section in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014.
The Tharrington Smith firm prides itself and its attorneys on providing the highest quality professional legal services available. The motto “We don’t deal with cases. We deal with people.” is the cornerstone of our practice.Because of this, Tharrington Smith, LLP, has grown into a practice that reaches across the state, and earned a reputation that reaches across the nation. Focusing on the core proficiencies of family law, education law, criminal defense, and civil litigation, the firm’s legal services include matters relating to construction disputes, election protests, intellectual property issues, personal injury, employment discrimination, and mediator services. Tharrington Smith has helped countless individuals, companies and governmental boards find lasting resolution to their legal issues in North Carolina for 50 years. We congratulate our lawyers on this fine achievement and recognition from our fellow members of the bar.