Sharon D. Stuart and Deborah Alley Smith Named to 2020 Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation
September 14, 2020
Now in its ninth edition, the Top 250 Women in Litigation determines honorees through research of litigators’ professional activities as well as client feedback from surveys and individual interviews. According to Benchmark Litigation, “These women have earned their place among the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients.”
Deborah Alley Smith has served as Managing Partner since 2010. Her practice focuses on post-judgment and appellate litigation. She devotes her time to research and writing and to preparing partners for trial to ensure that significant issues are preserved in the event of an appeal. Debbie assists in the post-judgment briefing and presentation and handles the appeal.
This is Debbie’s fourth year to be recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. Debbie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, recognized in Chambers USA for Litigation: Appellate (Band 1), selected for inclusion in the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® in the fields of Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation 2010-2021, and routinely listed in Alabama Super Lawyers® in the field of appellate law.
Sharon D. Stuart devotes her practice to civil trial work and arbitration. She focuses on complex commercial and insurance litigation and handles a variety of pharmaceutical and medical devise products liability litigation as national, regional, or local counsel.
This is Sharon’s fourth year to be recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation. She was recently recognized by 2020 Chambers USA for Litigation: General Commercial Alabama, is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, selected for Inclusions in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Insurance Law and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, and “Bet-the-Company” Litigation in 2021. Sharon was named The Best Lawyers in America ® 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Litigation -Insurance and in 2018 as Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law.
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