102 WOMBLE CARLYLE ATTORNEYS NAMED AMONG THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA Firm’s representation on the list increases for 8th consecutive year Public Relations contacts: Russell Thomas (202) 857-4517 Bruce Buchanan (336) 728-7027 WINSTON-SALEM, NC—Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, today announced that 102 attorneys firm-wide have ranked highly on Woodward/White Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America rankings. The total number of Womble Carlyle attorneys appearing on the list has increased for the eighth consecutive time, from 98 attorneys in the 2008 rankings to 102 in the 2009 rankings. The 2009 edition is the fifteenth edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which thousands of top leading attorneys throughout the country cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties. The current edition is based on more than 1.8 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Womble Carlyle ranked #1 overall in North Carolina, and ranked #1 in 17 other state-level categories. The list below highlights those rankings. Ranked #1 in North Carolina with 81 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Bet-the-Company Litigation with 5 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Commercial Litigation with 17 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Corporate Law with 12 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Environmental Law with 4 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Health Care Law with 6 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Insurance Law with 3 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Mass Tort Litigation with 3 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Municipal Law with 1 attorney. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Natural Resources Law with 1 attorney. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Non-Profit/Charities Law with 1 attorney. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Personal Injury Litigation with 8 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Product Liability Litigation with 6 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Professional Malpractice Law with 2 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Technology Law with 1 attorney. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Timber Law with 2 attorneys. Ranked #1 in North Carolina in Trust & Estates with 4 attorneys. Ranked #1 in South Carolina in Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law with 2 attorneys. Ranked #1 in Winston-Salem, NC, with 40 attorneys. The following is a list of the Womble Carlyle attorneys who rank among the country's best, along with a link to each of their bios. Attorneys marked with an asterisk (*) are first-time selections to the Best Lawyers list. Lawyers marked with (10) have been on the Best Lawyers list for at least 10 years. Those marked with (20) have been listed in Best Lawyers for at least 20 years, while those marked with (25) have been on the Best Lawyers list for at least 25 years: Atlanta Steven S. Dunlevie, Banking Law John D. Hopkins, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law William M. Ragland, Jr., Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law Michael J. Sullivan, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation Richard H. Vincent, Health Care Law Baltimore * John Parker Sweeney, Product Liability Litigation * T. Sky Woodward, Product Liability Litigation Charlotte Garza Baldwin III (10), Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, Corporate Law, Securities Law Timothy G. Barber, Commercial Litigation G. Michael Barnhill, Administrative Law, Commercial Litigation Cornelius W. Coghill III, Trusts and Estates Jim D. Cooley, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Education Law James P. Cooney III, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense James E. Daniel, Employee Benefits Law Bradford A. De Vore, Environmental Law J. Carlton Fleming (20), Corporate Law Debbie Weston Harden, Commercial Litigation Jeffrey S. Hay, Corporate Law, Venture Capital Law Mark J. Horoschak, Antitrust Law, Health Care Law Cyrus M. Johnson, Jr., Corporate Law Donald C. Lampe, Banking Law, Corporate Law Charles H. McCreary III (10), Real Estate Law Richard E. Morton, Environmental Law Thomas A. Price, Venture Capital Law Richard L. Rainey, Labor and Employment Law William C. Raper (20), Commercial Litigation Raboteau T. Wilder, Jr., Health Care Law Greensboro * Frank W. Bullock, Jr., Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Law Randall A. Hanson, Mergers & Acquisition Law Jack B. Hicks, Intellectual Property Law James M. Powell (10), Labor and Employment Law C. Robert Rhodes, Intellectual Property Law Thomas S. Stukes (10), Health Care Law Greenville Larry D. Estridge (10), Real Estate Law R. Howard Grubbs (10), Environmental Law D. Allen Grumbine, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Corporate Law Sandra Louise Weikel Miller, Health Care Law Samuel W. Outten, Commercial Litigation W. Lindsay Smith (10), Real Estate Law Elizabeth O. Temple, Securities Law Rory D. Whelehan, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law Raleigh Paul H. Billow, Public Finance Law Donald A. Donadio (10), Real Estate Law Robert E. Fields III, Mass Tort Litigation Marilyn R. Forbes, Mass Tort Litigation Garth A. Gersten, Insurance Law G. Thomas Lee, Public Finance Law Johnny M. Loper, Commercial Litigation William C. Matthews, Jr., Real Estate Law Pressly M. Millen, Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., Appellate Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation Frederick W. Rom, Product Liability Litigation Alexander P. Sands III, Government Relations Law Research Triangle Park Leslie E. Browder (20), Real Estate Law Kenneth G. Carroll, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Kenneth N. Shelton, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Private Funds Law, Timber Law Washington Richard G. David, Real Estate Law Diane J. Fuchs, Employee Benefits Law John D. Hagner, Real Estate Law Mark N. Poovey, Antitrust Law Jeffrey L. Tarkenton, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law Wilmington Gerard M. O'Rourke, intellectual Property Law Winston-Salem Alfred G. Adams (20), Real Estate Law Jean Taylor Adams, Trusts and Estates Reid C. Adams, Jr., Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation H. Grady Barnhill, Jr. (25), Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation Jimmy H. Barnhill (10), Family Law Anthony H. Brett (10), Health Care Law Peter S. Brunstetter, Corporate Law, Health Care Law Karen E. Carey, Construction Law Keith A. Clinard, Commercial Litigation W. Andrew Copenhaver (10), Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law Linwood L. Davis (25), Corporate Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law Ronald R. Davis, Commercial Litigation Michael L. Drye, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Charles A. Edwards, Labor and Employment Law * Gusti W. Frankel, Municipal Law, Personal Injury Litigation Allan R. Gitter (20), Personal Injury Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law Murray C. Greason, Jr. (25), Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Stanley B. Green, Environmental Law Ellen M. Gregg, Commercial Litigation Michael D. Gunter (10), Corporate Law, Employee Benefits Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Hardin G. Halsey, Real Estate Law, Timber Law Hada de Varona Haulsee, Product Liability Litigation Lori Privette Hinnant, Environmental Law Jeffrey C. Howland (10), Corporate Law, Securities Law, Technology Law, Venture Capital Law Jeffrey T. Lawyer, Tax Law Christopher E. Leon, Banking Law R. Michael Leonard, Mass Tort Litigation, Natural Resources Law James R. Morgan, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Kenneth A. Moser (10), Banking Law, Real Estate Law Elizabeth L. Quick (20), Trusts and Estates George A. Ragland (10), Trusts and Estates Michael E. Ray, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Law Richard T. Rice (10), Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law Greg L. Smith (10), Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Tax Law William B. Sullivan (10), Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law Keith W. Vaughan (10), Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation William R. Whitehurst, Employee Benefits Law C. Mark Wiley (10), Tax Law Erna A. P. Womble, Product Liability Litigation William F. Womble, Jr. (10), Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation Womble Carlyle - Innovators at Law A full-service business law firm, Womble Carlyle ranks among American Lawyer magazine's list of the 100 leading firms in the country and is a top law firm for companies doing business in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. The firm is a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Corporate Leadership Award, making Womble Carlyle the first law firm ever to receive the highest honor given to a business organization in recognition of its support of the Fund and its 45 member educational institutions. The firm also is the first law firm to be awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Founded in 1876, Womble Carlyle operates in six states and the District of Columbia with more than 500 attorneys in eleven offices located in Atlanta, GA; Greenville, SC; Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Winston-Salem, NC; Washington, DC; Tysons Corner, VA; Baltimore, MD; and Wilmington, DE. Womble Carlyle is located in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, and serves clients nationally and globally.