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Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP


About Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

Smith Anderson is the largest business and litigation law firm in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. Operating from a single Raleigh location, the firm’s more than 130 attorneys represent regional, national, and international companies ranging in size from large public companies to emerging growth businesses, with clients located in 23 countries and 43 U.S. states.

Raleigh Roots

After graduating from Duke University School of Law in 1912, Willis Smith founded a tax practice that would eventually become Smith Anderson in Raleigh. Smith would later serve as the first North Carolinian elected President of the American Bar Association and as U.S. Senator. While other firms have expanded by opening offices in far-flung locales, Smith Anderson has grown to be the largest in the state’s capital while staying true its roots.

Full Service

Smith Anderson attorneys handle complicated and sophisticated matters in a wide variety of industries, including niche areas such as life sciences & agricultural technology and blockchain technology. Their practices include corporate, finance, government, health care, litigation, private client services, private equity, real estate, technology, and workplace law. The firm has worked on the largest M&A deal in North Carolina history and has been recognized as the North Carolina Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation. Smith Anderson regularly works with, and across the table from, some of the most prestigious national and international law firms, and approximately one-third of its attorneys joined from those AmLaw 100 firms.

Giving Back

Anderson Smith is enmeshed in the North Carolina legal community and pays it forward through its pro bono program. Five firm attorneys have served as president of the North Carolina Bar Association, while others have led the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and the American Counsel Association. Firm attorneys devote thousands of hours a year to pro bono causes, with a special focus on Legal Aid of North Carolina. The firm donated $100,000 to the group to celebrate its centennial and counsels hundreds of Legal Aid clients in landlord-tenant disputes, guardian ad litem appeals, and disability benefits.

Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2300
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 821-1220

Firm Stats

Chair: Gerald F. Roach
Managing Partner: Byron B. Kirkland
Recruiting Committee Co-Chairs: Isaac Linnartz and Justin Truesdale
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
100 - 150

Employment Contact

Sheryl Roberts
Recruiting Coordinator

No. of U.S. Offices: 1

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Raleigh, NC

Major Departments

Health Care
Private Client Services
Private Equity
Real Estate Development
Technology & Intellectual Property
Workplace Law
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.